Appointment of an independent person

Under the Localism Act 2011 the Council is required to appoint one or more independent persons who will give an independent view on allegations that councillors have behaved inappropriately. Currently Southwark Council has two independent persons, and their term comes to an end in July 2018.

In accordance with the Localism Act 2011 Southwark Council will appoint at least two independent persons. Their term will commence in July 2018 and will be for three years.

The council has adopted a Code of Conduct which sets out what is expected of councillors. When there is an allegation that a councillor has breached the Code, the Independent Person will help assess if there has been a breach.

To be eligible for consideration you will need the qualities set out in the person specification - which you will find in the appointment pack. In essence you will need to have good inter-personal and analytical skills, and the ability to make balanced and objective assessments. Communication skills will also be very important.

If you are interested in holding the post of independent person - helping to promote and monitor high standards in public life, serve the local community and uphold local democracy, then you may want to apply, using the documents below. Applications must be received before 12 January 2018.

Page last updated: 30 November 2017