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LAIRD WARNS ON POLICY LOBBYING

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The Chartered Institute of Housing has warned members they may be in breach of its code of conduct if they join a n...
The Chartered Institute of Housing has warned members they may be in breach of its code of conduct if they join a new housing body.

A group of chief housing officers has proposed setting up a group to lobby on policy issues. But CIH chief executive Christine Laird has warned that this could breach the institute's code of conduct and the Widdicombe restrictions on officers' political activities, enshrined in the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.

The code says: 'Members must ensure their private, personal, political and financial interests do not conflict with their professional duties.'

Ms Laird said: 'You could have a scenario in which a member of this group put forward a view their employer is diametrically opposed to.

'Chief officers need to think very carefully about what they are trying to achieve (with this group) and what risks they are running.'
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