Independent Persons Standards Committee

Posted 6 days ago by London Borough of Haringey


About Haringey

Haringey is a fantastic place to live and work – the world in one borough. A place brimming with creativity, personality, radicalism, and community. It is a place where we stand up for each other. A place that is proudly distinctive. We’ll be celebrating all this and more as the “rebel borough” when we are the 2027 London Borough of Culture.

Our history champions change-makers and everyday rebels; revelling in our differences, battling discrimination, championing equality, and doing things our own way. Haringey’s people are a huge asset, with knowledge, expertise, and passion. Our staff members embody our organisational values: Caring, Creative, Courageous, Collaborative and Community-focused. These values keep us looking forward, ambitious for the future, and continuously striving to do our very best for all of our residents.

About the role

Are you interested in promoting high ethical standards in Haringey Council?
Haringey Council has a statutory duty to promote and maintain high standards of conduct for your elected councillors and co-opted members. We take this responsibility seriously and have a Code of Conduct which sets out the key obligations which must be observed. If an allegation is made that a member or co-opted member has failed to comply with the Code of Conduct we want someone who views can be sought (either by the Council Standards Committee, Monitoring Officer or the member concerned) before a decision is made about what to do. This Independent Person position is a requirement created by the Localism Act 2011.
In addition, the Regulations in 2015 require an Independent Person to be involved in making recommendations to the Council where the Council is considering dismissing its key Statutory Officers. 

Working for Haringey

At Haringey Council we are committed to creating a workplace culture where all our people feel valued, included, and able to be their best at work, and we recognise the benefits of a diverse workforce so welcome applications from all ethnicities and communities so that we continue to make a difference to our residents and community. 

Our benefits package includes a leave entitlement up to 31 days + bank holidays, potential hybrid working opportunities, health and wellbeing support, a generous local government pension scheme and a range of discount schemes across leisure and culture that provide both financial and money-saving discounts.

About you

We are looking for applicants who:
Can offer the profile and experience which the community would recognise and respect as bringing an independent and informed perspective to the consideration of complaints about member conduct.
Are familiar with ethical questions and the development and interpretation of codes of conduct.
Have good analytical and interpersonal skills Experience of decision making skills involving sensitive issues
Are objective, impartial and have a high level of integrity.
Are independent of any political party, both prior to the application and during your term, if successfully appointed.
To ensure your voice is truly independent, the law rules you out for this role if you are currently a member, co-opted member or employee of Haringey Council, or you are a relative or close friend of such a person. The law also rules you out if you have been a member, co-opted member or employee of Haringey Council in the 5 years prior to any appointment.
The post carries an allowance of £1250 per annum for the primary appointment with £250 for any deputy appointed. The appointments will be for 4 years. If you would like to have an informal discussion about this role, please contact Fiona Alderman, the Council's head of Legal and Governance and Monitoring Officer of (phone number removed) or email: (url removed) or Ayshe Simsek, Democratic Services and Scrutiny Manager on (phone number removed) or email: (url removed) 

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