We want YOU to serve as an Independent Councillor

INDEPENDENT CANDIDATES FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS
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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