Basics on communicating with residents, colleagues and officers

This section sets out background information on communications in general for councillors, building on the code of conduct.

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Key points

  • It is important that councillors set out clearly in their communications whether it is sent in their councillor role or in a private capacity
  • Confidential information should generally not be disclosed
  • Bear in mind obligations under data protections rules
  • Consider carefully forwarding or sharing third party communication, in case it could be affected by copyright rules or could be considered defamatory material