Investigating complaints

We investigate complaints about the behaviour of MSPs, local authority councillors, and board members of public bodies and about lobbyists.

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Regulating public appointments

We regulate and monitor how people are appointed to the boards of public bodies in Scotland, and promote diversity.

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About the Ethical Standards Commissioner

The Commissioner and her team work within her remit to encourage fairness, good conduct and transparency in public life in Scotland.

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Covid-19 Updates

Postal services suspended
Updated 7 July 2020

Please note that due to the closure of our premises and the change in our working arrangements, we have no access to postal deliveries. Please do not send us anything by post. Instead email or phone us or use our website. Please get in touch if you have recently posted something to us and do not receive a response or acknowledgement in the next few days.


Message from Caroline Anderson, Ethical Standards Commissioner 
1 July 2020

This office looks to the words of the First Minister during this crisis "our goal is to protect the public's health". 

In early March 2020, I invoked emergency actions necessary to facilitate remote working on the part of my small team. In doing so, I assured ongoing service provision whilst protecting the health of my team, their families and the community whom we serve, as far as is possible in current circumstances.

We have overcome the various hurdles which presented and by utilising available technology,  provided unbroken service whilst placing public health at the front and centre of the office agenda. 

We are closely monitoring the unfolding situation and will post updates as and when necessary.