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The Standards Commission issues Guidance to help councillors and members of devolved public bodies interpret and adhere to the provisions in the Code of Conduct and to attain the highest possible standards of conduct.

Consultation Documents

The Standards Commission is committed to providing a response to any consultation that impacts on the ethical standards framework and standards in public life.

In addition, the Standards Commission regularly undertakes consultations and share responses on issues that impact the ethical standards framework, including any proposals to change the Guidance to the Codes of Conduct.


Current Consultations

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 councillors in distinguishing between strategic and operational management and complying with the Code, has been produced and can be found below.  We are keen to seek views and obtain feedback on this before it is finalised.  We would be grateful if you could, therefore, send any comments you may have on both the content and the format of the Advice Note to before 28 February 2018.


Past Consultations

The Scottish Government issued a consultation on possible amendments to the provisions on conflicts of interests in the Councillors' Code of Conduct in December 2016.  The Standards Commission's response, issued on 6 March 2017, can be found below.



Consultation on draft Advice Note for Councillors on Distingushing between Strategic and Operational Management

7th February 2018

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The Standards Commission's response to the Consultation on Possible Amendments to the Councillors' Code of Conduct

6th March 2017

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