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Monday, 21 June 2021

Rushcliffe Borough Council opportunities for voluntary independent persons to monitor ethical standards

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for two Independent persons to join Rushcliffe Borough Council.

Test from the council website below:

If you are interested in playing an important role in promoting and maintaining high standards of ethical conduct in Rushcliffe, you are invited to apply for the positions of Independent Person. Training will be given, and an allowance of £320 pa for the role.

The Standards Committee of Rushcliffe Borough Council oversees the ethical standards of elected and co-opted members of Rushcliffe Borough Council and the Town and Parish Councils established in the Borough. The Committee’s role is to promote and maintain high standards of ethical conduct by members and to deal with complaints alleging a failure by a member to comply with the requirements of the Code of Conduct of their authority.

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The Independent Person supports the Standards Committee by providing an independent perspective on the Council’s ethical framework as well as having an active role in the management and conduct of member complaints.

Candidates MUST:

  • Have a good understanding of the ethical standards required of persons holding public office;
  • Demonstrate high standards of integrity;
  • Demonstrate that they can remain independent in their thinking and decision making;
  • Be able to make judgements based on evidence or information presented;
  • Have questioning skills and be assertive;
  • Be able to act with tact and discretion and maintain the confidentiality of confidential and sensitive information; and
  • Demonstrate a commitment to equal opportunities

To be eligible to apply you MUST NOT: –

  • Have been a member or officer at the Council or Parish or Town Council within the Borough within the last five years
  • Be a relative or close friend of a member or officer of Rushcliffe Borough Council or of any Parish or Town Council in the Borough.

In addition, the Council WILL NOT consider a candidate who:-

  • has a public profile in party politics including a role on the management or selection committee(s) of a registered political party or who has been a candidate or canvasser for a registered political party at local or national election; or
  • has been convicted of a criminal offence (excluding minor traffic offences) in the last five years; or
  • has an existing relationship with Rushcliffe Borough Council that could cause a potential conflict of interest e.g. a contractual relationship with the Council as a supplier etc.

To apply please complete the application form attached. 

If you would like to discuss the role, please call 01159 148215 and ask for Sanjit Sull.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00pm on Monday 14th June 2021. Interviews for short-listed candidates will be held during the week commencing 21st  June 2021 and the Council intends to appoint the successful candidate(s) at the Council Meeting to be held on 1 July 2021.