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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Improvement Service and Standards Commission Briefing Note for Councillors on the Right to Access Information
14th February 2024
This Briefing Note outlines the circumstances under which an elected member has a right of access to information held by the council. It also highlights some of the provisions in the Councillors’ Code of Conduct that may apply and should be considered when an elected member is exercising their right to access information.
Why have Codes of Conduct for Board Members?
13th February 2024
Why have Codes of Conduct for Board Members? The Standards Commission’s remit covers both local government councillors and board members of devolved public bodies in Scotland. Few would argue with the need to ensure high ethical standards in local government – after all, local authorities have responsibility for a wide range of matters that affect almost every aspect of our day to day lives. But why is it important for members of devolved public bodi...
Updated Guidance on the Councillors' Code of Conduct
8th February 2024
The Standards Commission has updated its Guidance on the Councillors’ Code, in light of feedback and issues that have arisen during the Ethical Standards Commissioner’s investigations and at Hearings. Thank you very much to everyone who helped us with suggestions and feedback. A copy of the updated Guidance can be found on our website at: https://www.standardscommissionscotland.org.uk/guid...
Standards Commission Convener and Member Vacancies
25th January 2024
The Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) is to sit as a selection panel to appoint, with the agreement of the Scottish Parliament, an individual to be the Convener of the Standards Commission to fill a vacancy which will arise when the current Convener, Paul Walker, demits office on 6 May 2024. The SPCB is also seeking to appoint a Member of the Standards Commission, for a period of six years, to fill another vacancy. More information about the roles and how to...
Standards Commission / Improvement Service - joint webinars
4th January 2024
You are invited to join two webinars hosted by the Improvement Service (IS) and the Standards Commission on following the ethical standards of public life when engaging with the public. The webinars will cover the key issues elected members need to be aware of when engaging with the public, including guidance around the use of language, data protection and confidentiality contained in the Councillors' Code of Conduct. The first webinar will provide an overview of the key points...
Key Principles of Public Life
3rd January 2024
Both the Councillors’ Code of Conduct and the Model Code of Conduct for Members of Devolved Public Bodies are based on the nine key principles of public life in Scotland. But what are the key principles, and where did they come from? The nine key principles of public life in Scotland are: 1. Selflessness 2. Integrity 3. Objectivity 4. ...