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Appointment of Independent Person - Conduct of County Councillors

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The council has a duty to promote and maintain high standards of conduct by its elected and co-opted members who are required to comply with a code of conduct.

From July 2012 County Councillors will operate under a new ethical standards system (including a new Code of Conduct) as a result of the Localism Act 2011.

The council must have in place arrangements under which allegations into alleged breaches of this code can be investigated. 

As part of this process an Independent Person will be consulted by the council before it makes its decision on an allegation that it has decided to investigate and may also be consulted in other circumstances.  The Independent Person may also be consulted by a member of the authority against whom an allegation has been made. 

This appointment is due to be effective from 1st July 2012. You must have relevant experience and be politically neutral to apply for this position.  It is anticipated that expenses will be covered.

You cannot be appointed if you are currently a member, co-opted member or an officer of Cumbria County Council or have been within the last five years, or you are a relative or close friend of such a person.

If you are interested in applying an application form and further information can be downloaded below; or by writing to the Democratic Services Manager, Cumbria County Council, The Courts, Carlisle, CA3 8LZ; telephoning Michael Turner on (01228 226373); or e-mailing

Applications will only be considered if the official application form has been completed.

Closing date: 11 May 2012.

Interviews: 1 June 2012


Application Form (Word document 67Kb)

Person Specification and Role Description (PDF 26Kb)