Nolan Principles

In early 2020 the Council had booked a series of strategic workshops to explore the way the Council works and investigate the purpose and values surrounding that work.


Unfortunately the pandemic has delayed the development of the outcomes from these workshops but these will be published as soon as they are ready to be delivered.


Any team, organisation, or group benefits from having a stated purpose.

A purpose gives direction, a context for everything that we do in our Council work and a sense of being aligned or as one in our actions and objectives



All people in public service should uphold the Nolan Principles. These are the foundation upon which we should all behave and live up to.

The Nolan Principles

The Seven Principles of Public Life outline the ethical standards those working in the public sector are expected to adhere to. They were first set out by Lord Nolan in 1995 in the first report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life and they are included in a range of Codes of Conduct across public life.

  • Selflessness
    Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest.
  • Integrity
    Holders of public office must avoid placing themselves under any obligation to people or organisations that might try inappropriately to influence them in their work. They should not act or take decisions in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends. They must declare and resolve any interests and relationships.
  • Objectivity
    Holders of public office must act and take decisions impartially, fairly and on merit, using the best evidence and without discrimination or bias.
  • Accountability
    Holders of public office are accountable to the public for their decisions and actions and must submit themselves to the scrutiny necessary to ensure this.
  • Openness
    Holders of public office should act and take decisions in an open and transparent manner. Information should not be withheld from the public unless there are clear and lawful reasons for so doing.
  • Honesty
    Holders of public office should be truthful.
  • Leadership
    Holders of public office should exhibit these principles in their own behaviour. They should actively promote and robustly support the principles and be willing to challenge poor behaviour wherever it occurs.