In January 2019, the Committee on Standards in Public Life released a report on ethical standards in local government. This included a number of recommendations, including a recommendation that the Local Government Association (LGA) should create an updated national model code of conduct in consultation with other tiers of local government.
The new model code of conduct has now been completed and is open for consultation. The LGA welcomes views from both Councillors and Officers, and we urge all our members councils to take the time to respond to this important consultation.
Ethical standards in local government are essential; they help maintain public confidence in local decision making and are critical to protecting local democracy. NALC is asking the Committee on Standards in Pubic Life to publish a timetable for reviewing progress on the implementation of the report’s other recommendations (such as effective sanctions and compulsory training). Although matters such as sanctions are important, they are not the scope of this consultation at this time.
This topic continues to be of high priority for us and our national association and we hope that our member councils are able to respond to the consultation.
Find out more about the LGA’s consultation work, including summer webinars on the model code.
Read more about Councillor’s interests in the ‘Meetings and Procedures’ pages of our Knowledge Bank.
Watch videos on the Nolan Principles of Public Life