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