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This Privacy Notice explains how we use the information that we collect about you.
As Councillors of Fife, we will use the information provided by you in order to represent your views and opinions and to help with any difficulties that we can help to resolve. Under Data Protection Legislation, Councillors are known as a data controller. This means, we have to handle and process your personal information appropriately in order for us to fulfil our duties.
The personal information that we gather and use may include your name, contact details and any information relating to your query or consultation with us.We will keep your information for as long as necessary to resolve your enquiry; and may retain this for our term of office, in case you need to contact us again during that time.
We may need to share your information with Services within Fife Council and their Arms Lengths Organisations (ALEOs) to ensure you are provided with help, advice or services that you are entitled to. We may also record your information on a case recording system (via Fife Council) and with the team who provide support to us.
In order to carry out the functions above, we may also receive information about you from Services within Fife Council.
If you have concerns about the use of your personal data, please contact your Councillor direct in the first instance. If you remain dissatisfied, you may wish to contact the Information Commissioner's Office to raise your concern or complaint. The ICO can be contacted in writing at: Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF or telephone: 0303 123 1113 or online: https://ico.org.uk/concerns/getting/.
Councillors are people elected by the residents of Fife following local government elections. We have 75 councillors in Fife – together they make up Fife Council.
Surgeries are where councillors come to regular pre-set meetings in the community. They offer constituents an opportunity to speak to their councillor on a one-to-one basis where they can raise issues of concern. We have a 24 hr surgery helpline (contact details at the foot of the page) so that members of the public can find out when their councillor is next holding a public meeting.
Salaries & Expenses
Councillors are paid for the work they do. Most councillors receive a basic salary of £16,994 each year.
Those who have special responsibilities receive more.
- The Leaders of the Council receive £29,742
- The Provost receives £29,742
- The Leader of the Opposition and the Depute Provost receive £21,674
- The Senior Councillors (Committee Chairs, and Executive Board members with portfolio responsibility) receive £21,674
Privacy Notice – for Elected Members
As elected members, our Councillors will use the information provided by you in order to represent your views and opinions and to help with any difficulties that they could help to solve. Each Councillor is what’s known as a data controller for this information, carrying out this role and using your information in order to fulfil a public function in the public interest.
The personal information that they gather and use may include your name, contact details and any information relating to your query or consultation with them.
The Councillor you contact will keep your information for as long as they deem necessary to resolve your enquiry; and may retain this for their term of office, in case you need to contact them again during that time.
They may need to share your information with Services within Fife Council to ensure you are provided with help, advice or services that you are entitled to. They may also record your information on a case recording system (via Fife Council) and with the team who provides support to them as elected members of Fife Council.
In order to carry out the functions above, they may also receive information about you from Services within Council.
If you have concerns about the use of your personal data, please contact the Councillor direct in the first instance. If you remain dissatisfied, you may wish to contact the Information Commissioner’s Office to raise your concern or complaint. The ICO can be contacted in writing at: Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF or telephone: 0303 123 1113 or online: https://ico.org.uk/concerns/getting/.
STATEMENT OF EXPECTED STANDARDS OF BEHAVIOUR OF COUNCILLORS
As Councillors, we know that the public has a high expectation of its elected members and the way in which we conduct ourselves in undertaking our duties in the Council. This document sets out the behaviours that are expected of all Councillors and we, in all political groups, endorse the statement and will promote the expected standards of behaviour within our respective groups.
- Respect by Councillors for one another and for the Council’s employees plays a key role in ensuring that the interests of the electorate are represented as effectively as possible.
- Inappropriate behaviour is determined by the impact that it has on the individual, even if there was no intention to cause offence.
- The level of conduct expected applies to all situations where we act as a Councillor including meetings of the Council; when we are representing the Council on official business; and in our informal dealings with Council employees, party political groups and members of the public.
- We as Councillors are accountable for our own individual conduct at all times, irrespective of the conduct of others.
- The high standards of behaviour expected of us as Councillors also extends to our interactions on social media (for example social networking sites, blogs, wikis).
As a Councillor it is expected that we will:
- Treat everyone we come into contact with in the course of our duties as a Councillor with courtesy and respect, even if we disagree with their views.
- Respect the convener, our colleagues, Council employees and any members of the public present during meetings of the Council, its Committees or Sub-Committees or any other formal meetings where we represent the Council.
- Behave in accordance with the standards set out in the Council’s Councillor/Officer Protocol and the Standards Commission’s Councillors’ Code of Conduct (and associated guidance) at all times.
It is recognised that the Convener of any Council meeting has a responsibility to ensure that the views and opinions of all participants are allowed to be expressed and that the meeting is conducted in compliance with the Council’s standing orders. Therefore if a Convener witnesses inappropriate behaviour during a meeting, they are expected to ask the individual to stop the behaviour. If the behaviour does not stop, they may also exercise their right to ask the individual to leave the meeting in accordance with the Council’s standing orders.
If any Councillor is subjected to or witnesses behaviour that falls short of these expectations it is often better to take action early on rather to allow it to worsen by doing nothing, or for the situation to be repeated by others. The individual may be unaware of the behaviour that is causing offence, and although this is not an excuse for such behaviour, they will often stop the behaviour once they are aware of its impact. You may also wish to refer the matter within your own political group or to the Standards and Audit Committee for consideration.
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