General conduct


You must:

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


  • respect others, not bully any person and you must not do anything which may cause your authority to breach any of the equality enactments


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


  • respect the confidentiality of information which you receive as a member -
    • not disclosing confidential information to third parties unless required by law to do so or where there is a clear and over-riding public interest in doing so; and
    • not obstructing third parties' legal rights of access to information


  • not misconduct yourself in a manner which 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 of public resources for private and political purposes


  • exercise your own independent judgement, taking decisions for good and substantial reasons -
    • attaching appropriate weight to all relevant considerations including, where appropriate, public opinion and the views of political groups
    • paying due regard to the advice of officers, and in particular to the advice of the statutory officers, namely the Head of Paid Service, the Chief Finance Officer and the Monitoring Officer and
    • stating the reasons for your decisions where those reasons are not otherwise apparent


  • account for your actions, particularly by supporting the authority's scrutiny function


  • ensure that the authority acts within the law.



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Published 06/25/2018