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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.

News and Blog

New Standards Commission Member appointed

1st May 2018

We are pleased to announce that the Scottish Parliament approved the appointment of a new Member of the Standards Commission, Mr Paul Walker, on 26 April 2018. Mr Walker will commence in post on 7 May 2018.   Mr Walker is a University of Glasgow history graduate, who has also a MBA degree from Strathclyde University, and re-trained many years later in law, started his career in the civil service and local government. He joined later the respected business organisation CBI Sco...

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Standards Commission - BSL Plan

19th April 2018

The Scottish Parliament and independent Officeholders' British Sign Language Plans - BSL Video The Scottish Parliament is holding an open event at the Scottish Parliament building to provide information about our BSL plans and to provide a opportunity to get the views of BSL users.  As an independent officeholder the Standards Commission will have a stall at this event. Details about the event can be found

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Proposed changes to the Councillors' Code of Conduct

6th April 2018

Scottish Minister propose amending the Councillors' Code of Conduct to to add an explicit reference to bullying and harassment, and to amend the provisions on declarations of interest in relation to councillors who are also members of Regional Transport Partnerships.  The amended Code can be found on the Scottish Government's website at: The Standards Commissi...

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April 2018 Professional Briefing

3rd April 2018

Our latest quarterly professional briefing note can be found here.

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Flowchart on Making Declarations of Interest

12th March 2018

Aberdeenshire Council has produced a flowchart for its elected members, aimed at helping them identify when a declaration of interest should be made and whether they can remain in the room and participate in the discussion and voting on the item in question. The flowchart includes wording to be used, depending on the circumstances, including whether the interest is financial or non-financial, whether any general or specific exclusion applies and whether any dispensation has been granted. Aber...

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Administrative Assistant Vacancy

14th February 2018

Standards Commission for Scotland – Administrative Assistant Salary Range: £21,087-£24,891 (pro-rata) – part time, 28 hours per week We are currently seeking a part time Administrative Assistant to work in the Standards Commission's offices, based within the Scottish Parliament. For more information about this role and how to apply, please click here

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Member vacancy

9th February 2018

The Parliamentary corporation is seeking to appoint, with the agreement of the Scottish Parliament, a new Standards Commission Member.  The advert and more information about how to apply can be found here.

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Consultation on draft Advice Note for Councillors on Distinguishing Between Strategic and Operational Management

7th February 2018

The Councillors’ Code of Conduct provides that a councillor's role is to determine policy and to participate in decisions on matters placed before them and not to engage in direct operational management of the Council’s services (as this is the responsibility of Council officers).  The Standards Commission considered, therefore, that it might be helpful to produce an Advice Note for councillors on the topic.A draft Advice Note, which is intended to assist councill...

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January 2018 Professional Briefing

12th January 2018

Our latest quarterly professional briefing note can be found here.

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Festive Closure

22nd December 2017

The Standards Commission for Scotland will close for the festive break at 3pm on Friday 22 December 2017 and reopen at 9am on Wednesday 3 January 2018.

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