Independent Member of Ethics & Standards Committee
Job Description / Role
Responsible to: The Ethics & Standards Committee and to the Council
Liaison with: Members of the Ethics & Standards Committee, Monitoring Officer, Standards, Officer and other Council Officers; Members of County Council and Town / Community Councils.
The Council’s Ethics & Standards Committee comprises nine members:
Five ‘independent’ members, who are not Councillors or Officers of the spouse of a Councillor or an officer of this Council or any other relevant authority as defined by the Regulations, appointed in accordance with the procedure set out in Regulations;
Two Councillors [other than the Leader of the Council and any member of the Cabinet];
Two members of Town and Community Councils wholly or mainly in the Council’s area (‘Community Committee members’).
Term of Office
Members are appointed for a term of not less than four, and no more than 6 years. Members may be reappointed for one further consecutive term not exceeding five years.
Role & Function
Promoting and maintaining high standards of conduct by Councillors, Co-opted Members and church and parent governor representatives;
Assisting the Councillors, Co-opted Members and church and parent governor representatives to observe the Members’ Code of Conduct’;
Advising the Council on the adoption or revision of the Members’ Code of Conduct;
Monitoring the operation of the Members’ Code of Conduct
Advising, training or arranging to train Councillors, co-opted members and church and parent governor representatives on matters relating to the Members’ Code of Conduct;
Granting dispensations to Councillors, Co-opted Members and church and parent governor representatives from requirements relating to interests set out in the Members’ Code of Conduct; (81(4) & (5) LGA 2000 and the Standards Committees (Grant of Dispensation( (Wales) Regulations 2001 (2001/2279)
Dealing with any reports from a case tribunal or interim case tribunal, and any report from the Monitoring Officer on any matter referred to that officer by the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales; (section 73 (1) LGA 2000 and the Local Government Investigations (Functions of Monitoring Officers and Standards Committees) (Wales) Regulations 2001) (2001 2281)
The exercise of 9.3.1 to 9.3.7 above in relation to the Community Councils wholly or mainly in its area and the members of those Community Councils; (Section 56 (1) LGA 2000)
To appoint an appeals panel of three, with a majority of independent members, one of whom would act as Chairperson, with regard to complaints made by members of the public under the Council’s complaints procedure.
Participate in the promotion of high ethical standards and compliance with the services
Participate in the promotion of high ethical standards and compliance with the Members Code of Conduct and contribute towards the effective discharge of the statutory role and responsibilities of the Ethics & Standards Committee.
Advising the Council on the adoption or revision of the Code of Conduct
To attend regularly and participate in meetings of the Ethics & Standards Committee [Note:- meetings will normally be held at 9.30am].
To participate in hearings in relation to complaints of Member misconduct under the Code of Conduct.
To actively promote ethics and standards within the Council area.
To develop and apply knowledge of the Code of Conduct in relation to matters brought before the Ethics & Standards Committee, including the determination of allegations of Member misconduct.
To analyse and exercise fair and impartial judgement on conduct issues and to set standards of ethical behaviour.
To provide a view on the governance of the Council from an external perspective which will better enable the Committee, including the determination of allegations of Member misconduct.
To develop a sound understanding of the ethical and wider regulatory framework within which the Council operates and to contribute to the overall effectiveness of the full scope of the work of the Committee.
- To be aware of the views of the local community on ethical standards and to reflect these in activities of the Committee.
- Be prepared to undertake training and to participate in training events organised by the Committee to promote awareness of the Code of Conduct.
- To attend meetings of the District Council and civic and other functions in order to raise the profile of ethics and standards within the authority.
- In the absence of the Chairman, to participate in any forum established for independent Members of the Standards Committee.
- To assess and determine applications by Councillors for dispensation.