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Code of Conduct for Councillors

Published: 5 Apr 2018
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Public sector

Amended Code of Conduct for Councillors setting out standards of behaviour to be followed by elected members of local authorities, issued by Ministers under the Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Act 2000. Subject to parliamentary approval t

34 page PDF

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34 page PDF

323.9 kB

Code of Conduct for Councillors

34 page PDF

323.9 kB

ISBN 978 1 78851 757 7 (Web only publication)
PPDAS 396206

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An errata was published on 17th April 2018 as a result of minor text changes on PDF pages 11, 12, 14 and 24.

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Section 1: Introduction to the Code of Conduct
Guidance on the Code of Conduct

Section 2: Key Principles of the Code of Conduct

Section 3: General Conduct
Relationship with other councillors and members of the public
Relationship with Council Employees
Bullying and Harassment
Conduct at Meetings
Remuneration, Allowances and Expenses
Gifts and Hospitality
Confidentiality Requirements
Use of Council Facilities
Appointments to Partner Organisations
Dealings with the Council
Responsibilities to the Council as a Member of the Public

Section 4: Registration of Interests
Category One: Remuneration
Category Two: Related Undertakings
Category Three: Contracts
Category Four: Election Expenses
Category Five: Houses, Land and Buildings
Category Six: Interest in Shares and Securities
Category Seven: Gifts and Hospitality
Category Eight: Non-Financial Interests

Section 5: Declaration of Interests
Interests which Require Declaration
Your Financial Interests
Your Non-Financial Interests
The Financial Interests of Other Persons
The Non-Financial Interests of Other Persons
Making a Declaration
Frequent Declarations of Interest
Definition of Exclusions

Section 6: Lobbying and Access to Councillors

Section 7: Taking Decisions on Quasi-Judicial or Regulatory Applications
Fairness and Impartiality
Decisions on Planning Matters


Annex A: Sanctions for Breaches of the Code

Annex B: Definitions

Annex C: Protocol for Relations between Councillors and Employees in Scottish Councils