Release Date: 17 April 2012
Under the Localism Act 2011 the Council is required to appoint one or more Independent Persons who will give an independent view on allegations that councillors have behaved inappropriately.
The Localism Act 2011 became law in November 2011. It changes the way in which councils will consider allegations that a councillor has not complied with the Code of Conduct. These requirements will apply to Stroud District Council and Town and Parish councils across the District of Stroud. Each council will have to adopt a Code of Conduct which sets out what is expected of councillors.
When there is an allegation that a councillor has breached the Code, the Independent Person will help assess if there has been a breach. The District Council may decide to appoint more than one Independent Person.
If you are interested in holding the post of Independent Person - helping to promote and monitor high standards in public life, serve the local community and uphold local democracy, then you may want to apply. To be eligible for consideration you will need the qualities set out in the Person Specification - which you will find in the information pack. In essence you will need to have broad experience, good assimilation and analytical skills, and the ability to make balanced and objective assessments. Communication skills will also be important.
The Localism Act 2011 prevents members and officers of the councils in Stroud, their relatives and close friends from being an Independent Person. Those who have been members or officers of these councils within the last five years are also excluded.
If you think that you may be interested in being an Independent Person please download the job pack below or contact Kathryn Skill for further information: email@example.com or by telephone on 01453 754386.
Applications should be submitted before 14th May 2012.
Interviews will take place the week beginning 11 June 2012.