The Nolan Principles
These principles arose from the work of the UK Committee on
Standards in Public Life (the Nolan Committee).
Seven Principles of Public Life are:
- 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.
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