Nuneaton Council seeking two independent voices

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 8 March 2021

NUNEATON and Bedworth Borough Council are seeking out two new independent people to help oversee ‘key’ and ‘major’ decisions which will be taken by the local authority’s ruling Cabinet.

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The two applicants being sought out must be independent and politically impartial of the Council.

Most councils across the country already have some form of overview and scrutiny function, which enables additional consideration when it comes to the decision making processes.

In the Borough of Nuneaton and Bedworth, independent co-opted members will help with this process by attending meetings like audits and the standards committee, as well as internal, and external overview and scrutiny panels.

Training is provided for the role and the positions will be supported by the payment of ‘out of pocket expenses’.

All co-opted members of the Council are bound by the same Nolan Principles of public life which also apply to Councillors.

Further information is available inside of the Council’s information pack made public on their official website, linked here. Those interested in the role can apply here.

To be an eligible applicant for selection, applicants must be 18 years of age or over, and either:

  • Registered to vote in the Borough
  • Lived in the Borough for more than a year
  • Have worked in the Borough for more than a year

Nuneaton and Bedworth Mayor, Cllr. June Tandy, said: “Independent co-opted members play an important part in ensuring that this council works in the right way, by taking decisions in a transparent manner in line with national and local guidance.

“We are currently seeking two new members to join us by bringing their personal and professional experience to bear in guiding elected members.

“We are inviting anyone who may be interested in joining us who should be politically impartial, and we especially welcome people with disabilities.”

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