26 July 2012
Trafford Council is looking to recruit two independent members to work with the Authority's Standards Committee. It is keen to hear from local people interested in helping ensure Trafford councillors uphold the highest ethical standards while serving their local communities.
The Localism Act 2011 places a duty on councils to promote and maintain high standards of conduct for elected and co-opted members.
Councils must also have arrangements to deal with complaints of breaches of its Code of Conduct by councillors or co-opted members of the council and the town and parish councils in its area. These arrangements must include at least one independent person who is consulted with regarding any complaints.
Trafford Council's Acting Director of Legal and Democratic Services and Monitoring Officer, Jane LeFevre said: "Maintaining the highest standards of conduct is paramount to local democracy. We want people keenly interested in the way our locally elected representatives conduct themselves to consider applying for these two positions."
To ensure independence, there are certain restrictions on who can apply for this position, for example applicants must not be politically active or have any relationship with councillors, the Council or any of its employees.
Application packs are available on www.yourcounciljobs.co.uk/trafford
All applications must be returned by 10 August 2012.