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The Committee on Standards in Public Life (CSPL) advises the Prime Minister on ethical standards across the whole of public life in England. It monitors and reports on issues relating to the standards of conduct of all public office holders.

CSPL is an independent advisory non-departmental public body. Our secretariat and budget are provided by the Cabinet Office.


We are responsible for:

  • advising the Prime Minister on ethical issues relating to standards in public life
  • conducting broad inquiries into standards of conduct
  • making recommendations as to changes in present arrangements
  • promoting the 7 principles of public Life

Our remit does not allow us to investigate individual allegations of misconduct. That is the role of the relevant regulator.


In 2017-18 our priorities are to:

Setting the Standard, the Committee’s Strategic Plan, Annual Report 2016-17 & Forward Plan 2017-18, sets out these priorities in greater detail.

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