Date lodged: 24 May 2016
To ask the Scottish Government whether it considers that the powers available to it to deal with local authority officers who wilfully mislead elected councillors to be fit for purpose and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.
Answered by: Angela Constance 1 June 2016
Local authority officers are required to be as open as possible in all the decisions and actions that they take and not to restrict information, except where required by council policy or the law, as set out in the national code of conduct for local government employees in Scotland. Enforcement of the expected standards of behaviour of council employees is a matter for each local authority as an employer and the Scottish Government has no plans to change the current framework.