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Concluded Investigations Referred from PSC

Detailed below is a list of cases referred to the Standards Commission for Scotland (Standards Commission) by the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland (CES).  Cases are only referred to the Standards Commission when the CES has concluded, following the completion of his investigation into an allegation of misconduct, that a councillor or member of a devolved public body has contravened the relevant Councillors' or Members' Code of Conduct.

In those circumstances, the CES will submit a report to the Standards Commission for Scotland under section 14 of the Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Act 2000 ("the Ethical Standards Act").  Once this report is received, the Standards Commission may:

  • direct the CES to carry out further investigations
  • hold a Hearing, or
  • take no action

The table contains information relating to the alleged contravention, actions taken by the Standards Commission on receipt of the report from the CES, and details of any Hearing that may be scheduled in relation to the case.

This page will be updated with information on the outcome of any Hearing once the parties to the Hearing have been notified of the outcome in writing. Details of the Standards Commission's Hearing Rules, including the timescale for providing a written decision to the parties to a Hearing, can be viewed by clicking on the link in left menu called “Hearing Rules.”

For further details of a particular Hearing Decision, please click on the case reference in the table below or use the advanced search in the menu to the left. Details of allegation. Where a case is yet to be heard, an indication of the alleged breach is provided under the link entitled "Details of Alleged Breach" for each case.

Please note details of individual cases are removed and thereafter deleted, in line with the Standards Commission’s information retention policy.

Date Received Case Reference Respondent(s) Organisation Name Code Section Para(s) Commission Action Hearing Date & Time Hearing Venue Panel Decision Sanction Applied
31/03/2014
Details of Alleged Breach
LA/WD/1419 Cllr James Bollan West Dunbartonshire Council
Section 3: General Conduct
Section 4: Registration of Interests
Section 5: Declaration of Interests
Annex C: Protocol for Relations between Councillors and Employees in Scottish Councils (Councillors’ Code only)
3.5
4.22
5.3
5.5
5.7
2
20
Hold a Hearing 03/06/2014 - 9:30am Beardmore Hotel, Beardmore Street, Clydebank, Glasgow, G81 4SA Breach Suspension
27/03/2014
Details of Alleged Breach
LA/WD/1418 Cllr George Black West Dunbartonshire Council
Section 3: General Conduct
Annex C: Protocol for Relations between Councillors and Employees in Scottish Councils (Councillors’ Code only)
3.2
3.5
3.20
2
20
Hold a Hearing 03/06/2014 - 9:30am Beardmore Hotel, Beardmore Street, Clydebank, Glasgow, G81 4SA
10/02/2014
Details of Alleged Breach
LA/S/1336 Councillor Alasdair MacPherson Stirling Council
Section 2: Key Principles of the Code of Conduct
Section 3: General Conduct
Section 7: Taking Decisions on Quasi-Judicial or Regulatory Applications (Councillors’ Code only)
Annex C: Protocol for Relations between Councillors and Employees in Scottish Councils (Councillors’ Code only)
2.1
7.1
7.2
7.3
7.4
7.10
7.20
Annex C
Hold a Hearing 12/05/2014 - 9:30am The Royal Hotel 55 Henderson Street Bridge of Allan FK9 4HG Breach Suspension
05/12/2013
Details of Alleged Breach
LA/R/1397 Councillor Mark Macmillan Renfrewshire Council Section 5: Declaration of Interests
5.1
5.3
5.5
5.10
Hold a Hearing 06/03/2014 - 9:30am Glynhill Hotel, 169 Paisley Road, Renfrew, PA4 8XB Breach Suspension
02/12/2013
Details of Alleged Breach
LA/Fa/1392 Councillor Robert Spears Falkirk Council Section 3: General Conduct
3.2
3.20
Hold a Hearing 17/02/2014 - 9:30am - 18/02/2014 - 9:30am Best Western Park Hotel, Camelon Road, Falkirk, FK1 5RY Breach Censure
02/04/2013
Details of Alleged Breach
LA/SB/1291 Councillor Ron Smith Scottish Borders Council
Section 4: Registration of Interests
Section 5: Declaration of Interests
Section 7: Taking Decisions on Quasi-Judicial or Regulatory Applications (Councillors’ Code only)
4.22
5.2
5.3
5.7
7.11
7.12
7.15
Hold a Hearing 10/07/2013 - 9:30am - 11/07/2013 - 9:30am Scottish Borders Council, Council Headquarters, Newtown St Boswells, Melrose, TD6 0SA Breach Suspension
04/03/2013
Details of Alleged Breach
LA/Mi/1278 Cllr Lisa Beattie and Mr Colin Beattie MSP (former Cllr) Midlothian Council Section 4: Registration of Interests
4.1
4.10
4.18
4.19
Hold a Hearing 18/06/2013 - 9:30am - 2:00pm Newbattle Abbey College, Newbattle Road, Dalkeith, Midlothian EH22 3LL Breach Censure
24/01/2013
Details of Alleged Breach
LA/H/1231 Cllr Kenneth MacLeod Highland Council
Section 5: Declaration of Interests
Section 7: Taking Decisions on Quasi-Judicial or Regulatory Applications (Councillors’ Code only)
5.3
5.6
7.15
Hold a Hearing 18/03/2013 - 9:30am - 11:30am Townhouse, High Street, Inverness, IV2 1JJ Breach Censure
19/12/2012
Details of Alleged Breach
LA/Fa/1264 Cllr William F Buchanan Falkirk Council Section 3: General Conduct 3.16 Hold a Hearing 17/04/2013 - 9:30am Best Western Park Hotel, Camelon Road, Falkirk FK1 5RY Breach Censure
14/12/2011
Details of Alleged Breach
LA/EL/1133 & 1138 Cllr Barry Turner East Lothian Council Section 7: Taking Decisions on Quasi-Judicial or Regulatory Applications (Councillors’ Code only)
7.1
7.3
7.10
7.11
Hold a Hearing 20/02/2012 - 9:30am Maitlandfield House Hotel, 24 Sidegate, Haddington, EH41 4BZ Breach Suspension