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.
Guidance issued by the Standards Commission for Scotland
The Standards Commission issues Guidance to assist councillors and members of devolved public bodies to interpret the provisions of the Councillors' and Members' Codes of Conduct.
Guidance is kept under regular review to ensure they remain fit for purpose. The current versions can be viewed by selecting the relevant Guidance below. The revised Guidance on the Councillors' Code of Conduct contains illustrations and examples of factors that councillors should consider when interpreting the Code. The Standards Commission hopes this will help councillors relate the provisions of the Code to the scenarios they face and the situations they find themselves in.
The latest version was issued in 2016 and takes effect from 1 March 2016.
During a consultation exercise, which sought feedback on the Standards Commission’s Revised Guidance on the Councillors’ Code of Conduct, several contributors indicated it would be useful for the Standards Commission to also produce a Guidance only version of the document, for ease of reference. This standalone version can be found below under the Revised Guidance on the Councillors' Code of Conduct.
Guidance on the Councillors' Code of Conduct
31st March 2016
Councillors' Code of Conduct - Guidance only
28th April 2016
Guidance on the Model Code of Conduct for Members of Devolved Public Bodies
4th November 2016