The Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Act 2000 provided for the introduction of a new code of conduct for local authority councillors. The Councillors’ Code of Conduct required by the Act originally came into force in 2003, and was previously reviewed and re-issued in 2010. The Code applies to every elected member of a local authority in Scotland. This version comes into effect from 9 July 2018.
The substantive changes made by this latest version of the Code are (1) an addition to Section 3 of the Code to make clear that bullying or harassment is completely unacceptable and will be considered to be a breach of the Code, and (2) changes to the rules on declarations of interest by councillors who are also members of Regional Transport Partnerships. It also makes a number of minor changes to clarify various provisions. The amended Code has been approved by the Scottish Parliament as required by the 2000 Act.