Ethics

  • Solace preview: Evolving our approach to ethics and standards

    18 September 2019

    Local government is well-placed to lead the way in evolving and supporting ethical standards to keep pace with challenging times, says Jacqui McKinley, who will speak at next month's Solace Summit 2019 in Birmingham.


  • Throw the officers under the bus

    16 July 2019

    In the wake of the events leading to the Darroch resignation, Blair Mcpherson says local government officers, like civil servants, are expected to provide impartial advice rather than tell politicians what they want to hear - and that means giving unvarnished assessments of proposed partners or contractors.


  • The current standards regime is not fit for purpose

    03 July 2019

    The recommendations within the Committee for Standards in Public Life report on local government standards must be taken seriously by the sector and Whitehall, says Graeme McDonald.


  • Information sharing tensions found in child harm review

    12 June 2019

    Legal and ethical tensions between maintaining confidentiality and sharing information are continuing, a review of some of the most serious child protection cases in Scotland has found.


  • Robots and Risk – what could possibly go wrong?

    12 June 2019

    David Forster says that while remarkable 4th Industrial Revolution projects offer opportunities to reshape service provision, managing risk in the age of machines will be the next big challenge for risk managers and heads of governance.


  • Do no evil 

    14 May 2019

    Defining integrity is easy, says Blair Mcpherson. The difficult part is applying it in a complex political environment such as local government.


  • Call for power to ban councillors

    30 January 2019

    Council standards boards should have the power to ban councillors for up to six months without allowances, the Committee on Standards in Public Life has recommended.


  • New ethics guidance for under-pressure officers

    01 November 2018

    The organisation representing council finance officers has updated its ethics guidance as the pressure grows on public sector accountants.


  • Senior officers 'feel less secure'

    28 June 2018

    Senior officers are less empowered to speak out when they need to because they feel less secure, the leader of a review of local government ethical standards has said.


  • Standards split between officers and councillors

    22 May 2018

    Councillors and officers are divided over the future of the standards regime, with politicians backing the existing approach dismissed as a ‘toothless tiger’ by officials.


  • Call for ethical standards in outsourced services

    10 May 2018

    The independent Committee on Standards in Public Life has criticised the lack of ‘real progress’ on measures to reinforce ethical standards in outsourced public services.


  • Raising the standard

    25 April 2018

    Graeme McDonald questions whether more needs to be done to promote standards and good conduct in the local government sector.


  • Ethical standards in local government to be reviewed

    30 January 2018

    A review into how local government is supporting ethical standards is to be conducted by the Committee on Standards in Public Life.


  • Bennett: Old parties have run out of ideas

    15 April 2016

    Only political will is needed to find enough money to pay for ‘vital council services,’ Green leader Natalie Bennett said as she launched her party’s local election campaign today.


  • Sector urged to ditch fossil fuels

    22 March 2016

    ‘Narrow interpretations of fiduciary duty should not be a barrier’ for local government to commit to divestment from fossil fuels, a new report has argued.


  • Ethical trading disputes could land authorities with hefty costs

    22 March 2016

    Councils facing legal disputes over decisions to cease trading and investment with countries on ethical grounds could face huge costs.


  • Objections to ‘unethical’ investment plans

    08 March 2016

    Investment of public sector pensions should not turn a ‘blind eye to horrific human rights abuses’ and other unethical practices, a senior London politician has said.


  • What a hashtag!

    01 March 2016

    While The MJ is a UK-based publication, Diary has been known to take note of international affairs from time to time.


  • SOLACE Summit: Rogers fed up being treated like child

    08 October 2015

    The president of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE) has called for a ‘new psychological contract’ between the sector and Whitehall.


  • Cracking the code

    30 September 2015

    Many believe in the need for an ethical code for officers to follow and, in the wake of SOLACE’s recent unveiling of its own draft ethics code, Dan Peters reports on a poll of 1,000 councillors by The MJ