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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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Health & Social Care Integration Joint Board Members' Workshop 24 Sept 2018

8th May 2018

We are holding a workshop on the Codes of Conduct for Members of Health and Social Care Integration Joint Boards (IJBs) in Edinburgh on the morning of Monday 24 September 2018.  The workshop will include training and discussions on issues such as how to balance responsibilities to different organisations, identifying and declaring conflicts of interest and maintaining confidentiality.  A full programme for this half day event will be circulated in due course.  If you are...

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Advice Note for Councillors on Distinguishing between their Strategic Role and any Operational Work

2nd May 2018

The Standards Commission has produced an Advice Note for councillors which is aimed at helping elected members to distinguish between their strategic role and any operational work.  The Advice Note also suggests issues that councillors should consider in order for them to ensure they undertake their scrutiny role effectively, while still complying with the provisions regarding relationships with employees and decision-making in the Councillors’ Code of Conduct. T...

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New Standards Commission Member appointed

1st May 2018

We are pleased to announce that the Scottish Parliament approved the appointment of a new Member of the Standards Commission, Mr Paul Walker, on 26 April 2018. Mr Walker will commence in post on 7 May 2018.   Mr Walker is a University of Glasgow history graduate, who has also a MBA degree from Strathclyde University, and re-trained many years later in law, started his career in the civil service and local government. He joined later the respected business organisation CBI Sco...

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Standards Commission - BSL Plan

19th April 2018

The Scottish Parliament and independent Officeholders' British Sign Language Plans - BSL Video The Scottish Parliament is holding an open event at the Scottish Parliament building to provide information about our BSL plans and to provide a opportunity to get the views of BSL users.  As an independent officeholder the Standards Commission will have a stall at this event. Details about the event can be found

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Proposed changes to the Councillors' Code of Conduct

6th April 2018

Scottish Minister propose amending the Councillors' Code of Conduct to to add an explicit reference to bullying and harassment, and to amend the provisions on declarations of interest in relation to councillors who are also members of Regional Transport Partnerships.  The amended Code can be found on the Scottish Government's website at: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2018/04/6836. The Standards Commissi...

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April 2018 Professional Briefing

3rd April 2018

Our latest quarterly professional briefing note can be found here.

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Flowchart on Making Declarations of Interest

12th March 2018

Aberdeenshire Council has produced a flowchart for its elected members, aimed at helping them identify when a declaration of interest should be made and whether they can remain in the room and participate in the discussion and voting on the item in question. The flowchart includes wording to be used, depending on the circumstances, including whether the interest is financial or non-financial, whether any general or specific exclusion applies and whether any dispensation has been granted. Aber...

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Administrative Assistant Vacancy

14th February 2018

Standards Commission for Scotland – Administrative Assistant Salary Range: £21,087-£24,891 (pro-rata) – part time, 28 hours per week We are currently seeking a part time Administrative Assistant to work in the Standards Commission's offices, based within the Scottish Parliament. For more information about this role and how to apply, please click here

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Member vacancy

9th February 2018

The Parliamentary corporation is seeking to appoint, with the agreement of the Scottish Parliament, a new Standards Commission Member.  The advert and more information about how to apply can be found here.

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Consultation on draft Advice Note for Councillors on Distinguishing Between Strategic and Operational Management

7th February 2018

The Councillors’ Code of Conduct provides that a councillor's role is to determine policy and to participate in decisions on matters placed before them and not to engage in direct operational management of the Council’s services (as this is the responsibility of Council officers).  The Standards Commission considered, therefore, that it might be helpful to produce an Advice Note for councillors on the topic.A draft Advice Note, which is intended to assist councill...

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