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Search underway for Standards Committee members

Swansea Council is advertising for two members of the public to join its Standards Committee.

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The Standards Committee consists of nine people and is made up of five independent members, three councillors and a community or town Councillor.

The Committee's role is to maintain and promote high ethical standards of conduct and probity among the authority's 72 councillors and co-opted members and or any other individuals or bodies as required by law.

Independent Chair Jill Burgess said: "Every local authority in Wales has a Standards Committee and our role is to promote and maintain high standards of conduct amongst councillors, co-opted members and others.

"Over the past few years we've developed an innovative approach to our work which has won praise from the Ombudsman for the way in which we support councillors to settle disputes or concerns they may have about one another from time to time."

"As an independent member of the committee the applicant would not be able to have any business or personal relationship with the council."

The committee provides proactive advice on ethical and conduct issues to councillors.

It also considers alleged breaches of the Code of Conduct when referrals are made to it by the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales.

Potential candidates should have strong personal integrity and respect for others, the ability to work as part of a team and to act with discretion as well as a strong belief in the importance of pursuing and protecting ethical values in public life.

Successful candidates are appointed for up to six years and may be renewed for a further four years.

To find out more about being an independent member of the Standards Committee contact Democratic.Services@swansea.gov.uk

To find out more about the role of the Standards Committee go to  www.swansea.gov.uk/democracy


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