Volunteer Independent Person needed

Your Council
14:13, Thursday, 11th April 2019

North Lincolnshire Council is looking to appoint a volunteer Independent Person to deal with complaints about alleged breaches of the Code of Conduct.

The Localism Act 2011 requires that North Lincolnshire Council adopt arrangements for dealing with complaints of alleged breaches of the Code of Conduct: both by its members and by members of town and parish councils. This includes the provision of at least one Independent Person who:

  • Must be consulted by the council before it makes a finding as to whether a member has failed to comply with the Code of Conduct or decides on action to be taken in respect of that member;
  • May be consulted by the Council in respect of a standards complaint at any other stage; and
  • May be consulted by a member or co-opted member of North Lincolnshire Council or of a town and parish council against whom a complaint has been made.

Do you have the time, commitment, and personal qualities to work with local councils to promote and maintain high standards of conduct of its members and co-opted members?

Can you demonstrate integrity, be independent, impartial, and reach balanced and objective decisions based upon written or oral evidence?

For an informal discussion or to get further details on the role, contact Dean Gillon, Senior Democratic Services Officer on 01724 296356 or email dean.gillon@northlincs.gov.uk.

Alternatively, you can write to the council’s Monitoring Officer at: North Lincolnshire Council, Church Square House, 30-40 High Street, Scunthorpe, DN15 6NL. Full details are also available online.

This is a voluntary position but reasonable expenses can be claimed.

Applications must be received by 5pm on Thursday 18 April 2019.

The Localism Act 2011 places a duty on North Lincolnshire Council and each of the 52 Town and Parish Councils (and 3 Parish Meetings) within the district to promote and maintain high standards of conduct for elected and co-opted members. This includes the requirement to have a code of conduct with which those members must comply.  All councillors in North Lincolnshire abide by this code of conduct.