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Code of Conduct
Code of Conduct for Members
General principles of public life
The Localism Act 2011 requires the Council to adopt a Code of Conduct for Members that is consistent with the following principles:
Selflessness – members should serve only the public interest and should never improperly confer an advantage or disadvantage on any person.
Honesty and integrity – members should not place themselves in situations where their honesty and integrity may be questioned, should not behave improperly, and should on all occasions avoid the appearance of such behaviour.
Objectivity – members should make decisions on merit, including when making appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards or benefits.
Accountability – members should be accountable to the public for their actions and the manner in which they carry out their responsibilities, and should co-operate fully and honestly with any scrutiny appropriate to their particular office.
Openness – members should be as open as possible about their actions and those of their authority, and should be prepared to give reasons for those actions.
Leadership – members should promote and support these principles by leadership, and by example, and should act in a way that secures or preserves public confidence.
Tintagel Parish Council Council also expects its Members to observe the following principles:
Personal judgement – members may take account of the views of others, including their political groups, but should reach their own conclusions on the issues before them and act in accordance with those conclusions.
Respect for others – members should promote equality by not discriminating unlawfully against any person, and by treating people with respect, regardless of their race, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability. They should respect the impartiality and integrity of the authority’s statutory officers and its other employees.
Duty to uphold the law – members should uphold the law and, on all occasions, act in accordance with the trust that the public is entitled to place in them.
Stewardship – members should do whatever they are able to do to to ensure that their authorities use their resources prudently, and in accordance with the law.
Whilst these overriding principles are not formally part of the Code of Conduct they underpin the purpose and provisions of the Code of Conduct and are principles in accordance with which Members should conduct themselves.
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Harassment and Bullying Policy
Tintagel Parish Council’s Standing Orders part (2) state the following:-
1. No person shall obstruct the transaction of business at a meeting or behave offensively or improperly. If this Standing Order is ignored, the Chairman of the meeting shall request such person(s) to moderate opr improve their conduct.
2. If person(s) disregard the request of the Chairman of the meeting to moderate or improve their conduct, any councillor or the Chairman of the meeting may move that the person be no longer heard or excluded from the meeting. The motion, if seconded, shall be put to the vote without discussion.
3. If a resolution made under Standing Order 2(b) above is ignored, the Chairman of the meeting may take further reasonable steps to restore order or to progress the meeting. This may include temporarily suspending or closing the meeting.
Tintagel Parish Council is committed to promoting a working environment where employees and members can work without fear of being intimidated, harassed or bullied.
It is opposed to any conduct that has an effect on the health, confidence, morale and performance of those affected by it.
All employees are entitled to a working environment which respects their personal dignity.
Bullying is defined as any form of physical or verbal attack and/or threat of such, or the abuse of position, in order to attack or undermine the confidence or ability of another, or to place another employee under unreasonable pressure or subjecting another to detrimental treatment, by either act or omission.
Tintagel Parish Council will address and endeavour to eliminate harassment and bullying at work by:
• promoting a positive environment where everyone treats each other with respect,
• ensuring that allegations of harassment and bullying are fully investigated,
• the use of discipline procedures.
Where harassment arises from people not directly employed by Tintagel Parish Council, e.g. customers or clients, such complaints will be taken seriously and will be pursued with the party concerned, exercising whatever sanctions are available.
Anyone who believes s/he is being harassed or bullied should raise the matter through the Council’s Grievance Procedure.
Tintagel Parish Council operates a zero tolerance policy on bullying harassment and or aggressive, threatening or unreasonable behaviour towards its employees by members of the public when they attend the monthly meetings, Committee meetings, sub-committee meetings, or any other meeting where the employees of the Council are required by their contract of employment to be present.
Tintagel Parish Council extends this policy to protect Councillors from unreasonable behaviour from the public when the Council is conducting Council business.
Tintagel Parish Council also reminds all councillors of their duties to its employees and members of the public whereby the Council expect that all Councillors will behave in a manner which is compliant to the Code of Conduct at all times. If, at any time, the Council consider that a Councillor or member of the public, is behaving in an unreasonable manner, the Council will ask the person to leave the chamber, if this request is ignored the Council will have no choice other than to contact the police to deal with the matter
It is in everyone’s interest to create and maintain a harassment-free working environment.
Adopted by Tintagel Parish Council
6th May 2015