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Publication - Guidance

On Board: a guide for members of statutory boards

Published: 3 Mar 2017
Directorate:
Local Government and Communities Directorate
Part of:
Public sector
ISBN:
9781786522832

Guidance for all those appointed under statute to be members of the boards of public bodies in Scotland.

73 page PDF

2.8 MB

73 page PDF

2.8 MB

Contents
On Board: a guide for members of statutory boards
Gifts and Hospitality

73 page PDF

2.8 MB

Gifts and Hospitality

As a Board member, you should ensure that the reputation of your public body is not damaged through the receipt (or provision) of inappropriate gifts and hospitality.

Gifts and Hospitality

  • Do not canvass or actively seek gifts or hospitality;
  • Your conduct should not foster the suspicion of any conflict between your official duties and your private interests;
  • Your actions, when acting in an official capacity, should not give the impression of having been influenced by a gift or consideration to show favour or disfavour to any person or organisation;
  • Do not accept any offer of a gift or hospitality from any individual or organisation that stands to gain from a decision that your public body may be involved in determining or that is seeking to do business with your public body;
  • You should usually refuse offers of gifts and/or hospitality except in the following cases: gifts of an isolated and trivial character under £50; normal hospitality associated with your duties and reasonably regarded as appropriate; or gifts received on behalf of the public body;
  • Do not accept repeated hospitality or repeated gifts from the same source; and
  • If you are in doubt about the propriety of accepting a gift or an item of hospitality you should contact the Standards Officer and/or the Chair for advice.

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