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Advice Notes & Resources

The Standards Commission provides training and support to councillors, members of devolved public bodies and other stakeholders to promote the Codes of Conduct and assist them in attaining the highest possible ethical standards.

Standards Updates

The Standards Commission's quarterly Standards Updates contain news and information on matters concerning the ethical standards framework, including events being held and work being undertaken.  Details of projects the Standards Commission is involved in and information we have gathered from workshops and training sessions are included.  

The Standards Updates also contain details of recent Hearings including the outcome and any learning points for councillors and members of devolved public bodies.

A brief description of the content of each Standards Update is outlined below. To access a particular Standards Update, please click the download button alongside that entry.

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Standards Update 34

Includes information about:

  • Combined Code and Guidance
  • Monitoring Officers’ Workshop 2022
  • Responses to Councillors and Monitoring Officers Surveys
  • Police Scotland - Serious Organised Crime Awareness
  • Summary Advice Note for Councillors on Article 10 of the ECHR
  • Following us on Social Media
  • Standards Commission Glossary
  • Outcomes of recent Hearings and case referrals

 


30th June 2022

Standards Update 33

Includes information about:

  • Surveys for Monitoring Officers and Councillors
  • Outcome of Appeal to Court of Session
  • New Standards Commission Member
  • Standards Officers’ Workshop
  • Outcomes of recent case referrals

31st March 2022

Standards Update 32

Includes information about:

  • Revised Codes of Conduct & Guidance
  • LA/R/2257 & 3262 Appeal Judgment
  • Monitoring Officers Workshop
  • Outcomes of recent case referrals

20th December 2021

Standards Update 31

Includes information about:

  • Revised Codes of Conduct & Guidance
  • New Standards Commission Convener
  • Annual Report 2020/21
  • Outcomes of recent case referrals

30th September 2021

Standards Update 30

Includes information about:

  • Ethical Standards Commissioner's Revised Strategic Plan 2021-24
  • Review of the Codes of Conduct
  • Section 31 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973
  • Policy on Hearing Adjournment Requests
  • Committee on Standards in Public Life: Standards Matter 2
  • Appeal on Case LA/AC/2276
  • Monitoring Officers’ Workshop
  • Outcome of recent Hearing

30th June 2021

Standards Update 29

Includes information about:

  • Direction on the Eligibility of Complaints
  • Standards Officers’ Workshop
  • Appeal Decision
  • Outcomes of recent Hearings

31st March 2021

Standards Update 28

Includes information about:

  • Direction to the Ethical Standards Commissioner on the Outcome of Investigations
  • Review of the Councillors’ Code of Conduct and the Model Code of Conduct
  • Committee on Standards in Public Life Public Consultation: Standards Matter 2
  • Monitoring Officers’ Workshop
  • Outcomes of recent Hearings

15th December 2020

Standards Update 27

Includes information about:

  • Advice Note for the Public on the Councillors’ Code of Conduct
  • Online Hearings
  • Impact Statements
  • Annual Report 2019/2020
  • Monitoring Officers’ Workshop
  • Outcomes of recent Hearings

30th September 2020

Standards Update 26

Includes information about:

  • Revisions to Advice Notes
  • Direction under Sections 10 and 11 of the Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Act 2000
  • Online Hearings
  • Review of the Model Code of Conduct
  • Forthcoming Hearings

1st July 2020

Standards Update 25

Includes information about:

  • Impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak
  • Suspension Guidance
  • Police Scotland's Guidance on Serious Organised Crime and Business Exploitation
  • Regional Training Event
  • Review of Codes of Conduct
  • Outcomes of recent decisions/cases

31st March 2020

Standards Update 24

Includes information about: 

  • Standards Commission's Draft Strategic Plan 2020-24
  • Advice Note for Members of Health and Social Care IJBs
  • Monitoring Officers' Workshop
  • Regional Training Events
  • Interim Suspension Decisions
  • The outcomes of recent Hearings

 


18th December 2019

Standards Update 23

Includes information about:

  • Appeal Judgement in case LA/Fi/2050
  • Review of Councillors' Code of Conduct
  • Annual Report and Accounts
  • Monitoring Officers' Workshop
  • The outcome of a recent Hearing

30th September 2019

Standards Update 22

Includes information about:

  • Section 19 (6) Policy and Procedure
  • Flowchart on Declaring Interests for Members of Devolved Public Bodies
  • The outcomes of recent Hearings

4th July 2019

Standards Update 21

Includes information about:

  • Review of both the Councillors’ Code of Conduct and the Model Code of Conduct for Members of Devolved Public Bodies
  • Assisting Constituents Card
  • Our new Standards Commission Member
  • How to make a complaint about Councillors and Members of Devolved Public Bodies
  • The new Commissioner for Ethical Standards
  • The outcomes of recent Hearings

28th March 2019

Standards Update 20

Includes information about:

  • The Standards Commission's new Interim Suspension Policy.
  • Videos on the Ethical Standards Framework and Key Principles.
  • A Monitoring Officers' Workshop held on 5 November 2018.
  • The outcome of a recent Hearing and new cases received by the Standards Commission.

20th December 2018

Professional Briefing 19

Includes information about:

  • Further examples added to our Advice Note for Councillors on Distinguishing between their Strategic Role and any Operational Work.
  • Revised Flowchart on Making Declarations of Interest.
  • Monitoring Officers' Workshop being held in Edinburgh on 5 November 2018.
  • Regional Roadshows for elected members on the revised Councillors' Code of Conduct taking place in Perth on 14 November 2018 and in Motherwell on 18 February 2019.
  • Our new Facebook page.
  • The outcomes of recent Hearings.

2nd October 2018

Professional Briefing 18

Includes information about:

  • Advice note for Councillors on Distinguishing between their Strategic Role and any Operational Work.
  • Standards Commission's response to a consultation by the Committee on Standards in Public Life.
  • A dispensation granted to elected members, and substitute members, appointed to the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal.
  • The outcome of a recent Hearing.
  • Training workshop for Members of Health and Social Care Integration Joint Boards to be held on 24 September 2018.
  • Save the date invitation about annual Monitoring Officers' workshop due to be held in Edinburgh on 5 November 2018.
  • Appointment of a new Standards Commission Member.

 


29th June 2018

Professional Briefing 17

Includes information about:

  • Matters discussed at the Standards Officers' workshop held on 26 March 2018, including the establishment of a contact database for officers of Health and Social Care Integrated Joint Boards.
  • A flowchart for the use of councillors when making declarations of interests.  
  • A dispensation granted to elected members, and substitute members, appointed to the Tay Cities Region Joint Committee.
  • A workshop to be held on 24 September 2018 on the Codes of Conduct for Members of Health and Social Care Integration Joint Boards. 
  • The outcomes of recent Hearings.

3rd April 2018