Written statement to Parliament

Conduct guidance for elections on 5 May

Matt Hancock laid a written statement in Parliament on guidance for UK government civil servants in the run up to the 5 May 2016 elections.

As is normal ahead of the forthcoming elections, guidance has today been issued for civil servants in UK government departments and those working in arm’s length bodies on the principles that they should observe in relation to the conduct of government business in the run up to the forthcoming elections on 5 May 2016 to the Scottish Parliament; the National Assembly for Wales; the Northern Ireland Assembly; to some local authorities in England, including for the directly elected Mayors of London, Bristol, Liverpool and Salford; and for Police and Crime Commissioners in England and Wales.

The guidance sets out the need to maintain the political impartiality of the Civil Service, and the need to ensure that public resources are not used for party political purposes during this period. The period of sensitivity preceding the local, mayoral and Police and Crime Commissioner elections starts on 14 April, and in relation to the devolved administrations from 24 March for the elections to the Scottish Parliament; 30 March for the Northern Ireland Assembly; and 6 April for the National Assembly for Wales.

Copies of the guidance have been placed in the Libraries of the House and on the Cabinet Office website at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/election-guidance-for-civil-servants.