Promoting values for the authority

Promoting values for the authority and demonstrating the values of good governance through upholding high standards of conduct and behaviour.
 
  • Ensuring authority members and officers exercise leadership by behaving in ways that exemplify high standards of conduct and effective governance.
  • Ensuring that organisational values are put into practice and are effective. 
 
The code should reflect the requirement for local authorities to: Compliance can be demonstrated by:

Ensure that the authority's leadership sets a tone for the organisation by creating a climate of openness, support and respect

  • Staff awareness sessions
  • Insite information
  • Joint Consultative Forum
Ensure that standards of conduct and personal behaviour expected of members and staff, of work between members and staff and between the authority, its partners and the community are defined and communicated through codes of conduct and protocols
  • Codes of conduct
  • Performance appraisal
  • Complaints procedure
  • Anti-fraud and corruption policy
  • Service Charters
  • Officer/member working relationship protocol.
Put in place arrangements to ensure that members and employees of the authority are not influenced by prejudice, bias or conflicts of interest in dealing with different stakeholders and put in place appropriate processes to ensure that they continue to operate in practice
  • Contract Procedure Rules
  • Codes of conduct
  • Financial Procedure Rules
Develop and maintain shared values including leadership values for both the organisation and staff reflecting public expectations and communicate these with members, staff the community and partners
  • Codes of conduct
Put in place arrangements to ensure that systems and processes are designed in conformity with appropriate ethical standards, and monitor their continuing effectiveness in practice
  • Codes of conduct
  • Ethical Standard training
  • Induction training
Develop and maintain an effective standards committee
  • Standards Committee Terms of reference
  • Regular reporting to the Council
Use the organisation's shared values to act as a guide for decision making and as a basis for developing positive and trusting relationships within the authority
  • Decision making practices
In pursuing the vision of a partnership, agree a set of values against which decision making and actions can be judged.  Such values must be demonstrated by partners' behaviour both individually and collectively
  • Protocols for partnership working