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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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Press Release: LA/An/1772 - Cllr Colin Brown

16th March 2016

A Hearing Panel of the Standards Commission for Scotland recently concluded a Hearing into allegations of misconduct made against Councillor Colin Brown of Angus Council.  If you would like to view a press release about this case, please click the link below:   Press Release   &nbs...

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Health and Social Care IJBs - Standards Officer Appointments

2nd March 2016

The Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Act 2000 (Register of Interests) Regulations 2003 requires the Standards Commission to approve the Standards Officer of devolved public bodies, where that body has no employees. This applies to Health & Social Care Integration Joint Boards(IJBs). The Standards Commission has agreed an approval process with the Scottish Government’s Directorate for Health and Social Care Integration, under which the Chief Officers of IJBs&nb...

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Revised Guidance on the Councillors' Code of Conduct

1st March 2016

The Standards Commission has revised its Guidance on the Councillors' Code of Conduct.  The Revised Guidance can be found here.

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Re-launched Website for Standards Commission

15th January 2016

Welcome to our re-launched website!  Please take a look around and contact us with any comments! Thank you.

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Professional Briefing 8

8th January 2016

Contains information about: Revised Guidance on the Councillors' Code of Conduct The Standards Officer Workshop and the new Guidance for Members of Devolved Public Bodies Health and Social Care Integration Joint Boards Hearings since the last Briefing   You can find Professional Briefing 8 and...

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Press Release: LA/EL/1654 - Cllr Paul McLennan

16th November 2015

A Hearing Panel of the Standards Commission for Scotland recently concluded a Hearing into allegations of misconduct made against Councillor Paul McLennan  of East Lothian Council.  If you would like to view a press release about the case, please click the link below: Press Release: LA/EL/1654 - Councillor Paul McLennan of East Lothian Council

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Hearing of the Standards Commission

30th October 2015

The next Hearing of the Standards Commission, into the conduct of Councillor Paul McLennan, an elected member of East Lothian Council, will be held on Friday 13 November 2015 at 9.30am.  This will take place at the Town House, High Street, Haddington, East Lothian, EH41 4DA. Further details on this case, including the sections of the Councillors' Code of Conduct alleged to have been breached are available on the O...

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Professional Briefing 7

24th September 2015

This seventh edition of the Standards Commission for Scotland Professional Briefing covers:  Information on the next Workshop for Standards Officers, taking place in November 2015. A welcome to our newest Member of the Standards Commission, Professor Kevin Dunion, OBE. An invitation to take part in the consultation process relating to the revised Guidance on the Councillors' Code of Conduct. The outcome of the Hearing held since the...

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Other News

30th June 2015

Professional Briefing  This sixth edition of the Standards Commission for Scotland Professional Briefing covers: A request for feedback on what you would like to see covered in the review of the Guidance on the Councillors' Code of Conduct; The outcome of a dispensation request made on behalf of NESTRANS; An update on Health & Social Care Integration Joint Boards; the outcome of Hearings held since the last Professional...

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