Like all civil servants, government communicators must carry out their work objectively and without political bias, in accordance with the standards of behaviour set out in the Civil Service Code.
The Cabinet Office has published General Election 2019: Guidance for Civil Servants. This guidance takes effect from 00:01 on Wednesday 6 November 2019.
This guidance applies to all UK civil servants, and the board members and staff of Non-Departmental Public Bodies (NDPBs) and other arms’ length bodies.
In the specific context of government communications, propriety means presenting the policies and programmes of the government of the day properly and effectively. To achieve this, government communications:
The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of all civil servants.
The Government Communication Propriety Guidance gives more detailed information on how to observe propriety within government communications.
Government Communication Propriety Guidance (PDF, 42 pages 218KB)
If you have any questions about propriety, it is always best to contact your line manager or Director of Communications in the first instance. If you require further clarification or advice, contact the GCS Propriety Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.