Standards you should expect from us
In Haringey we are committed to the highest standards of ethical conduct from our Councillors and officers. On this page you will find an outline of these standards. These standards can be found in:
- Part Five, Section A - Members' Code of Conduct and
- Part Four, Section K - Officer Employment Procedure Rules of Haringey Council’s Constitution.
On this page you can also find out about our:
- Standards for Councillors - general principles and Standards Committee
- Register of Members' Interests
- Customer Standards
- How to report a complaint, compliment or suggestion about a council service
The standards for elected Councillors are clearly set out in The Members’ Code of Conduct (see the link above). Listed below are the general principles of the code:
|Selflessness||Members should serve only the public interest and should never improperly confer an advantage or disadvantage on any person|
|Integrity||Members should not place themselves in situations where their integrity may be questioned, should not behave improperly and should on all occasions avoid the appearance of such behaviour.|
|Objectivity||Members should make decisions on merit, including when making appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards or benefits.|
|Accountability||Members should be accountable to the public for their actions and the manner in which they carry out their responsibilities, and should co-operate fully and honestly with any scrutiny appropriate to their particular office.|
|Openness||Members should be as open as possible about their actions and those of their authority, and should be prepared to give reasons for those actions.|
|Honesty||Members should not place themselves in situations where their honesty may be questioned, should not behave improperly and should on all occasions avoid the appearance of such behaviour.|
|Leadership||Members should promote and support these principles by Leadership, and by example, and should act in a way that secures or preserves public confidence.|
The aim of the Committee is to promote and maintain high standards of ethical conduct among elected Councillors.
The Standards Committee page also outlines the procedure that you should go through if you want to allege that a Member or Co-opted Member has failed to comply with the Code of Conduct.
Haringey’s Members' Code of Conduct requires Members to register their disclosable pecuniary interests and other interests in a maintained and publicly available register, this includes gifts and hospitalities received of £50 or more.
The register is held under the Localism Act 2011 which came into force on 1 July 2012.
This requirement is to ensure that Members do not have a personal vested interest in a decision made by the Council (whether implemented or not) which might prejudice their judgement.
You can access an online version of the register from the Register of Members' Interests webpage. We also maintain a hardcopy register which is open to the public at all reasonable hours and is available for inspection, by appointment, at: River Park House, 225 High Road, Wood Green, London N22 8HQ. Telephone the Member Support Team on 020 8489 1770 to make an appointment.
Our officers are committed to delivering high standards of service provision that includes transparent and accessible governance. The rules governing our officers' conduct are outlined in Haringey Council’s Constitution.
Haringey also has a separate Customer Charter that outlines the standards that you should expect from all council officers.
Your feedback helps us to improve our services and ensures that we treat everyone fairly. If you are unhappy with something that we have not done, then please let us know.
The complaints, compliments and suggestions webpages explain the various ways that you can contact us to report your feedback.
We also have a whistleblowing policy in place for council employees, staff of council contractors, agency staff and trainees - part of the Anti-fraud and Corruption Strategy. See the Fraud and Corruption page for details.