This years AGM will be held on Tuesday 26th March, the venue is Walthew House, 112 Shaw Heath, Stockport, SK2 6QS, at 7pm.
If any member wishes to submit a motion or amendment for the agenda, they should do so in writing to the secretary at least 14 days before the meeting, at email@example.com
Following the AGM, we are holding a seed swap, please bring any spare seeds you have,and swap seeds with other AS members
Reminder that the AGM and Seed swap will be held on Tuesday 26th March at 7pm, at Walthew House, Shaw Heath.
Can site secretaries please check the contact details on your sites page,if they are out of date, please contact us with the updated information.
The Nolan Principles – 20 years on…
What to look for in committee members
In 1994, the UK government established
a Committee on Standards in Public Life. The committee was chaired by Lord
Nolan, and was tasked with making recommendations to improve standards of
behaviour in public life. The first report of the committee established the
seven principles of public life, also known as the “Nolan principles”. 20 years
on from the development of the principles, have they made a difference, and are
they still relevant?
So what are the Nolan principles of
public life? The seven principles are outlined below:
- Selflessness – Holders of public office should act solely
in terms of the public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial
or other benefits for themselves, their family or their friends.
- Integrity – Holders of public office should not place
themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or
organisations that might seek to influence them in the performance of their
- Objectivity – In carrying out public business, including
making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for
rewards and benefits, holders of public office should make choices on merit.
- Accountability – Holders of public office are accountable
for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to
whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office.
- Openness – Holders of public office should be as open
as possible about all the decisions and actions they take. They should give
reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public
interest clearly demands.
- Honesty – Holders of public office have a duty to
declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps
to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest.
- Leadership – Holders of public office should promote and
support these principles by leadership and example.
You’d be hard-pushed to find anyone to argue against such noble values, but are they enough in and of themselves to ensure good behaviour in public life? The Nolan principles were revolutionary at the time because they focused on behaviour and culture, rather than processes. Therefore if someone lives by these values, it will go a long way to improving behaviour.The welcome side-effect is a board which has a tighter rein on processes and compliance, leading to a win-win situation. If you are really practicing accountability, integrity and leadership, you will ensure your organisation has a strategic plan in place, is spending public money wisely and is delivering exceptional service for all customers. If you are selfless and honest, you will be making decisions which are in the interests of the organisation, putting aside any personal interest and acting objectively and independently.
There is an Allotments Stockport general meeting at 19.00 on Tuesday 29th January.The venue is Walthew House, 112 Shaw Heath, Stockport, SK2 6QS. All members are welcome to attend