We want YOU to serve as an Independent Councillor

Committed politically independent people required to run as candidates for local government positions to represent their communities and consciences, not a political party. On successful election the candidate will be sworn in as a parish, town, county or district councillor.

While you don’t need any special or formal qualifications to be a councillor, having or being able to develop the following knowledge areas will help you manage your responsibilities:

  •  arts, sports and heritage
  •  community safety and crime reduction
  •  education and lifelong learning
  •  environment
  •  finance, taxing and spending
  •  housing
  •  local government planning and regulation
  •  social services and health
  •  tackling disadvantage and building strong, stable communities

This list is by no means exhaustive. All councils have a responsibility for planning, delivering and communicating a large range of public services, and the responsibilities will be different depending on which type of council is involved.

You will be in a position to make a difference to the quality of other people’s daily lives and prospects. It is a weighty responsibility and will require both commitment and hard work. To gain endorsement from the Independent Network, candidates must commit to The Bell Principles:

  • abide wholeheartedly by the spirit and letter of the Seven Principles of Public Life set out by Lord Nolan in 1995: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership
  • be guided by considered evidence, our real world experience and expertise, our constituencies and our consciences
  • be free from the control of any political party, pressure group or whip
  • be non-discriminatory, ethical and committed to pluralism.
  • make decisions transparently and openly at every stage and level of the political process, enabling people to see how decisions are made and the evidence on which they are based
  • listen, consulting our communities constantly and innovatively
  • treat political opponents with courtesy and respect, challenging them when we believe they are wrong, and agreeing with them when we believe they are right
  • resist abuses of power and patronage and promote democracy at every level
  • work with other elected independents as a Group with a chosen spokesperson
  • claim expenses, salaries and compensation openly so the public can judge the value for money of our activities.

Once elected the councillor may receive an allowance of between £0 and £72,214 although any expenses, salaries or compensation must be claimed openly so that the public can judge the value for money of the councillors' activities.

LEGAL REQUIREMENTS: 18+, UK, EU member state or Commonwealth citizenship

Further information at: www.independentnetwork.org.uk

CLOSING DATE: 15/3/2011
CONTACT: secretariat@independentnetwork.org.uk


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