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The Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland

The Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland- background

The CES is an independent officeholder who works in two areas:

-           Public appointments, regulating how people are appointed to the boards of public bodies in Scotland; and

-           Public Standards, where the Commissioner can consider a complaint about:

  • A Councillor or Member of a devolved public body who is alleged to have contravened the Councillors' or the appropriate public body's Code of Conduct.
  • Where he identifies that a breach or breaches of a Code or Codes may have occurred, the CES will report on the outcome of these investigations to the Standards Commission for Scotland:-
  • A Member of the Scottish Parliament who is alleged to have broken the Code of Conduct for MSPs. Where appropriate, the CES will report on the outcome of these investigations to the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee of the Scottish Parliament.

How to make a complaint about a Councillor or Member of a Devolved Public Body

Anyone who believes a Code of Conduct may have been breached can make a complaint by visiting the Commissioner for Ethical Standards website.

Further Information

The latest statistics from the CES are available on the Commissioner's website in the publications section. Further statistics are available in the Commissioner for Ethical Standards Annual Reports. Prior to 1 April 2011, the Standards Commission and CES produced joint Annual Reports and these can be located on the Standards Commission website: http://www.standardscommissionscotland.org.uk/content/annual-reports-and-accounts