Code of Conduct for Members
Code of Conduct for Members

The following Local Government guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Code of Conduct for Members
  • The AppendixDisclosable pecuniary interests

Produced in partnership with Peter Keith-Lucas of Bevan Brittan

  1. 1

    Introduction

    1. This Code of Conduct applies to you whenever you are acting in your capacity as a member of [council name], including:

    2. 1.1

      at formal meetings of the Council, its Committees and Sub-Committees, its Cabinet and Cabinet Committees

    3. 1.2

      when acting as a representative of the authority

    4. 1.3

      in taking any decision as a Cabinet Member or a Ward Councillor

    5. 1.4

      in discharging your functions as a Ward Councillor

    6. 1.5

      at briefing meetings with officers

    7. 1.6

      at site visits

    8. 1.7

      when corresponding with the authority other than in a private capacity

  2. 2

    Interpretation

    1. 2.1

      It is your responsibility to comply with the provisions of this Code.

  3. 3

    General conduct

    1. You must:

    2. 3.1

      provide leadership to the authority and communities within its area, by personal example;

    3. 3.2

      respect others and not bully any person;

    4. 3.3

      recognise that officers (other than political assistants) are employed by and serve the whole authority;

    5. 3.4

      respect the confidentiality of information that you receive as a member by:

      1. 3.4.1

        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

      2. 3.4.2

        not obstructing third parties’ legal rights of access to information;

    6. 3.5

      not misconduct yourself in a manner