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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.

Consultation on Proposed Amendments to Ethical Standards Legislation

4th July 2024

The Ethical Standards in Public Life etc (Scotland) Act, which introduced the ethical standards framework and Codes of Conduct for councillors and members of devolved public bodies in Scotland, was one of the first laws passed by the Scottish Parliament. In advance of the 25th anniversary of its enactment, the Standards Commission and the Ethical Standards Commissioner (ESC) have conducted a joint review of its provisions and have identified some amendments that could be made to improve or strengthen the framework. The Standards Commission and ESC intend to consult with stakeholders on these proposals.

You can access the consultation document on our website, here: 

We are grateful for any views you may have. Please download, complete the form and return it to us by emailing: 

Alternatively, you can simply send us an email with your views. The deadline for responses is Friday, 30 August 2024.