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Councillors code of conduct


Councillors code of conduct  

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  1. 1. Councillors code of conduct

    • It looks about right to me
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    • It's not strict enough
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    • It's too tough
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Just so you know, this is what the government suggest as a template for local codes of conduct for councillors.

 

Is it about right? Do councillors uphold those standards? Is something missing? Is it too onerous?

 

 

 

Illustrative text for code dealing with the conduct expected of members and co-opted members of the authority when acting in that capacity

 

You are a member or co-opted member of the [name] council and hence you shall have regard to the following principles – selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

 

Accordingly, when acting in your capacity as a member or co-opted member -

 

You must act solely in the public interest and should never improperly confer an advantage or disadvantage on any person or act to gain financial or other material benefits for yourself, your family, a friend or close associate.

 

You must not place yourself under a financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might seek to influence you in the performance of your official duties.

 

When carrying out your public duties you must make all choices, such as making public appointments, awarding contracts or recommending individuals for rewards or benefits, on merit.

 

You are accountable for your decisions to the public and you must co-operate fully with whatever scrutiny is appropriate to your office.

 

You must be as open as possible about your decisions and actions and the decisions and actions of your authority and should be prepared to give reasons for those decisions and actions.

 

You must declare any private interests, both pecuniary and non-pecuniary, that relate to your public duties and must take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest, including registering and declaring interests in a manner conforming with the procedures set out in the box below.

 

You must, when using or authorising the use by others of the resources of your authority, ensure that such resources are not used improperly for political purposes (including party political purposes) and you must have regard to any applicable Local Authority Code of Publicity made under the Local Government Act 1986.

 

You must promote and support high standards of conduct when serving in your public post, in particular as characterised by the above requirements, by leadership and example.

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It seems like a good idea.

 

My biggest concerns would be the need for enforcment/punishements (a slap on the wrist maybe) and who would decide if resources had been used incorrectly? If a counciller if fighting an obviously lost cause, or looking to bring in policies which will never be brought in just to win votes, then surely thats a waste or resources for political gain.?

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The bar seems to set about right for the public but whether politicians can get over it depends on where you are starting from. I would suggest that NO Sheffield councillor can currently get anywhere near it because they are so low down to start with. It's all very well but who is going to enforce it? It almost smacks of democracy and we don't want that in Sheffield do we?

 

I think a similar code of conduct should be in place for council executive management as well.

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I think a similar code of conduct should be in place for council executive management as well.

 

Any council will have it own code of conduct which applies to every employee, which is usually is adheared to (whatever you might think). If it isnt there are consequences.

 

I think at present any councillor is above any consequences.

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How can the government suggest a code of conduct for anyone when they have no moral authority whatsoever? They need to look at their own conduct first.

 

I only read the first two lines Tony and I couldn't stomach any more hypocrisy. The government want to follow that code themselves first.

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If you have to write down your code of ethics you have already lost.

 

Absolutely. If we have to write down that coucillors have to act solely in the public interest, then we must be in a very strange place.

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As a comparison Sheffield's current code of conduct is here.

 

As a former Group Whip, I'd like to be able to fire the buggers when they don't turn up to meetings and claim they don't have enough time to see to their council responsibilities "because I've got a job". :mad:

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