Part 5 - Members' Code of Conduct

Below you will find the Member's Code of Conduct.

Code of Conduct for Members and Co-opted Members Of Gloucestershire County Council

When acting in your capacity as a Member or Co-opted Member of Gloucestershire County Council, you must show regard to the following seven principles of public life:

  • Selflessness;
  • Integrity;
  • Objectivity;
  • Accountability;
  • Openness;
  • Honesty;
  • Leadership.

In practice this will mean:

  1. Promoting and supporting high standards of conduct by embodying the principles of public life and leading by example.
  2. Acting solely in the public interest by never using your position to give any advantage, or cause disadvantage to a person; or gain any financial or other material benefits for yourself, your family, friends or associates.
  3. Not compromising yourself and the County Council by taking care to avoid financial or other obligations that individuals or organisations might use to try and influence how you perform your official duties.
  4. Making decisions base on merit when considering public appointments, awarding contracts or putting individuals forwards for rewards and benefits.
  5. Fully co-operating with the County Council’s scrutiny functions to be publicly accountable for your actions and protect the reputation of the Council as a whole.
  6. Giving reasons for the decisions and actions you and the County Council take in an open and honest way.
  7. Making sure that County Council resources are used appropriately by not using them for political purposes yourself, or allowing people you have authorised to use equipment to do so. This will mean having regard for the County Council’s various acceptable usage policies and any applicable Local Authority Code of Publicity made under the Local Government Act 1986.

Taking all necessary steps to resolve personal conflicts of interest by declaring and registering your pecuniary and non-pecuniary interests using methods the County Council has provided, as well as removing yourself from positions of influence when an interest is apparent.

Page updated: 09/10/2020 Page updated by: Gloucestershire County Council

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