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Setting the Standard: Strategic Plan, Annual Report 2016-17 & Forward Plan 2017-18

The Committee sets out its strategic vision and purpose, reports on its work for 2016-2017, and outlines its plan for 2017-18.


Setting the Standard - Strategic Plan, Annual Report 2016-17 & Forward Plan 2017-18

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Setting the Standard includes the Committee’s strategic plan. Our purposes are clear: we examine areas of concern about the standards of conduct of public office holders, and promote the highest standards of conduct across public life. To achieve this, we develop well-argued, evidence-based, practical recommendations to help bolster ethical standards.

In 2016-17, we considered issues across public life from regulatory bodies to referendums, and party funding to induction for new MPs, to reinforce the importance of the Nolan Principles and emphasise their relevance in fast-changing times. In September 2016 we launched our report on regulators, Striking the Balance - Upholding the Seven Principles of Public Life in Regulation.

In 2017-18 we will publish the findings of our current review on ‘reasonable limits’ for MPs’ outside interests, and work with a wide range of audiences to address other standards issues, including local government and ethical standards for public service providers.

Published 10 July 2017