Part 5 - Code of Conduct for Employees
This Code of Conduct includes confidential reporting procedure (whistle-blowing) for employees other than for staff in educational establishments (for whom a separate code exists).
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- Code of conduct
- Personal appearance
- Use of the council's facilities and equipment
- Culture of the organisation
- Your interests
- Rules governing purchasing by employees
- Separation of roles during tendering
- Reporting a concern
- Gifts, prizes hospitality and sponsorship
- Register of gifts and hospitality
- Disclosure and use of information
- Political neutrality
- Appointments and other employment matters
- Undertaking additional work outside the council
- Arrest or conviction on civil or criminal charges
- Membership of clubs, socities and other organisations which are not open to the public and / or have secrecy about rules, membership etc.
- Conflict of interest
- Equality issues
- Health and safety issues
- Breaches of code of conduct
- Confidential reporting procedure for employees (whistle-blowing)
- A protocol on the relationship between officers and members of Gloucestershire County Council gives more information. (Appendix 2 - Protocol on the relationship between Officers and Members of Gloucestershire County Council).
- Employees must serve all Councillors and not just those of a single or controlling group, and must ensure that the individual rights of all Councillors are respected.
- Employees of the County Council are not eligible to stand for office as an elected member of the County Council. Employees, whether or not politically restricted under the terms of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989, must follow every policy of the Council and must not allow their own personal or political opinions to interfere with their work.
Politically Sensitive Posts
- The Local Government and Housing Act 1989 has the effect of imposing restrictions on public political activity by certain staff of local authorities in politically sensitive posts. Political assistants employed pursuant to Section 9, Local Government and Housing Act 1989 are not wholly bound by these restrictions.
- The effect of the inclusion of a post in a list of sensitive posts is that the postholder will be prevented from becoming a member of a local authority (except a Town or Parish Council), or a member of the House of Commons or the European Parliament. In addition, regulations prevent them from:-
- holding office in a political party
- canvassing at elections
speaking or writing publicly on matters on party political lines.