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About Us

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.

Standards Commission's Policies & Procedures

This section contains information about some of the Standards Commission's policies and procedures. Please note, however, the Rules that govern how the Standards Commission conducts Hearings about alleged breaches of the Codes of Conduct are contained in the Hearing Process Guide & Rules, which can be found here.

The Equality Act 2010, which came into force in 1 October 2010, obliges public bodies to assess and review policies, procedures and practices to ensure there is no unlawful discrimination or disadvantage as a result of their impact against any individual.  It is a way of ensuring and showing due regard has been paid to the general duties under the 2010 Act.  Equalities impact assessments can also be used to promote or improve equality of opportunity.  The Standards Commission undertake equalities impact assessments when any policies, procedures and practices are introduced or amended.  

Standing Orders

The Standards Commission's Standing Orders outline the arrangements that cover the conduct of business and how the organisation will discharge its functions.  The Standing Orders can be found here.

Code of Conduct for Members of the Standards Commission 

Members of the Standards Commission are subject to their own Code of Conduct, which sets out the standards of conduct that must be observed in all situations where they act as a Member of the Standards Commission.  A copy of the Code of Conduct for Members of the Standards Commission can be found here.

Use of Personal Information

Personal information provided to the Standards Commission will be processed in accordance with the Data Protection Policy, which can be found here, and the Data Protection Privacy Statement, which can be found here.

Records Management Plan

The Records Management Plan outlines the Standards Commission's manages the records generated and retained by the organisation.  A copy of the Records Management Plan can be accessed here.

Whistleblowing Policy

The Standards Commission's Whistleblowing Policy provides information to Members and staff, which includes former Members or employees, about reporting any genuine concerns they may have about wrongdoing and malpractice which they believe has occurred or is likely to occur.  The Whistleblowing Policy can be found here.

Standing Orders

Standing Orders

2019 v1.0
28th January 2019

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Code of Conduct for Standards Commission Members

3rd November 2015

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Data Protection Policy

DPA Policy 2019 v1
24th January 2019

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Data Protection Privacy Statement

Data Protection Privacy Statement

25th May 2018

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