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.
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...
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
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.
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...
January 2018 Professional Briefing
12th January 2018
Our latest quarterly professional briefing note can be found here.