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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.

Summary of Councillors and Monitoring Officers Survey Responses

27th April 2022

The Standards Commission issued surveys to councillors and the Monitoring Officers of all 32 Scottish local authorities in February 2022. The intention was to learn about both councillors’ and Monitoring Officers’ experiences with the ethical standards framework and, in particular, their experiences of elected members’ compliance with, and awareness of, the provisions of the Councillors’ Code of Conduct. The Standards Commission intends to use information gathered to inform its future training events and to identify the need for any further educational material or guidance. The Standards Commission was also keen to see if it could improve how enquiries are handled and its Hearings and adjudicatory processes. Documents outlining the responses received to the surveys can be found on the Surveys page of our website. Actions the Standards Commission hopes to take in light of the responses, subject to budget and resources constraints, are outlined in the documents under the headings ‘Next Steps’.