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Solace seeks views on ethics code

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Senior council managers are being asked for their views on the development of a code of ethics to help managers deal with the pressures rising from austerity.

The Society of Local Authority Chief Executives & Senior Managers launched a consultation on the code last week and intends to publish it in October.

The society is seeking views from council officers on concepts such as opennes, integrity and what it means to act “solely in the public interest” as well as whether senior managers should be subject to different standards from other council employees or politicians.

It is not suggesting there shold be penalties for those who breach the code’s eventual provisions.

President Mark Rogers (pictured), chief executive of Birmingham City Council, said: “This code will be central to our promotion of value-based leadership across local public services.

“The complexity of the challenges we face means leadership is now impacting across a wide range of institutional and cultural boundaries. To be effective this needs to set a high standard for integrity, honesty and objectivity.”

Mr Rogers said pressures resulting from austerity placed “even greater emphasis on public sector managers upholding democratic values, strengthening the accountability both of themselves and their political masters, and ensuring we act in the public interest”.

The consultation runs until 5 June.

Solace is working with other bodies across the sector to develop the code:

Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accounting

Lawyers in Local Government

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services

Association of Directors of Children’s Services

Public Sector People Managers’ Association

Association of Directors of Environment, Planning and Transport

Association of Directors of Public Health

Association of Policing and Crime Chief Executives

Chief Fire Officers’ Association


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