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Part 5 - Appendix 2 - Protocol on the relationship between Officers and Members of Gloucestershire County Council

Appendix 2 - protocol on the relationship between Officers and Members of Gloucestershire County Council of the Code of Conduct for Employees.

  1. Some Officers have specialist professional, technical or other qualifications or skills. Their contract of employment, however, usually forbids any other paid employment save that carried out for and on behalf of the Authority. Moreover, if Officers are to be and appear to behave politically neutral, they should avoid doing anything that might appear to indicate too close a relationship with the Member of any political group. A Member should not, therefore, ask or encourage an Officer and an Officer should not offer or agree to provide any service to that Member, whether or not for reward, for any purpose that is unconnected with the business of the Council.
  2. The need to maintain Officers’ political neutrality means that it will normally be inappropriate for them to maintain close social or private business relationships with a Member.
  3. Members whose business interests bring them into contact with Officers in the latter’s capacity as employees of the County Council must take care to ensure that they comply with the Council’s Code of Conduct for Members and the law. For their part, Officers must ensure they comply with the Council’s Contract Procedure Rules.
  4. More generally, Officers and Members must not use any relationship they have formed with each other by virtue of their office to secure any kind of personal advantage. They must also take care not to give the impression or appearance that their formal relationship is or might be used for personal gain.
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