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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 their team work within their remit to encourage fairness, good conduct and transparency in public life in Scotland. We investigate complaints about the behaviour of MSPs, local authority councillors and board members of public bodies and about lobbyists. We also regulate how people are appointed to the majority of boards of public bodies in Scotland.

Our values, our purpose and our objectives are set out in our strategic plan and our biennial business plan.

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The Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body is advertising for a new Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland 

£77,260 - £ 92,658

The Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland (the "Commissioner") is an Independent Officeholder who is responsible for investigating complaints about the conduct of MSPs, local authority councillors, members of public bodies and lobbyists. The Commissioner also regulates how people are appointed to the boards of public bodies in Scotland.

The Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) are looking for a talented individual with a track record of operating at a senior level and delivering results. You will have the ability to make decisions on complex and sensitive matters. You will be resilient and have excellent interpersonal skills to enable you to work with complainants, staff and stakeholders and to work under close parliamentary scrutiny.

This is a full-time appointment for a fixed term of 6 years, attracts a starting salary of £77,260 and is pensionable. 

The Commissioner is based in Edinburgh.

For an application pack including full details of the requirements:

Visit: Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland - Scottish Parliament Website

For BSL users, please call via: https://contactscotland-bsl.org/

Write to: The Scottish Parliament, Officeholder Services, Edinburgh EH99 1SP

The closing date for receipt of applications is 12 noon, Monday 22 August 2022

The Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body is committed to promoting equality of opportunity and treatment and to eliminating unfair discrimination in its employment/appointment practices. 

What's new

Complaints


Public appointments


Corporate


Updated Unacceptable Behaviour Policy

The Commissioner has recently updated their Unacceptable Behaviour Policy which defines unacceptable or unreasonable behaviour by those who interact with the work of the Commissioner. 

Revised Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies in Scotland

The Commissioner recently published a revised Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies in Scotland. The Code will not come into effect until 3 October 2022. 

Updated Privacy Policy

The Commissioner recently updated their Privacy Policy. The privacy policy explains what type of personal data we may collect about you when you interact with us. It also explains how we will store and handle that data and keep it safe. 

Investigation Report on a complaint about the ESC

In January 2021, a number of concerns were raised about how we investigated a complaint about the conduct of a Councillor. The issues raised were significant and we commissioned an independent investigation. We have now published the resulting report which details the issues, the investigation, the findings and our responses to the recommendations. 

 

 

Diversity in public appointments

Do you understand the difference that diversity makes in public appointments? Our page on promoting diversity might help.

 

 

 

Audit Scotland's s22 report

On 20 December 2021, the Auditor General for Scotland published a report outlining serious issues identified in the audit relating to 2020/21The report and further details can be found on Audit Scotland’s website.

Progress to rebuild the organisation and its relationships with stakeholders is well underway. 

More information about progress is available here: