The Seven Principles of Public Life outline the ethical standards that people working in the public sector are required to demonstrate.
The Principles were first set out in the Committee on Standards in Public Life’s first report by Lord Nolan in 1995, and they are included in a range of Codes of Conduct across public life and are often referred to as the “Nolan Principles.”
So, what about Conflicts of Interest?
Recognising the unique and unprecedented nature of the challenge for the public sector during the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Committee strongly asserts that continuing to uphold the Seven Principles of Public Life is vital to maintaining trust in government and our institutions throughout the COVID-19 crisis.
The Committee on Standards in Public Life will not be considering the government’s practical response to the crisis, e.g. the availability of PPE or length of lockdown, but rather monitoring any impact on standards and adherence to the Nolan Principles.
When some people benefit more or some are disadvantaged by decisions, we risk major conflict.