Can you help the Council to keep standards high?

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News release: 12 April 2017

Two people are wanted to help promote high standards of conduct among Councillors and senior officers at St Albans City and District Council.

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The Council is required by the Localism Act 2011 to appoint “Independent Persons” for the important role. 

The chosen pair may be consulted for their independent views on any complaints made about the behaviour of individual District, Town and Parish councillors.

Similarly, they may be invited to serve on a panel that advises the Council when disciplinary action against senior officers is considered. Candidates should have:

• A commitment to public service and high personal integrity;
• The ability to assess an issue and reach a balanced, objective decision in an impartial way; and
• First class communication skills, problem solving abilities and tactfulness in dealing with others.

Applicants should be reliable, excellent listeners and good problem solvers and they should live and work in the District.

It is also useful to have a working knowledge of how local government operates and an awareness of the role of Councillors.

Independent Persons are entitled to an annual allowance, currently £420, together with travel expenses. The appointments will usually be made for a term expiring on 1 July 2022.

Councillor Beric Read, the Council’s Portfolio Holder for Engagement and Localism, said: “Independent Persons have an important job to do in helping to promote and maintain high standards.

“I urge anyone who thinks they can carry out this valued role to consider applying.”

Applicants must not be a St Albans District, Parish or Town councillor, co-opted member or employee of the Council or have been such over the last five years.  Neither can they be a relative or close friend of such a person. 

Applications are welcome from those aged 18 or over. This is regardless of disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

Anyone interested can download an information pack and application form here. The form can be completed on screen and emailed to the Council or printed and sent in by post.

Alternatively, people can request the pack and form to be sent to them by post by calling 01727-819520 or emailing .

The closing date for applications is noon on Wednesday 26 April. Interviews will be held in the week of Monday 8 May or the following week.

Councillor contact:
Councillor Beric Read, Portfolio Holder for Community Engagement and Localism for St Albans City and District Council.
Tel: 07956 220264. Email:

Media contact:
John McJannet, Principal Communications Officer, St Albans City and District Council. Tel: 01727-296130