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Corporate Information

This section includes information about the Ethical Standards Acts and publications provided by the Standards Commission. This includes the Commission's Strategic Plan, Business Plan, Annual Reports, Annual Accounts and other miscellaneous information published under legislative requirements.

Statutory Information

The Standards Commission is obliged by legislation to publish certain information. Details about the legislation is noted below, along with required information.

Public Sector Equality Duty

The Standards Commission for Scotland is aware of and complies with its duties under the Equality Act 2010. 

In its decisions and operations, the Standards Commission has regard to the need to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the Act;
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it; and
  • Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.

Examples of how the Standards Commission has regard to these factors include the holding of meetings and events in venues that are accessible to people with disabilities and, where a Hearing is held under section 16(b) of the Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Act 2000, ensuring that people with disabilities are able to participate in the Hearing process on equal terms.  The Standards Commission will make any reasonable adjustment necessary to the Hearings process to make this possible, such as providing equipment, practical assistance, or adjusting the process.

Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010

Information Disclosure

With effect from April 2011, the Standards Commission is required to provide information on certain types of expenditure and also about how it worked towards achieving specific statutory functions.  Part 3 of the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010 (the PDSR Act) sets out the details about which information we must publish to meet this requirement. 

Statements of expenditure (section 31)

As soon as reasonably practicable after the end of each financial year we must publish information about the following types of expenditure:

  • public relations
  • overseas travel
  • hospitality and entertainment
  • external consultancy
  • individual payments greater than £25,000
  • numbers of staff who receive remuneration in excess of £150,000

To view a PDF of the financial statement published for a particular year please click on the appropriate link below:

Year Ending Section 31 Section 32 
31 March 2019 2018-19 2018-19
31 March 2018 2017-18 2017-18
31 March 2017 2016-17  2016-17
31 March 2016 2015-16  2015-16
31 March 2015 2014-15  2014-15


Statements on exercise of functions (section 32)

After the end of each financial year we must also publish statements to identify how, through the exercise of our  functions, steps have been taken to:

  • promote and increase sustainable growth
  • improve efficiency, effectiveness and economy

To view a PDF of the statement published for a particular year please click on the appropriate link above.  In addition the Standards Commission's Annual Report and Accounts provides details of the steps it has taken to improve efficiency, effectiveness and economy during the financial year, together with a summary of sustainable growth.

Section 31 & 32 statements have been produced since 2010/11.  The earlier versions of the reports which are not published on our website can be obtained by contacting:

Elaine McLean
Business Manager
Standards Commission for Scotland
Room T2.21, The Scottish Parliament
EH99 1SP

Tel: 0131 348 6666

Records Management Plan

The Public Records (Scotland) Act 2011 required Scottish Public Authorities to produce and submit a records management plan setting out proper arrangements for the management of an authority’s public records to the Keeper of the Records of Scotland, for his agreement.

The Standards Commission's Records Management Plan was agreed by the Keeper of the Registers of Scotland on 15 September 2015.  The Records Management Plan can be accessed here.