Code of conduct for councillors

The ethical framework

Local authorities are required to adopt a code of conduct, which sets out rules governing the behaviour of their Members and satisfies the requirements of the Localism Act 2011. All elected, co-opted and independent members of local authorities, including parish councils, are required to abide by their own, formally adopted, code. The code of conduct seeks to ensure that members observe the highest standards of conduct in their civic role. The code is intended to be consistent with the seven principles:

Seven general principles of conduct

  • 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 in the performance of their official duties.

  • Objectivity - In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards or benefits, 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 should be as open as possible about the decisions and actions that 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 by example, and should act in a way that secures or preserves public confidence.

Eden District Council Members' code of conduct

We adopted a Members' code of conduct on 25 November 2021. The code sets out the rules governing the behaviour of Members of Eden District Council. Each Member has signed an undertaking to act in accordance with the code of conduct.

Read Councillor code of conduct (PDF 287KB / 15 pages) and read guidance on code of conduct (PDF 294KB / 17 pages).

Parish Council Members' code of conduct

Each parish council has adopted a code of conduct, which is similar to the district council's code of conduct. Each parish councillor has agreed to observe the code of conduct. To view the code of conduct for your parish contact your parish clerk.

Breach in code of conduct

Read making a complaint about district or parish councillor, before you report a breach of the code of conduct, if you suspect either a district councillor or a parish councillor of breaking the code of conduct.

Contact the Monitoring Officer on the details below, to report of breach of the code of conduct or to tell us if you suspect a councillor of a breaking the code of conduct.

Last updated: Tuesday, 30 August, 2022.