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Public Sector Equality Duty
The Standards Commission for Scotland is aware of and complies with its duties under the Equality Act 2010.
In its decisions and operations, the Standards Commission has regard to the need to:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the Act;
- Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it; and
- Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
Examples of how the Standards Commission has regard to these factors include the holding of meetings and events in venues that are accessible to people with disabilities and, where a Hearing is held under section 16(b) of the Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Act 2000, ensuring that people with disabilities are able to participate in the Hearing process on equal terms. The Standards Commission will make any reasonable adjustment necessary to the Hearings process to make this possible, such as providing equipment, practical assistance, or adjusting the process.
Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010
From April 2011 the Standards Commission for Scotland has new legal obligations to provide information on certain types of expenditure. Section 31 of the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010 impose new duties on the Scottish Government and listed public bodies to publish information on the following types of expenditure as soon as reasonably practicable after the end of each financial year in relation to:
- public relations
- overseas travel
- hospitality and entertainment
- external consultancy
- individual payments greater than £25,000
- remuneration in excess of £150,000
Section 32 focusses on activies in relation to being able to promote and increase sustainable growth through the exercise of the functions of the body concerned.
These regulations came into effect on 1 October 2010 and whilst public bodies have the option of only reporting figures for the period from 1 October 2010, the Standards Commission has provided details of amounts incurred for the full financial year (April 2010 to March 2011).
Disclosure under the Public Reform Act 2010
To view a PDF of the statement published for a particular financial year, please click on the appropriate link below:
|Year Ending||Section 31||Section 32|
|31 March 2013||Statement||Available shortly|
|31 March 2011||Statement|
For more information on statements published by the Standards Commission contact:
Standards Commission for Scotland
Room T2.21, The Scottish Parliament
Tel: 0131 348 6666