Independent Person

Role Description

(Section 28 Localism Act 2011)

Responsible to: The Council

Liaison with: Monitoring Officer, Borough, Town and Parish Councillors within the Borough, key stakeholders within the community.

 

  1. To assist the Council in promoting high standards of conduct amongst elected and co‐opted Members of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council and Town and Parish Councillors and in particular to uphold the Code of Conduct adopted by the Council and the seven principles of public office, namely selflessness, honesty, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness and leadership.

 

  1. To be consulted by the Council through the Monitoring Officer and/or the Standards Committee before it makes a decision on an investigated allegation and to be available to attend meetings of the Standards or Standards Sub-Committee for this purpose.

 

  1. To be available for consultation by the Monitoring Officer and/or the Standards Committee before a decision is taken as to whether to investigate a complaint or to seek local resolution of the same.

 

  1. To be available for consultation by any Elected Member, including Town and Parish Councillors, who may be the subject of a standards complaint.

 

  1. To develop a sound understanding of the ethical framework as it operates within Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council and its Town and Parish Councils.

 

  1. To participate in training events to develop skills, knowledge and experience and in networks developed for Independent Persons operating outside the Borough Council’s area as appropriate.

 

  1. To act an ambassador for the Council in promoting ethical behaviour.

 

  1. To assist the Council by advising the Council, as part of a statutory process, for dismissal of statutory officers.