Appointment of an Independent Person

Would you like to play a key role in promoting and maintaining high standards of local government conduct?

We are looking for someone with political awareness but without political affiliations, with a keen interest in local governance and a commitment to high standards and ethics in public life, to act as an Independent Person to assist our Monitoring Officer and Standards Committee. You must be independent-minded but be able to work as part of a team. 

The council has a duty to promote and maintain high standards of conduct by its elected members and co-opted members.  Duties of the Standards Committee include promoting high standards and investigating alleged breaches of our Code of Conduct for councillors. 

Following the receipt of a complaint, the council will seek the views of the Independent Person before it makes its decision on any allegation against a member, co-opted member or parish councillor it has decided to investigate.

Views may also be sought from the Independent Person by the member, co-opted member or parish Councillor who is the subject of the complaint.

You cannot be appointed as an Independent Person if you are currently a member, co-opted member, parish councillor or an officer of South Ribble Borough Council or have been within the last five years, or if you are a relative or close friend of such a person. 

Ideally you should have:-

 Experience on relevant committees or similar,
 A high level of personal integrity
 An ability to work as part of a team
 The ability to be objective, independent and impartial - essential
 Good analytical, communication and interpersonal skills

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Although this is an unpaid role, travel expenses will be covered if attendance at standards related meeting is required.

Closing date for applications is Monday, 24 April 2017. Click here for an application form, which should be returned by email to Interviews will be held on Tuesday, 2 May 2017.

South Ribble Borough Council is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all minority groups within the community.