Special advisers: code of conduct

The special advisers' code of conduct sets out guidance for rules and work.



Code of conduct

Employing special advisers adds a political dimension to the advice and assistance available to ministers while reinforcing the political impartiality of the permanent Civil Service by distinguishing the source of political advice and support. The Special Advisers’ Code of Conduct sets out guidance for rules and work in this area of work.

Model contract

The model contract for special advisers sets out the principal terms and conditions of employment for special advisers. It incorporates the written particulars required by the Employment Rights Act 1996 and, together with the offer letter, the Code of Conduct for Special Advisers and the Civil Service Code.

Published 23 September 2010
Last updated 21 December 2016 + show all updates
  1. Code of conduct and model contract updated.
  2. Updated Special Advisers' Code of Conduct and model contract.
  3. First published.