The following Local Government precedent Produced in partnership with Peter Keith-Lucas of Bevan Brittan provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
This Code of Conduct applies to you whenever you are acting in your capacity as a member of [council name], including:
at formal meetings of the Council, its Committees and Sub-Committees, its Cabinet and Cabinet Committees
when acting as a representative of the authority
in taking any decision as a Cabinet Member or a Ward Councillor
in discharging your functions as a Ward Councillor
at briefing meetings with officers
at site visits
when corresponding with the authority other than in a private capacity
It is your responsibility to comply with the provisions of this Code.
provide leadership to the authority and communities within its area, by personal example;
respect others and not bully any person;
recognise that officers (other than political assistants) are employed by and serve the whole authority;
respect the confidentiality of information that you receive as a member by:
not disclosing confidential information to third parties unless required by law to do so or where there is a clear and overriding public interest in doing so; and
not obstructing third parties’ legal rights of access to information;
not misconduct yourself in a manner that is likely to bring the authority into disrepute;
use your position as a member in the public interest and not for personal advantage;
accord with the authority’s reasonable rules on the use
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