The Standards Commission is an independent body whose purpose is to encourage high ethical standards in public life through the promotion and enforcement of Codes of Conduct for councillors and those appointed to the boards of devolved public bodies.
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News and Blog
- Health and Social Care IJBs - Standards Officer Appointments
- Survey on the Hearing Process
- Feedback on the Hearings Survey
- Advice Note for Councillors on ALEOs
- Updated Standard Presentation to Elected Members
- New Convener Appointed
- Consultation on the Councillors' Code of Conduct
- How Councils Work - Follow Up Report Nov 2016
- New Member of the Commission - Mr Michael McCormick
- Appointment of New Commission Member
- Updated Standard Presentation to Board Members
- Application of Article 10 of ECHR at Hearings of the Standards Commission
- Consultation on Draft Advice Note on Application of Article 10
- Advice for Councillors on How to Declare Interests
- A Councillor's Responsibilities to the Council as a Member of the Public
- Standards Commission's Regional Roadshows
- Revised Guidance on the Councillors' Code of Conduct
- Advice Note for Councillors on the Application of Article 10 of the ECHR
- Festive Closure
- January 2018 Professional Briefing
- Consultation on draft Advice Note for Councillors on Distinguishing Between Strategic and Operational Management
- Member vacancy
- Administrative Assistant Vacancy
- Flowchart on Making Declarations of Interest
- April 2018 Professional Briefing
- Proposed changes to the Councillors' Code of Conduct
- Standards Commission - BSL Plan
- New Standards Commission Member appointed
- Advice Note for Councillors on Distinguishing between their Strategic Role and any Operational Work
- Health & Social Care Integration Joint Board Members' Workshop 24 Sept 2018
- BSL Video on role of the Standards Commission
- British Sign Language Event reminder
- Response to Committee on Standards in Public Life's Review of Ethical Standards in Local Government in England
- June 2018 Professional Briefing
- Amended Councillors' Code of Conduct
- Amended Guidance on the Councillors' Code of Conduct
- Annual Report 2017/18
- Regional Roadshows on the Councillors' Code of Conduct
- Draft British Sign Language (BSL) Plan - consultation
- Standards Commission - Role and Remit (BSL Video)
- British Sign Language (BSL) Plan
- Sept 2018 Professional Briefing
- Interim Suspensions
- Survey of Members of Devolved Public Bodies
- Standards Commission Member Recruitment
- Standards Update December 2018
- Change of Venue - Regional Roadshow
- Assisting Constituents Card
- Further Analysis of Responses to Survey of Members of Devolved Public Bodies
- New Standards Commission Member appointed
- Hearings Flowchart
- Standards Update March 2019
- Ethical Standards Act Section 19(6) Policy
- Standards Update July 2019
- Appeal Judgement
- Annual Report 2018-19
- Standards Update September 2019
- Interim Suspensions
- Advice Note for Members of IJBs
- Draft Strategic Plan 2020-24
- Standards Update December 2019
- Standards Officers' Workshop
- Suspension Guidance
- Postponement of Standards Officers' workshop on 23 March 2020
- Hearing in Stornoway on 18 March 2020 postponed
- Standards Commission - remote working arrangements
- Standards Update March 2020
- Amended Advice Notes
- Standards Update July 2020
- Standards Commission Hearings
- Advice Note for Public on Councillors’ Code
- Standards Update September 2020
- Scottish Government Consultations on the Councillors' Code of Conduct and the Model Code of Conduct for Members of Devolved Public Bodies
- Direction on the Outcome of Investigations
- Recruitment for a new Convener
- Committee on Standards in Public Life Public (CSPL) Consultation: Standards Matter 2
- Standards Update December 2020
- Business Manager & Caseworker Recruitment
- Appeal Decision
- "You're on Mute!"
- Direction on the Eligibility of Complaints
- BSL video on Councillors' Code of Conduct and Guidance - Advice for Members of the Public
- Pause before you post!
- Standards Update March 2021
- Striking a balance!
- Why Transparency Matters
- Standards Update June 2021
- Why Respect is Key
- To share or not to share!
- Consultation on Revised Guidance
- New Convener
- Annual Report 2020/21
- Holding Hearings in Public
- Standards Update September 2021
- Standards Commission Decision to Disqualify Councillor Upheld by Court
- Vacancy - New Member of the Standards Commission
- Respect is Still Key
- Standard Training Presentations on the Revised Codes of Conducts
- New Codes of Conduct Issued
- Honesty and Trust
- Standards Update December 2021
- Audit Scotland’s Section 22 Report on the Ethical Standards Commissioner - Statement from the Standards Commission for Scotland
- New Standards Commission Member
- Similar names, different roles.....
- Outcome of Appeal to Court of Session
- Standards Update March 2022
- Social Media: Avoid the Pitfalls!
- Summary of Councillors and Monitoring Officers Survey Responses
- Surveys of Standards Officers and Board Members of Public Bodies
- Glossary of commonly used words and terms
- Leadership and Culture
- What is Lobbying?
