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The Nolan Principles

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 official duties.
  • 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.

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ALLOTMENTS STOCKPORT GENERAL MEETING

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

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Merry Christmas to all our members, and all allotment plot holders everywhere

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Watch out, burglars about

There have been a lot of allotment break-ins recently, they are happening all over the country, including here is Stockport.

Please be vigilant and ensure you leave nothing of value on your plot. If you are an unfortunate victim, please report it to the Police and insist on a crime number.

The advantage of having a crime number is that it is a matter of record and helps trace what crimes are happening, which areas should have increased oversight and which recorded crimes cannot be attended to. Would also strongly suggest that you register what has happened with your Secretary, so that the committee can build an accurate record of what is happening on your site.

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ALLOTMENTS STOCKPORT GENERAL MEETING

An  Allotments Stockport general meeting will be held at 7pm on Tuesday 20th November. The venue as usual is Walthew House, 112 Shaw Heath, Stockport,SK2 6QS. This is our last meeting of the year, everyone is welcome, we would love to see you there.

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NWCAA meeting

There is a NWCAA meeting on Sunday 21st October at 1 pm, the venue is

Crumpsall and Cheetham model allotments

Hazelbottom Road, Manchester, M8 0GQ

 

If you are planning to attend, please let me know as it helps them to organise refreshments

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