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Before completing this form, please consider the Standards which Elected Members of the Council are expected to observe, summarised below. For full details of the Code of Conduct applicable to Central Bedfordshire Council Members see Part 5A of the Central Bedfordshire Council's Constitution.
For the Code of Conduct applicable to Town and Parish Councillors you should check the Town or Parish website or contact the Clerk. Contact details for Town and Parish Councils are listed here.
Part 5B of the Central Bedfordshire Council's Constitution details Arrangements for Dealing with Standards Allegations under the Localism Act 2011
The Principles
The principles that all Councillors are expected to comply with are called the Nolan Principles of Public life, these are as follows:
  • Selflessness
  • Integrity
  • Objectivity
  • Accountability
  • Openness
  • Honesty
  • Leadership
Standards (Code of Conduct)
Central Bedfordshire Councillors are expected to observe the standards listed below. Details of the Code of Conduct for Town and Parish Councils may be found on their website or by contacting the Clerk.
Standards (for Central Bedfordshire Council)
Selflessness:
  1. Members must always act in the public interest.
  2. Members must never use their position as a member of the Council improperly to secure for themselves or any other person, an advantage or disadvantage.
  3. Members must not use the Council's resources improperly for personal or party political purposes.
Integrity
  1. Members must not do anything which compromises or is likely to compromise the impartiality of those who work for, or on behalf of, the Council.
  2. Members must not disclose information given to them in confidence.
Objectivity
  1. When making decisions on behalf of the Council, including awarding contracts or making appointments, Members must do so on merit.
  2. Members must have regard to any relevant advice provided to them by the Council's Officers and, in particular, the Head of Paid Service, Chief Finance Officer and Monitoring Officer, where such advice is provided pursuant to their statutory duties.
Accountability
  1. Members must act in accordance with their legal obligations, including the following Acts of Parliament that confer special obligations on elected Councillors:
    Local Government Act 1972
    Employment Rights Act 1996
    Data Protection Act 1998
    Freedom of Information Act 2000
    Bribery Act 2010
    Equality Act 2010
    Localism Act 2011
  2. Members must act in accordance with the Council's policies and reasonable requirements, including any protocols and codes of practice that may apply. (e.g. in respect of Member/Officer Relations, ICT, Member Allowances etc).
Openness
  1. Members must give reasons for any decisions taken on behalf of the Council in accordance with any statutory requirements and the Council's Constitution.
  2. Members must not prevent another person from gaining access to information to which that person is entitled by law.
Honesty
  1. Members must declare any disclosable (pecuniary and non-pecuniary) interests or conflicts of interest that may arise in respect of their responsibilities as a member of the Council.
  2. Members must at all times ensure that any claims for expenses, allowances, and any use of facilities and services provided by the Council, are strictly in accordance with the rules laid down on these matters.
Leadership
  1. Members must set an example by their behaviour and shall act in a way that enhances public trust and confidence in the integrity of the Council and its Members.
  2. Members must show respect and courtesy to others.
  3. Members should value the Council's Officers and work alongside them to achieve the Council's objectives.
  4. In their dealings with the Council's employees, Members must have regard to the Council's protocol on Member/Officer Relations and on no account should they behave in a manner that might constitute bullying.