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NEW CODE OF CONDUCT ADOPTED FOR MANCHESTER CITY COUNCILLORS

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Manchester City Council has adopted a code of conduct which sets out the ...
Manchester City Council has adopted a code of conduct which sets out the

standards which are expected of members and co-opted members of the

council.

All are bound by the code and anyone who feels a member has breached it may

make a written complaint to a new independent body, the Standards Board for

England, who will investigate it.

Manchester's City solicitor Susan Orrell said: 'The members of Manchester

City Council already uphold high standards of conduct and take their duty

to the public very seriously. The adoption of the new local code of

conduct is a further positive step in ensuring public confidence in the

standards of conduct of members of Manchester City Council.'

There are two important provisions of the code to which members will be

bound at all times. These are that members should not do anything which

brings the council or their office into disrepute, nor misuse their

official position to their own advantage or advantage or disadvantage of

others.

Otherwise it only applies when members are conducting the business of the

council or their office and in most cases where members represent

Manchester City Council on other bodies.

The code places a number of positive duties on members, for example the

promotion of equality by not discriminating against others and respecting

confidential information. It also sets out a number of things which

members should not do, for example, misusing council resources or unduly

influencing an employee of the council.

Under new rules members have to provide a record of their financial and

other interests in a public register as well as details of any gifts and

hospitality received in excess of£25. They are also required to declare

certain interests at meetings of the council.

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