East Devon District Council (EDDC) is asking residents for their views on the Councillor's Code of Conduct.

Residents have until 5pm on Monday 14 March 2022 to share their thoughts and help shape the new draft document, before EDDC makes any final decisions.

By law, EDDC must have a councillors’ code of conduct which is consistent with the seven principles of public life and governs the expected ethical standards of those elected to public office.

The principles are:
1. Selflessness
2. Integrity
3. Objectivity
4. Accountability
5. Openness
6. Honesty
7. Leadership

Councillor Ian Thomas, Chair of East Devon District Council and the council's Standards Committee said:

The Members’ Code of Conduct is a key element of our Constitution and must be compliant with the Nolan Principles, which underpin the standards of behaviour expected in public life, from Parish Council to the highest levels of Westminster Government.

We are currently updating our code, which largely reflects the model provided by the Local Government Association, with limited adaptation to reflect local circumstances.

It is particularly important we get this right, as whilst some Parish and Town Councils will set their own code, others are likely to reflect ours directly.

Much of the code is clear, but there are key areas on registration and disclosure of interests, gifts and hospitality where I would appreciate and value your views”.

EDDC has reviewed the Local Government Association’s example of a good code of conduct whilst revising its own. While the law means there are certain aspects in the code of conduct that cannot be changed, the council is seeking views on certain of the areas that can be.

Visit the online questionnaire to have your say here.

If you need a copy of this consultation on paper or in any other format, email codeofconduct@eastdevon.gov.uk or call 01395 517569.