- Her Majesty the Queen
- Annual Report 2021/22
- Why duty is still relevant
- Progress of Investigations Direction
- Standards Update September 2022
- The Ethical Standards Commissioner’s Public Consultation on its draft Investigations Manual
- Freedom of Expression
- Recruitment of two new Commission Members
- Effective Relationships
- Standards Update December 2022
- Ethical Standards Commissioner - Job Opportunities
- Festive Office Hours
- Blog: Quasi-Judicial and Regulatory Decision-Making
- The Committee on Standards in Public Life's Report "Leading in Practice"
- Appointment of new Ethical Standards Commissioner
- Social Impact Pledge
- The Auditor General’s Report on the Ethical Standards Commissioner: Statement from the Standards Commission for Scotland
- The Ethical Standards Framework
- Polarisation in Politics
- Standards Commission’s Response to Scottish Government’ Electoral Reform Consultation
- New Standards Commission Member
- Multiple Roles: Conflicts of Interest?
- Standards Update March 2023
- New Standards Commission Member - Helen Donaldson
- Distinguishing between lobbying and helping constituents or service users
- Preferential Treatment
- Standards Commission's Response to the Scottish Government's Consultation on the Review of the National Outcomes
- Making a complaint
- Standards Update June 2023
- Consultation on Section 31 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973
- Volunteering at The Yard
- Eligibility Direction
- Scottish Government’s Consultation on Mandatory Training for Councillors on their role in the Planning System
- Standards Update September 2023
- Dispensations Granted for Members of Cairngorms National Park Authority and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority
- When do the Codes of Conduct apply?
- New Advice Note for Members of College Boards
- Standards Commission’s Draft Strategic Plan 2024/28
- Standards Update December 2023
- Key Principles of Public Life
- Standards Commission / Improvement Service - joint webinars
- Standards Commission Convener and Member Vacancies
- Updated Guidance on the Councillors' Code of Conduct
- Why have Codes of Conduct for Board Members?
- Improvement Service and Standards Commission Briefing Note for Councillors on the Right to Access Information
- Accessibility statement for the Standards Commission for Scotland
- Use of Personal Information
Accessibility statement for the Standards Commission for Scotland
Accessing our services
If you have specific needs, we will make reasonable adjustments wherever possible. You can tell us about your needs by contacting us. Please explain exactly what you need, and we will let you know what we can do.
Feedback and contact information
The Standards Commission is committed to making our website as accessible as possible to everyone, regardless of the technology being used or the ability of the user. If you find any problems when using our website or think we are not meeting the accessibility requirements please let us know so we can continue to look at improving our website. Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call us on 0131 348 6666.
Further sources of advice
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Do you use British Sign Language (BSL)?
BSL users can contact us by using contactSCOTLAND-BSL, the online British Sign Language interpreting service. Find out more information about this service on the contactSCOTLAND-BSL website. If you are visiting our office and require British Sign Language interpreting, please email to make an enquiry about making arrangements for this service.
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Technical information about this website's accessibility
The Standards Commission is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.
This accessibility statement applies to www.standardscomissionscotland.org.uk.
This website has been tested against the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 AA standard.
This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the exemptions listed below.
The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reason(s):
(a) Disproportionate burden
The disproportionate burden exemption, within the meaning of the accessibility regulations, is being temporarily invoked for the following issues
(i) WCAG 2.1.1 Keyboard. The colour contrast and text size buttons at the top of the webpage are not accessible using the keyboard.
(ii) WCAG 2.4.7 Focus Visible. At 200% zoom the keyboard focus is not visible after tabbing from the magnifying glass.
(iii) WCAG 2.1.1 Keyboard. When using the zoom function, the hamburger menu and magnifying glass are not accessible using the keyboard.
(iv) WCAG 1.4.13 Content on Hover or Focus. When hovering over the navigation bar dropdown menus, there is no mechanism to dismiss the additional content triggered without moving pointer hover or keyboard focus.
(v) WCAG 1.4.3 Contrast (minimum). There are colour contrast issues across certain webpages.
(vi) WCAG 1.4.3 Contrast (minimum) and WCAG 1.1.1 Non text content. Documents contain elements that do not have sufficient colour contrast and elements that do not have alternative text.
(vii) WCAG 1.3.1 Info and Relationships. Page titles are missing within the settings of PDF documents.
(viii) WCAG 2.4.4 Link Purpose. Not all links have discernible text.
The Standards Commission has assessed the cost of fixing the issues. We believe that doing so now would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations. We will make another assessment in 2024.
(b) The content is not within the scope of the accessibility regulations
(i) PDF and other documents. We publish files on our website using a variety of electronic file formats. Most of our publications are available in PDF and Word format. If your screen reader has any difficulties on the site, please get in touch and we’ll see what we can do.
To read PDF documents you will need to have the Adobe Acrobat reader which you can download for free from the Adobe Website. If you want to access PDF documents with a screen reader please refer to the accessibility information on the Adobe website which provides useful tools and resources. The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018
(ii) Live video. We do not plan to add captions to live video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations.
Preparation of this accessibility statement
This statement was prepared on 10 March 2020. It was last reviewed on 1 February 2024.
This website was last tested on 6 October 2023 against the WCAG 2.1 AA standard. The test was carried out by the Government Digital Service. We will carry out a further review in 2024.
The full report can be read at Standards Commission accessibility report.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the accessibility regulations).
If you're not happy with how we respond to your complaint, please contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service.