The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life

investigates breaches of ethical standards by ministers, members of Parliament and persons of trust, and contributes to the improvement of standards of behaviour in public life.

Complaints

You can complain to the Standards Commissioner about unethical behaviour by ministers, members of Parliament or persons of trust.

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Resources

Case reports and other documents issued by the Commissioner, and the codes of ethics for ministers, MPs and persons of trust.

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Standards Committee

Parliament’s Standards Committee oversees the activities of the Commissioner. It is chaired by the Speaker of the House.

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Commissioner for Standards issues first annual report

Commissioner for Standards issues first annual report

The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life has issued his first annual report. He presented the report to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, who in turn laid it before the House yesterday. The report outlines the role of the Commissioner as set out by the Standards in Public Life Act and the procedures...
Ministers to stop using public resources to produce content for their personal social media accounts

Ministers to stop using public resources to produce content for their personal social media accounts

The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life has found that it is widespread practice for ministers to use public resources in the generation of content for their personal pages in Facebook and other social media. The Commissioner has concluded that this is an abuse since the ministers in question are using public resources to raise...
Public consultation period on the regulation of lobbying extended

Public consultation period on the regulation of lobbying extended

The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life is extending by one month the public consultation period on his proposals for the regulation of lobbying. On 28 February 2020, the Commissioner published a consultation paper setting out proposals on how lobbying should be regulated. The Commissioner invited members of the public to submit their views on...