Local authorities have a duty to promote and maintain high standards of conduct by their councillors. If you live or work in Thanet and are interested in enhancing local democracy and maintaining standards and ethics, we invite you to apply for the role of Independent Member with our Standards Committee.
The Standards Committee oversees the standards and ethics of district, town and parish councillors and makes recommendations to the council on investigations into standards. It is made up of 14 members and meets quarterly in the council’s offices in Cecil Street, Margate, usually during the afternoon or early evening.
As an Independent Member, you can expect to dedicate around six hours per month to committee meetings and planning. A small annual allowance is payable together with travel and subsistence expenses.
You must demonstrate high standards of personal integrity, with the ability to remain objective and impartial at all times. You will ideally have experience of dealing with complaints and customer care issues in the public or private sector.
To ensure political neutrality and independence, you cannot apply if, within the last five years, you have been a member or officer at Thanet District Council or of a Parish or Town Council; you have a relative or close friend who is a member or officer at Thanet District Council or you have a public profile in a political party.
The closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 6 March 2022.