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The Councillors' Code of Conduct: 3rd Edition - December 2010

DescriptionCouncillors' Code of Conduct
Official Print Publication Date
Website Publication DateDecember 21, 2010


ISBN 978 0 7559 9835 7 (Web only publication)
DPPAS 10992

This document is also available in pdf format (557k)



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
Conduct at Meetings
Relationship with Council Employees
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 Applied by Standards Commission for Breach of the Code
Annex B Definitions
Annex C Protocol for Relations between Councillors and Employees in Scottish Councils