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Code of Conduct and Standards

The seven 'Nolan Principles' for standards in public life summarised

The seven 'Nolan Principles' guide ethical standards across public life. First published in 1995, these principles and expectations apply to all elected members and employees in both local and national government, and all public bodies and office-holders across the public sector.

About standards in public life

Click on the blue bar to see a series of short videos produced by the Committee on Standards in Public Life to explain the seven Nolan Principles: accountability, honesty; integrity, objectivity; selflessness; openness and leadership.

Openness and transparency on personal interests

  • Code of Conduct: Openness and transparency on personal interests a guide for councillors (PDF, 63 Kb)

    Openness and transparency on personal interests a guide for councillors

    Department for Communities and Local Government

    ISBN: 978-1-4098--3604-9 | published September 2013

    'This guide on personal interests gives basic practical information about how to be open and transparent about your personal interests. It is designed to help councillors, including parish councillors, now that new standards arrangements have been introduced by the Localism Act 2011.

    The new standards arrangements that Parliament has put in place mean that it is largely for councils themselves to decide their own local rules. It is essential that there is confidence that councillors everywhere are putting the public interest first and are not benefiting their own financial affairs from being a councillor. Accordingly, within the new standards arrangements there are national rules about councillors' interests.

Legal context

The national rules are in Chapter 7 of the Localism Act 2011, and in the secondary legislation made under the Act. In particular, in The Relevant Authorities (Disclosable Pecuniary Interests) Regulations 2012 (S.I. 2012/1464) published by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (formerly the Department for Communities and Local Government).

Last updated: Thu, 07 Apr 2022 14:16