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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.

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Survey of Members of Devolved Public Bodies

14th November 2018

The Standards Commission issued a survey to members of devolved public bodies at the end of August 2018.              The intention of the survey was to establish whether the lack of complaints about members of devolved public bodies was the result of a high level of adherence to the Codes of Conduct (based on the Model Code of Conduct) or whether poor conduct was taking place but going unreported. The Standards Commission also sought to establish the extent...

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Interim Suspensions

7th November 2018

Section 21 of the Ethical Standards Act provides the Standards Commission with the power to impose an interim suspension on a councillor or member of a devolved public body on receipt of an interim report from the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland (CESPLS) about an ongoing investigation.  The Standards Commission has introduced a policy outlining how it will make any decision under Section 21 and the procedures it will follow in doing so, should any such a rep...

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Sept 2018 Professional Briefing

2nd October 2018

Our latest quarterly professional briefing note can be found here.

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British Sign Language (BSL) Plan

2nd October 2018

We are pleased to publish our British Sign Language (BSL) Plan. The Plan sets out the actions which the Standards Commission will take over the period 2018-2024 to improve access to information and services for BSL users. Download a copy of the plan here.

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Standards Commission - Role and Remit (BSL Video)

11th September 2018

We are pleased to announce the production of a BSL video, which contains information about the role and remit of the Standards Commission.  Information about how to make a complaint  to the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public life in Scotland (CESPLS) that a councillor or member of a devolved public body has breached their respective Code of Conduct is included, along with the CESPLS contact details.  An explanation that the CESPLS will investigate any such complaint a...

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Draft British Sign Language (BSL) Plan - consultation

27th August 2018

We are pleased to publish the draft of our British Sign Language (BSL) Plan. The plan sets out the actions which the Standards Commission will take over the period 2018-2024 to improve access to information and services for BSL users. The draft plan is available on our Facebook page as a BSL video. We will accept comments on this draft plan unti...

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Regional Roadshows on the Councillors' Code of Conduct

24th August 2018

We are holding regional training events for elected members on the Councillors' Code of Conduct on the following dates: 14 November 2018 at Perth and Kinross Council, 2 High Street, Perth, PH1 5PH 18 February 2019 at North Lanarkshire Council, Civic Centre, Windmillhill Street, Motherwell, ML1 1AB. The training will include interactive sessions where the provisions of the Code and how they should be interpreted can be discussed. I...

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Annual Report 2017/18

21st August 2018

Our Annual Report for 2017/18 has been published and can be found here.  The Annual Report contains information about the work we undertook last year in order to meet our strategic objectives.  It also contains case statistics and summaries of the outcomes of the public Hearings we held and provides an overview of our governance arrangements and ļ¬nancial performance.

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Amended Guidance on the Councillors' Code of Conduct

9th July 2018

The Standards Commission has made some minor revisions to its Guidance in light of the amendments made to the Councillors' Code of Conduct issued on 9 July 2018. We have also updated the case illustrations to include more recent examples. The revised Guidance, with the amended Code incorporated, can be found here.

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Amended Councillors' Code of Conduct

9th July 2018

The Scottish Government has just published an amended version of the Councillors' Code of Conduct, as agreed by the Scottish Parliament. The amended Code can be found at http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2018/07/9975. One of the main changes is the inclusion of a new paragraph 3.6, which states that bullying and harassment are unacceptable and will be considere...

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