At its meeting of 29 November 2021, Billington and Langho Parish Council voted to adopt the model Councillor Code of Conduct provided by the Ribble Valley Borough Council.
The role of councillor across all tiers of local government is a vital part of our country’s system
of democracy. It is important that as councillors we can be held accountable, and all adopt
the behaviours and responsibilities associated with the role. Our conduct as an individual
councillor affects the reputation of all councillors. We want the role of councillor to be one
that people aspire to. We also want individuals from a range of backgrounds and
circumstances to be putting themselves forward to become councillors.
As councillors, we represent local residents, work to develop better services and deliver local
change. The public have high expectations of us and entrust us to represent our local area,
taking decisions fairly, openly, and transparently. We have both an individual and collective
responsibility to meet these expectations by maintaining high standards and demonstrating
good conduct, and by challenging behaviour which falls below expectations.
Importantly, we should be able to undertake our role as a councillor without being intimidated,
abused, bullied or threatened by anyone, including the general public.
This Code has been designed to protect our democratic role, encourage good conduct and
safeguard the public’s trust in local government.
The full 15-page Code of Conduct is to be found below as a PDF: