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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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Application of Article 10 of ECHR at Hearings of the Standards Commission

30th June 2017

The Standards Commission, at a recent hearing, determined that two councillors of Edinburgh City Council who had publicly identified staff in public, in the context of Council failings of project management, had not breached the Councillors’ Code of Conduct. This was because of the enhanced protection afforded by the European Convention on Human Rights.  The case is considered to be of particular significance as the Standards Commission outlined the approach its Hearing Panels will...

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Updated Standard Presentation to Board Members

5th June 2017

The Standards Commission has updated its Standard Presentation for Board Members on the Members' Model Code of Conduct. This can be found under Training on the Education & Resources Menu or by clicking the link below: Standard Presentation to Board Members

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@StandardsScot

9th May 2017

The Standards Commission has launched its Twitter account!  Follow us @StandardsScot for news about our work, including Hearings, events and training. The Standards Commission's Twitter account can be found here.

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Updated Standard Presentation to Elected Members

1st May 2017

The Standards Commission has updated its Standard Presentation for Elected Members on the Councillors' Code of Conduct. This can be found under Training on the Education & Resources Menu or by clicking the link below: Standard Presentation to Elected Members on the Councillors' Code of Conduct

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Appointment of New Commission Member

7th April 2017

The Standards Commission is pleased to announce that Mrs Patricia Stewart took up her appointment as a Member of the Standards Commission on 1 April 2017.  Mrs Stewart was appointed to replace Mr Matt Smith, whose tenure ended on 31 March 2017.   Mrs Stewart is currently also a Director of Peridot International Ltd, a consultancy focusing on project management, management and HR consultancy. Mrs Stewart has over 25 years’ experience in senior management...

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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...

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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’...

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