The Standards Commission is an independent body whose purpose is to encourage high ethical standards in public life through the promotion and enforcement of Codes of Conduct for councillors and those appointed to the boards of devolved public bodies.
New Member of the Commission - Mr Michael McCormick
16th February 2017
The Standards Commission is pleased to announce that Mr Michael McCormick was appointed as a Member of the Standards Commission on 1 February 2017. Mr McCormick is currently also a Non-Executive Director on the Board of NHS 24 and he periodically performs the role of selector at assessment centres operated by the College of Policing. Mr McCormick previously competed thirty years in policing in Scotland, serving with Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary, Lo...
Cancellation of Hearing
15th February 2017
The Standards Commission for Scotland has cancelled a Hearing that was due to take place on 21 March 2017 in respect of Councillor Kathleen Howie of Perth and Kinross Council. The Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life (CESPLS) referred a complaint to the Standards Commission for Scotland about the alleged conduct of Councillor Kathleen Howie of Perth & Kinross Council. The substance of the allegation was that Councillor Howie had contravened the Councillors’...
How Councils Work - Follow Up Report Nov 2016
14th December 2016
In November 2016 the Accounts Commission issued a follow up Report on roles and working relationships in councils aimed at supporting councillors and officers in ensuring their Council's governance arrangements remain fit for purpose. The follow up Report can be found here.
Consultation on the Councillors' Code of Conduct
12th December 2016
The Scottish Government is today launching a consultation on the Councillors Code of Conduct. The purpose of the consultation is to seek views on possible changes to the Code’s provisions on conflicts of interest as regards councillors who are also members of other public bodies such as Regional Transport Partnerships.. The Consultation can be accessed at: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/...
New Convener Appointed
28th November 2016
The Standards Commission for Scotland is pleased to announce that Professor Kevin Dunion OBE has been appointed by the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body to be the new Convener of the Standards Commission as of 1 February 2017. Professor Dunion commenced his appointment as a Member of the Standards Commission on 1 September 2015. As well as having chaired and participated in a number of Hearings of the Standards Commission since his appointment as a Member, Professor Dunion al...
Professional Briefing 11
29th September 2016
Contains information about: The Standards Commission's Advice Note on ALEOs The outcome of the survey about the management and conduct of Hearings A dispensation granted in respect of the Aberdeen City Region Deal You can find Professional Briefing 11 here and all of our previous issues under the Education...
Advice Note for Councillors on ALEOs
29th September 2016
We are grateful to those who took part in the Standards Commission's recent consultation on its draft Advice Note for councillors who are nominated or appointed to ALEOs and for the very helpful comments and suggestions received. The Advice Note has now been finalised and can be found here. It is hoped that this can be used as an additional reso...
Feedback on the Hearings Survey
3rd August 2016
Review of feedback from the Hearing Survey and the Standards Commission's comments are available to view at the following link Hearing Survey - Report.
Survey on the Hearing Process
27th May 2016
We are keen to ensure that we reflect best practice and are continually striving to improve our processes in respect of how we manage and conduct Hearings. If you are someone who has attended a Hearing and/or has been involved in the process within the past 6 months (commencing January 2016), we are interested in your views and feedback on the different aspects of the Hearing. We would, therefore, be grateful if you would consider completing a short survey, which is broken down i...
Professional Briefing 9
30th March 2016
Contains information about: The Standards Commission's Strategic Plan for 2016/2020 Future plans in respect of the Guidance on the Councillors' Code of Conduct A survey about the management of Hearings Learning outcomes from recent Hearings You can find Professional Briefing 9 and all of our previous issu...