The standards expected of those in government have made headlines in recent months – and not in a good way. The Greensill affair, confusion around the funding of the prime minister’s flat refurbishment, and the appointment of Gina Coladangelo as a non-executive director at the Department of Health and Social Care all placed a spotlight on the rules meant to govern how ministers, civil servants and special advisers can operate.
Do these episodes point to a deeper problem with the way standards in government are upheld? Is it right that many of these rules rely on informal conventions and expectations of behaviour? What can be done to strengthen the system?
To explore these questions and more, the IfG will be holding a special one-day conference on ethical standards in government.
Register now and find out more: https://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk/events/ethical-standards-government