Section 50: Model code of conduct
117.Section 50(1) and (2) enables the Secretary of State or the NAW to issue a model code of conduct for members of relevant authorities. The model code will give practical effect to the general principles in terms of councillors’ behaviour. The code replaces a number of statutory instruments implemented in an ad hoc fashion over time. Once councillors have signed up to a locally adopted version of this code, they will be expected to abide by it. If they do not, they will become subject to investigation by the new Standards Board in England (and the CLAW in Wales) and to possible subsequent disciplinary action under section 79.
118.This section specifies that the model codes must be consistent with the general principles. A code may include mandatory and optional provisions. Once again, the Secretary of State and the NAW would be required to consult representatives of relevant authorities and other persons or organisations before introducing model codes. The Secretary of State may invite these organisations to draw up a draft model code.