Wakefield Council seeks applications for two ‘Independent Person’ roles

Wakefield Council is looking to appoint two people to serve in ‘Independent Person’ roles – to help it to maintain standards in public life.

All local authorities, town and parish councils have a legal responsibility to promote and maintain high standards of conduct for their elected and co-opted members who are required to follow a code of conduct.

The Council is now looking to appoint two people in ‘Independent Person’ roles to help it deal with complaints and/or any potential breaches of the code of conduct.

Applicants need to be over the age of 18, and the personal qualities needed include integrity, honesty, a keen interest to high standards in public life and a wish to serve the local community and uphold democracy. People must also be committed to independence, impartiality and able to make objective decisions about complex matters.

Applicants must not have been within the last five years, an elected or co-opted member or an officer of Wakefield Council or of any of the town and parish councils within the district; or a relative or close friend of a current elected or co-opted member of the same.  

For further details and an application form please contact Andrew Taylor, Committee Manager at Wakefield Council (ataylor@wakefield.gov.uk or 01924 305051). 

Completed applications should be returned no later than 5pm on Friday 7th May 2021.

The Council reserves the right to remove an Independent Person from his/her post if their independence is in anyway compromised, and/or they bring the reputation of the Council into disrepute.