NEW INDEPENDENT PERSONS SOUGHT FOR STANDARDS COMMITTEENotice ID: SW4171280
NEW INDEPENDENT PERSONS SOUGHT FOR STANDARDS COMMITTEE
All Councils are expected to promote and maintain the highest standards of conduct and the search is now on for two members of the public who will help ensure that Swindon Borough Council is no exception.
The Council's Standards Committee advises on the adoption and revision of the Councillors' Code of Conduct and also monitors the operation of the Code. It approves other codes of conduct and behaviour which apply to Councillors, Council employees, contractors, and any other parties or organisations associated with Council activity. It ensures the effective operation of the Council's Customer Feedback policy in relation to standards of conduct and behaviour of staff, approves the Council's anti-fraud strategy and whistle-blowing procedures, and also procedures associated with the appointment of an Independent Remuneration Panel for Councillors' Allowances. The Committee also considers complaints made against local councillors.
The Committee currently consists of nine Councillors, two local Parish Representatives, two members of the public (Lay Representatives), and two Independent Persons (statutory posts established under the Localism Act 2011). The term of office of the Independent Persons is four years. The Independent Persons on the Standards Committee do not have voting rights.
An annual allowance of £1,133 is available for the Independent Persons position, and travel and subsistence costs are also payable. Applicants need to be available for at least four meetings a year, which normally start at 5pm and last between one and two hours, and may also be called upon to attend daytime hearings in relation to Code of Conduct determinations.
Independent Persons on the Standards Committee should:
- be individuals of the highest integrity;
- show an appreciation of the complex issues that can arise within any large organisation;
- have a commitment to building a healthy local democracy; and
- have an interest in seeing more transparent, democratic engagement by the Council with local people.
In order to demonstrate complete impartiality, Independent Persons cannot be 'party political', or have been a member or employee of the Council within the last five years. They must not be related to, or be a close friend of, a current Councillor or employee of the Council.
Further details and an application form can be obtained from Vicki Yull, Clerk to the Standards Committee, on 01793 463603, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by writing to Committee and Member Services, Swindon Borough Council, Civic Offices, Euclid Street, Swindon, SN1 2JH. The deadline for requesting an application form is 9th February 2018. Completed application forms should be submitted by 2nd March 2018, and it is anticipated that interviews will be held in the week commencing 2nd April 2018.