The Good Governance Standard for Public Services, OPM and CIPFA, 2004

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It is perhaps surprising that there is no common code for public service governance to provide guidance across the complex and diverse world of public services, which are provided by the public sector and a range of other agencies. The Good Governance Standard for Public Services addresses this issue head on. It builds on the Nolan principles for the conduct of individuals in public life, by setting out six core principles of good governance for public service organisations. It shows how these should be applied if organisations are to live up to the Standard and provides a basis for the public to challenge sub-standard governance.