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Education & Resources

The Standards Commission provides training and support to councillors, members of devolved public bodies and other stakeholders to promote the Codes of Conduct and assist them in attaining the highest possible ethical standards.

Advice Notes

From time to time, the Standards Commission will issue Advice Notes to stakeholders and these are provided in this section.

A brief description of the content of each Advice Note is outlined below. To access a particular  Advice Note, please click the download button alongside that entry.

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Advice for Members on How to Declare Interests

This Advice Note aims to provide advice to members on how and when to declare an interest at meetings. The Advice Note also suggests wording that members may wish to consider using when declaring an interest.


10th August 2017

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Advice for Councillors on How to Declare Interests

This Advice Note aims to provide advice to councillors on how and when to declare an interest at meetings. The Councillors’ Code of Conduct identifies and outlines the types of interest that must be declared.  The Standards Commission's Guidance on the Councillors' Code of Conduct provides guidance about how the provisions in the Code should be interpreted.  The Advice Note does not, therefore, repeat advice about what interests require to be declared and / or how councillors should identify whether they have a declarable interest.  Instead, it aims to provide guidance on when such a declaration should be made.  The Advice Note also suggests wording that councillors may wish to consider using when declaring an interest. 


8th August 2017

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Advice for Councillors on Arm's Length External Organisations

This Advice Note aims to provide councillors with an overview of matters they should consider when they are involved with or have been invited to participate in arm's length external organisations (ALEOs). 

The advice provided focuses on councillor responsibilities under the ethical standards framework and seeks to assist councillors in recognising and dealing with potential conflicts of interest to minimise risks to governance and accountability arrangements.


4th November 2016

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Advice on the use of Social Media for Members of Devolved Public Bodies

This advice is intended to assist members in complying with the provisions of the Model Code of Conduct when using social media. Social media continues to evolve and, as such, this advice is intended to be a starting point to understanding issues relating to the use of social media.


7th January 2016

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Advice on the Role of Standards Officer

This Advice Note aims to assist by providing an outline of the role and responsibilities, within the ethical standards framework, of a Standards Officer operating within a Schedule 3 devolved public body and the duties they may be expected to discharge. However, it is not intended to be prescriptive as the Standards Commission recognises that governance and staffing arrangements are entirely a matter for each devolved public body to determine.


7th January 2016

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Advice on Relations Between Members and Employees of Devolved Public Bodies

The advice note is intended to assist members in complying with the provisions of the Code in their dealings with employees. It is intended to be a starting point and is not to be perceived an exhaustive or definitive guide.


7th January 2016

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