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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.

Data Protection Policy

Any personal data held by the Standards Commission will be processed in accordance with the Data Protection Policy, which can be found here

Website Policy Statement

The Standards Commission for Scotland is committed to ensuring the privacy of its website users.

This Privacy Policy statement explains how we use your personal information. This policy may change occasionally so please check this statement from time to time.

What information the Standards Commission for Scotland collects.

We collect personal information from you through forms that you may complete, as well as any e-mails that you send us.

Our website keeps track of usage data, such as the source address that the page request is coming from (i.e. your IP address, domain name), date and time of the page request, the referring website (if any) and other parameters in the URL (e.g. search criteria). It does not currently use cookies.

Collection of Information

This website contains links to other websites. The Commission's privacy statement applies to the information collected on our own website and does not cover the privacy policies or practices of any other linked websites.

Personal Data

Personal data which you provide to the Standards Commission for Scotland will only be used for the service that you have requested. The Standards Commission will not provide your personal information to any third party unless required to do so by law or by regulations and other rules (including auditing requirements) or it is necessary for the purpose for which you provided the data.

Your Rights

You have the right to ask for a copy of the personal data held by us in our records in return for which we may charge a small fee. You also have the right to require us to correct any inaccuracies in your personal data.


If you have any queries about any of the Standards Commission's policies, please contact us using the following email address:


Standing Orders

3rd November 2015

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Standing Orders

3rd November 2015

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Standing Orders

3rd November 2015

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