2. The roles of Officers and Members

2.1 Both officers and Members serve the public. Councillors are responsible to the electorate whilst officers are responsible to the Council as a whole. Councillors have the legal authority to make decisions. This authority is exercised in the Councils Committees, Cabinet and at meetings of the Full Council. Many types of decisions are delegated to officers.

2.2 Officers advise Members and implement the Councils decisions. Their advice is based upon professional judgement rather than political considerations. At all times they are expected to act with competence, honesty and integrity. Professional officers are bound by the Codes of Conduct of their respective professional institutes and in addition the Council requires them to exercise their professional judgement impartially and to the best of their ability and to discharge their duty with due care and diligence and without discrimination. An officers own personal or political opinions must not interfere with their work for the authority.

2.3 It is important that the relationship between Officers and Members is based upon mutual trust and understanding. This relationship must never be abused or compromised.
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