Members Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct for Members and Co-opted Members has been adopted by Darlington Borough Council in compliance with the requirement set out in Chapter 7 of the Localism Act 2011. In addition to the Code of Conduct, the Council has adopted the 7 Principles of Public Life (the Nolan Principles).

The Seven Principles of Public Life:

Selflessness: Holders of public office should take decisions 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 influence them in the performance of their official duties.

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

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

Openness:Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions they take. They should give reasons 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.

members toolkit, information for new members

The full Members Code of Conduct can be found here.