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In addition to our own briefings and guidance for elected members, many of the organisations we work with also produce information and advice for councillors. Below, we've gathered some of the resources that we consider useful for elected members and we'll continue to add to this list.
The report will be a useful tool to support councillors and officers in their complex and evolving role. It aims to help them review their practice and to take any necessary actions to ensure that their council's governance remains fit for purpose.
This report aims to reinforce the importance of councils having effective internal controls to prevent public money being lost to mistakes and fraud. It contains checklists to help councillors effectively scrutinise how councils are managing their risks and key internal controls.
The Standards Commission guidance that will help councillors interpret the provisions of the Councillors' Code of Conduct.
An example of the slides used in presentations to local authority elected members and officers.
This advice note aims to provide councillors with an overview of matters they should consider when they are involved with or have been invited to participate in arm's length external organisations (ALEOs). The advice provided focuses on councillor responsibilities under the ethical standards framework and seeks to assist councillors in recognising and dealing with potential conflicts of interest to minimise risks to governance and accountability arrangements.
This advice note is aimed at helping elected members to distinguish between their strategic role and any operational work. It also suggests issues that councillors should consider in order for them to ensure they undertake their scrutiny role effectively, while still complying with the provisions regarding relationships with employees and decision-making in the Councillors’ Code of Conduct.
Equality and Human Rights Commission
The aim of this toolkit is to support elected members to consider housing for disabled people in their strategies and plans and to promote more meaningful involvement of disabled people. The toolkit splits into four main sections: The Public Sector Equality Duty, planning accessible homes, providing adaptations and accessible housing registers. Further reading and resources can be found in the appendices.
The Improvement Service (IS) is the national improvement organisation for local government in Scotland.
Our purpose is to help councils and their partners to improve the health, quality of life and opportunities of all people in Scotland through community leadership, strong local governance and the delivery of high quality, efficient local services.
Through a series of principles, the IS works to promote improvement in local government and among its partners to support them improve outcomes and reduce the outcome gaps within populations and within areas.
The IS delivers a range of products and services that support CPPs to build their capacity to deliver the public service reform agenda.
The IS has a non-partisan role to support all elected members in Scotland.
The Improvement Services produces a series of newsletters on a range of subjects, including myaccount, elected members, tellmescotland as well as the main IS newsletter. Subscribe on this page.
Video explaining how the work of trading standards contributes to your local community, in particular:
‘Rocky Road’ tells the inside story of how local community activists took over the Community Centre in their ex-mining village, Dalmellington
In this 5-minute film, community activist Sharon Smith and Angela Graham, Senior Estates Surveyor at East Ayrshire Council, take the camera into their own hands, and grill one another about the ups and downs of the process. It’s a revealing conversation and will help elected members to understand the benefits and challenges of co-production.
Learn more about the film and 100 Stories by visiting the Scottish Co-production Network website.