Code of Conduct

The Parish Council adopted the following Member Code of Conduct on the 7th January 2013

Member Code of Conduct – Whatton-in-the-Vale Parish Council

SELFLESSNESS: Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends.

INTEGRITY: Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might seek to influence them is the performance of their official duties.

OBJECTIVITY: In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefit. holders of public office should make choices on merit.

ACCOUNTABILITY: Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office.

OPENNESS: Holders of public office ahould be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions that they take. They should give reason for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands.

HONESTY: Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest.

LEADERSHIP: Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example.

Accordingly, when acting in your capacity capacity of as a Member or co-opted Member

1. You must act solely in the public interest and should never improperly confer an advantage or disadvantage on any person or act to gain financial or other material benefits to yourself, your family, a friend or close associate.

2. You must not place yourself under a financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might seek to influence you in the performance of your official duties.

3. When carrying oput your public duties you must make all choices, such as making public appointments, awarding contracts or recomending individusld for rewards or benefits, on merit.

4. Your are accountable for yuor decisions to the public and co-operate fully with whatever scrutiny is appropriate to your office.

5. You must be as open as possible about your decisions and actions and the decisions nd actions of your authority and should be prepared to give reasons for those decisions and actions.

6. You must declare any private interest, both pecuniary and non-pecuniary, that relate to your public duties and must take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest including registering and declaring interests in a manner confirming with the procedures set out in the box below.

7. You must, when using or authorising the use by others of the resources of yuor authority, ensure that such resourcves are not used improperlyfor political purposes (including party political purposes) and you must have regard to the applicable Local AuthorityCode of Publicity made under the Local Government Act 1986.

8. You must promote and support high standards of conduct when serving in your public post, in particular as characterised by the above requirement, by leadership and example.

9. You must have regard to any relevant advice provided to you by Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Monitoring Officer, or parish clerk where they are acting pusuant to their statutory duties.

10 You must not disclose inofrmation given to you in confidence by anyone, or information acquired by you which you believe, or ought to reasonably be aware, is of a confidential nature, except where:

a) You have then consent of a person authorised to give it

b) You are required by law to do so

c) The discosure is made to a third party for the purpose of obtaining prefessional advice provided that the third party agrees not to disclose the information to any other person: or

d) The disclosure is:

i) Reasonable and in the public interest and

ii) Made in good faith and in compliance with the reasonable requirements of the authority.

11 Members must promote equality by not discriminating against any person, and by treating people with respect, regardless of their race, age, relegion, gender, sexual orientation or disability.