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Guidance

The Standards Commission issues Guidance to help councillors and members of devolved public bodies interpret and adhere to the provisions in the Code of Conduct and to attain the highest possible standards of conduct.

Guidance Notes

Guidance issued by the Standards Commission for Scotland

The Standards Commission issues Guidance to assist councillors and members of devolved public bodies to interpret the provisions of the Councillors' and Model Codes of Conduct.

The Guidance is kept under regular review to ensure it remains fit for purpose, and contains illustrations and examples of factors that councillors and members should consider when interpreting the Code. The Standards Commission hopes this will help councillors and members relate the provisions of the Code to the scenarios they face and the situations they find themselves in. 

The latest version was issued in 2021 to reflect changes made to the Councillors' and Model Code of Conduct and takes effect from 7 December 2021.  A braille version of the Guidance is available on request.

Downloads
Combined Councillors' Code of Conduct and Guidance 2022

Combined Councillors' Code of Conduct and Guidance 2022

Councillors' Code of Conduct with Guidance embedded May 2022
17th May 2022

Combined Model Code of Conduct and Guidance

Combined Model Code of Conduct and Guidance

Model Code of Conduct with Guidance embedded June 2022
24th June 2022

Councillors' Code of Conduct - Guidance 2022

Councillors' Code of Conduct - Guidance 2022

Councillors' Code of Conduct Guidance May 2022
2nd May 2022

Model Code of Conduct - Guidance 2022

Model Code of Conduct - Guidance 2022

Model Code of Conduct Guidance May 2022
9th May 2022

PREVIOUS - Model Code of Conduct - Guidance 2022

PREVIOUS - Model Code of Conduct - Guidance 2022

Revised Model Code of Conduct Guidance April 2022
1st April 2022

PREVIOUS - Councillors' Code of Conduct - Guidance 2021

PREVIOUS - Councillors' Code of Conduct - Guidance 2021

Councillors' Code of Conduct Guidance Dec 2021
1st December 2021

PREVIOUS - Model Code of Conduct - Guidance 2022

PREVIOUS - Model Code of Conduct - Guidance 2022

Model Code of Conduct Guidance Mar 2022
4th March 2022

PREVIOUS - Model Code of Conduct - Guidance 2021

PREVIOUS - Model Code of Conduct - Guidance 2021

Model Code of Conduct Guidance Dec 2021
2nd December 2021

PREVIOUS - Guidance on the Councillors' Code of Conduct 2018

PREVIOUS - Guidance on the Councillors' Code of Conduct 2018

CCoC & Guidance Dec 2018
18th December 2018

PREVIOUS - Councillors' Code of Conduct - Guidance only 2018

PREVIOUS - Councillors' Code of Conduct - Guidance only 2018

CCoC Guidance only Dec 2018
18th December 2018

PREVIOUS - Guidance on the Model Code of Conduct for Members of Devolved Public Bodies

PREVIOUS - Guidance on the Model Code of Conduct for Members of Devolved Public Bodies

1st February 2014