The Civility and Respect project has endorsed the Local Government Association (LGA) model Code of Conduct and the guidance notes aimed to help understanding and consistency of approach towards the code.
The code is a template for councils to adopt in whole and or with amendments to take into account local circumstances.
The code and guidance have been designed to protect our democratic role, encourage good conduct, and safeguard the public’s trust and confidence in the role of councillor in local government.
While it sets out the minimum standards of behaviour expected, together with the guidance, it is designed to encourage councillors to model the high standards expected, to be mutually respectful even if they have personal or political differences, to provide a personal check and balance, and to set out the type of conduct that could lead to complaints being made of behaviour falling below the standards expected of councillors and in breach of the code. It is also to protect councillors, the public, local authority officers and the reputation of local government.