INDEPENDENT PANEL MEMBERS REQUIRED
Surrey County Council is looking for two local people to join its Independent Remuneration Panel (IRP), which makes recommendations to the Council on the type and level of allowances paid to County Councillors. The ideal candidate will be a respected and active member of the local community and representative of one of the Council’s stakeholder groups; for example social care, education, the voluntary sector or the local business community.
You do not necessarily need experience of local government and the roles of elected councillors but should have an interest in public affairs.
The work involves carrying out a review of the existing allowances scheme, taking into account changes to the roles and responsibilities of County Councillors. The Panel will meet (typically one review per year) to gather information and prepare reports with recommendations for consideration by the County Council. This usually involves a time commitment of up to 10 days during the course of any review (an allowance of £1,000 plus travel expenses is provided per review). The appointment will be for a period of three years, with the opportunity for re-appointment for a further three years.
You will not be eligible for appointment if you are employed by, or serving as a councillor for Surrey County Council, or actively involved in a political party. Anyone who would be disqualified from being an elected member of a local authority (section 80 of the Local Government Act 1972) is also disqualified from being a member of an IRP.
A briefing pack is available giving more details about what’s involved, please find attached below. If you are interested in joining the IRP and would like an informal discussion, please contact Elliot Sinclair via email at email@example.com.Additional Information
The closing date for applications is 23:59 on 12th March 2023.
Appointment and induction process:
- Shortlisting will take place in March 2023
- Interviews will be held on Thursday 20th April 2023
- County Council ratification of appointments on Tuesday 23rd May 2023
- 1 day Induction training for the whole IRP in June 2023
How to Apply
Electronic applications in the form of a CV and covering letter should be submitted to Elliot Sinclair (Support Services Manager, Democratic Services) at firstname.lastname@example.org.