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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.

Progress of Investigations Direction

27th September 2022

Following a consultation with the Acting Ethical Standards Commissioner (ESC), the Standards Commission has renewed its Direction on the Progress of Investigations issued to the ESC under sections 10 and 11 of the Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Act 2000. The Direction requires the ESC to provide the Standards Commission with reports on the progress of investigations into complaints about councillors and members of devolved public bodies every three months.

The reports provide a summary of the investigative work undertaken, an explanation as to what requires to be done to complete the investigation and an indication of when it is expected that a final report will be issued. The ESC is also required to provide three-monthly written updates to the Respondent, the Complainer and the relevant council or devolved public body. The information received in these reports allows the Standards Commission to understand the timescales involved in dealing with complaints and provides assurance that parties are being kept updated on the progress being made.