On Board: a guide for members of statutory boards

Guidance for all those appointed under statute to be members of the boards of public bodies in Scotland.


The Standards Commission does have the power to issue dispensation (where it is deemed to be in the public interest) to allow Board members to participate in a discussion and vote, despite the fact they have financial or non-financial interests which would normally prevent them from participating in discussion and voting.

In addition to general dispensations, individual applications for dispensations in exceptional circumstances can be made to the Standards Commission and may be granted where it is in the public interest to do so. However, Board members must not take part in any discussion or vote on a matter (in which they are conflicted) unless and until they have actually received a dispensation.


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