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Guidance

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 Notes

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.

The  Guidance is kept under regular review to ensure it remains 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 2017 and takes effect from 1 September 2017.

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

Downloads
Guidance on the Councillors' Code of Conduct

Guidance on the Councillors' Code of Conduct

1st September 2017

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Councillors' Code of Conduct - Guidance only

Councillors' Code of Conduct - Guidance only

1st September 2017

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Guidance on the Model Code of Conduct for Members of Devolved Public Bodies

Guidance on the Model Code of Conduct for Members of Devolved Public Bodies

4th November 2016

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