Public to uphold council standards

Harrogate Borough Council's offices on Crescent Gardens, Harrogate.
Harrogate Borough Council's offices on Crescent Gardens, Harrogate.
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Harrogate Borough Council is looking for a member of the public to help councillors uphold standards.

They are seeking a member of the public to act as an ‘independent person’ to assist with promoting and maintaining high standards of conduct amongst councillors.

The position which has an allowance of £1,321 per year plus reasonable expenses, would be for a three year term and the person would be required to attend occasional meetings at the Council Offices in Harrogate.

The council have recently adopted a new code of conduct and complaints procedure in accordance with the requirements of the Localism Act which set out what is expected of councillors and how complaints will be dealt with.

This covers both Harrogate Council and the city, town and parish councils within the district.

Harrogate Borough Council is therefore looking for an Independent Person who can interpret the code of conduct, balance differing views and bring an independent and informed perspective to the investigation process.

For more information email jennifer.norton@harrogate.gov.uk or call 01423 556036.