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Wigan Council seeks independent support to uphold standards
Friday 3rd August, 2012

Wigan Council seeks independent support to uphold standards

Wigan Council is appealing for people with a keen interest in local governance and a commitment to ethics in public life to help maintain high standards amongst the authority’s local ward members.

A new role of Independent Person has been introduced under the Localism Act 2011 to assist the local authority’s Monitoring Officer and Standards Committee to carry out their function.

Applicants for the role must be independently minded but able to work as part of a team.

Whilst the role requires someone with political awareness, the Independent Person must also be totally impartial and without political affiliation.

“The Localism Act 2011 requires that Wigan Council put in place new arrangements to promote and maintain high standards of conduct amongst its Members,” explains John Mitchell, Wigan Council’s Head of Service, Legal and Risk.

“These arrangements include a new Code of Conduct for Members and a procedure for dealing with complaints about potential failures to comply with this Code of Conduct by Members of Wigan Council and the Parish Councils within the Borough. These arrangements were adopted by the Council at its meeting on 18 July 2012.”

As part of the arrangements for dealing with complaints, the Localism Act 2011 requires Wigan Council to appoint at least one Independent Person who will be consulted by the Council and by individual Members regarding complaints of breaches of the Code of Conduct.

Applicants would be expected to have:
  • An interest in public service, particularly local government

  • An interest in local issues

  • Experience in committee working

  • A high level of personal integrity which inspires public confidence

  • An ability to work as part of a team and comply with confidentiality requirements

  • The ability to be objective, open-minded and impartial

  • Good analytical, communication and interpersonal skills

If you are interested in applying for this role, please contact Peter Hassett on 01942 827381 for an information pack. Applications need to be in by 17 August 2012.

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