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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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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:
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.
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.
3rd November 2015
Code of Conduct for Standards Commission Members
3rd November 2015
Data Protection Policy
4th September 2015