Thursday, 16 October 2014

The Seven Principles Of Public Life

The Havering Witness has been trying to bring Havering council / police corruption to the public and judicial eye for so long that we need to have a moment to reflect on what a good council or councillor should be like.  Please see a description of the Seven Principles of Public Life below. These principles are known to be followed in other councils. (Each local council adopts its own code for councillors to follow but it must be based on the Committee on Standards in Public Life’s seven principles of public life. These were developed by the Nolan Committee, which looked at how to improve ethical standards in public life, and are often referred to as the ‘Nolan’ principles.)

The Seven principles of public life (The "Nolan Principles") 

Selflessness Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest.  

Integrity Holders of public office must avoid placing themselves under any obligation to people or organisations that might try inappropriately to influence them in their work. They should not act or take decisions in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family or their friends. They must declare and resolve any interests and relationships. 

Objectivity Holders of public office must act and take decisions impartially, fairly and on merit, using the best evidence and without discrimination or bias. 

Accountability Holders of public office are accountable to the public for their decisions and actions and must submit themselves to the scrutiny necessary to ensure this. 

Openness Holders of public office should act and take decisions in an open and transparent manner. Information should not be withheld from the public unless there are clear and lawful reasons for doing so.  

Honesty Holders of public office should be truthful. 

Leadership Holders of public office should exhibit these principles in their own behaviour. They should actively promote and robustly support the principles and be wiling to change poor behaviour wherever it occurs.