Funding Enquiry and Statistics on applying Code of Conduct for Councillors

Gordon C Stalker made this Freedom of Information request to Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland

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Dear Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland,
You state that you are an "independent body" on your complaint form.
Please advise your source of funding and how much this funding is per annum.
You are responsible for enforcing the Councillors' Code of Conduct in Scotland.
Please advise how many complaint forms you have received and how many you have dismissed without further action over any time period, per month or per annum.
As the Code of Conduct was updated in July 2018 this should include statistics for previous relevant legislation.

Yours faithfully,

Gordon C Stalker

investigations@ethicalstandards.org.uk, Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland

Dear Mr Stalker

Thank you for your email. This is receiving attention.

Yours sincerely

Greta Elliott

Casework Coordinator
Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland
Thistle House
91 Haymarket Terrace 
Edinburgh EH12 5HE 
Tel: 0300 011 0550
www.ethicalstandards.org.uk

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Karen Elder, Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland

Dear Mr Stalker

 

Thank you for your email of 24 August 2018, requesting information about
our funding and the number of complaints we receive. I am responding to
your complaint on behalf of the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in
Public Life in Scotland (the Commissioner) under the terms of the Freedom
of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA).

 

Q1. “You state that you are an "independent body" on your complaint form.
Please advise your source of funding and how much this funding is per
annum.”

The post of Commissioner for Ethical Standards was established by an Act
of the Scottish Parliament and the Commissioner is appointed by the
Scottish Parliament. As such, the Commissioner’s funding is provided
through the Scottish Parliament. Our approved funding for the past five
years is as follows. Further details about our funding and expenditure are
provided in our annual accounts which are available on the Publications
page of our website (filter ‘Annual Accounts and Audit’) and through the
hyperlinks in the table below.

 

+------------------------------------------------------------------------+
|Year | Funding Awarded*| Funding Drawndown| Expenditure|
|--------------+--------------------+---------------------+--------------|
|2018/19 | £915,200|  |  |
|--------------+--------------------+---------------------+--------------|
|2017/18^ | £838,000| £838,100| £811,000|
|--------------+--------------------+---------------------+--------------|
|[1]2016/17 | £958,200| £957,800| £953,400|
|--------------+--------------------+---------------------+--------------|
|[2]2015/16 | £862,000| £853,000| £852,000|
|--------------+--------------------+---------------------+--------------|
|[3]2014/15 | £833,800| £785,000| £781,000|
+------------------------------------------------------------------------+

*Includes any contingency (additional) funding awarded to cover demand
driven costs.

^Full accounts for 2017/18 will be published by 31 October 2018.

 

Q2. “You are responsible for enforcing the Councillors' Code of Conduct in
Scotland. Please advise how many complaint forms you have received and how
many you have dismissed without further action over any time period, per
month or per annum. As the Code of Conduct was updated in July 2018 this
should include statistics for previous relevant legislation.”

The information is supplied by reporting year. The reporting year covers
the period 1 April to 31 March. Column 2 shows the number of complaints
received and column 3 shows have many have been closed as they were
outwith our jurisdiction and no further action could be taken by us.
Columns 4 to 8 give information about the number of complaints completed
each year. P14 of our Annual Report for 2013/14 gives more detail about
what is involved in an ‘Initial’ and ‘Full’ investigation. Further details
about our activities are provided in our annual reports which are
available on the Publications page of our website (filter ‘Annual
Reports’) and through the hyperlinks in the table below.

 

+---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 |
|----------+----------+------------+----------+------------+-------------+-------------+------|
|Year |Complaints| Outwith|Complaints| Outwith| Initial| Full| Found|
| | Received|Jurisdiction| Completed|Jurisdiction|Investigation|Investigation| In|
| | | | |or Withdrawn| | |Breach|
|----------+----------+------------+----------+------------+-------------+-------------+------|
|2017/18^ | 146| 9| 176| 7| 114| 43| 12|
|----------+----------+------------+----------+------------+-------------+-------------+------|
|[4]2016/17| 174| 4| 224| 9| 102| 95| 18|
|----------+----------+------------+----------+------------+-------------+-------------+------|
|[5]2015/16| 245| 4| 214| 51| 106| 49| 8|
|----------+----------+------------+----------+------------+-------------+-------------+------|
|[6]2014/15| 692*| 9| 692| 12| 123| 17| 540*|
|----------+----------+------------+----------+------------+-------------+-------------+------|
|[7]2013/14| 311| 10| 291| 19| 200| 67| 5|
+---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+

^The annual report for 2017/18 will be published by 31 October 2018.

*524 complaints related to the same matter and were investigated as one
case

 

I hope this information has been useful but if you require any
clarification or further details please get back in touch.

 

If you are unhappy with how your request has been handled you should write
to Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland, Thistle
House, 91 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh EH12 5HE or
at [8][email address]. Your request for review should
be made within 40 working days and should explain why you are dissatisfied
with our response.

 

If you are not content with the outcome of our review, you may apply
directly to the Scottish Information Commissioner for a decision.
Generally, the Commissioner cannot make a decision unless you have
exhausted the review procedure provided by the Commissioner for Ethical
Standards.  More information can be found on the Scottish Information
Commissioner’s website: [9]www.itspublicknowledge.info\yourrights.      

 

Kind regards, Karen

 

Karen Elder

Business Manager

Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland

Thistle House

91 Haymarket Terrace

Edinburgh

EH12 5HE

Tel: 0131 347 3898

[10]www.ethicalstandards.org.uk

 

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