Invitation to join Hackney Council s Standards Committee

DO you believe in local democracy, and high standards in public life? If so, Hackney’s Standards Committee could be the place for you.

There are currently vacancies for four new independent members to join the committee, which acts as the Council’s ethical watchdog.

Training is provided, as are expenses for attending the Standards Committee’s four quarterly meetings.

The committee will be made up of the four successful applicants, joining three other independent members, and also six councillors.

Members can come from all walks of life, and share an interest in the sensitive work involved, which can include looking into complaints made against elected members.

Other qualities applicants are expected to have include:
•A keen interest in Hackney and a wish to serve its community
•A belief that high standards in public life matter
•A belief that local democracy matters
•A high standard of personal integrity
•An ability to reach impartial and objective decisions
•Experience of resolving disputes or complaints, and/or upholding standards within a group or organisation

However, to apply you must not be a councillor or Council officer, or have been one within the last five years, or a relative or close personal associate of a councillor or officer.

The closing date for applications is 10 June, and interviews will be held on 19 and 20 June.

For an application pack please contact Kwabena Fosu-Mensah, Hackney Town Hall, Mare Street, London E8 1EA, phone 020 8356 3584, e-mail: