Having carried out the training for the new Code of Conduct I asked for clarification regarding the word “ prudent “ and this is the response I got
“The only use of the word prudent I can find in the new Code is the general obligation to:
‘ensure that public resources are used prudently in accordance with your Council’s requirements and in the public interest’
This means not using council resources or equipment for political or private purposes (the example in the training was of downloading porn onto a council laptop being a breach).
It would also extend more widely to ensuring value for money in spending public funds too.”
So in theory failing to ensure Value for Money could be a breach of the Code ?
What do you think ?
Also when carrying out the training please ask this question