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Councillors' code of conduct

The Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Act 2000 introduced a new ethical framework for public life in Scotland. The Code of Conduct for Councillors came into effect on 1 May, 2003.

All councillors elected to local authorities in Scotland must follow this statutory code of conduct when carrying out their public duties.

The Standards Commission for Scotland is responsible for the enforcement of the code of conduct. It also has responsibility for issuing guidance to assist local authorities and councillors about the code of conduct and also for hearing complaints about a councillor.

If you want to make a complaint about a councillor or have any other questions about the complaints process you should contact The Standards Commission for Scotland.    

Page last updated:
26 Oct 2020

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