An overview of the 'Nolan principles', which are the basis of the ethical standards expected of public office holders.
The 7 principles of public life apply to anyone who works as a public office-holder. This includes people who are elected or appointed to public office, nationally and locally, and all people appointed to work in:
- the civil service
- local government
- the police
- the courts and probation services
- non-departmental public bodies
- health, education, social and care services
The principles also apply to all those in other sectors that deliver public services.
They were first set out by Lord Nolan in 1995 and they are included in the Ministerial code.