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Council seeks independent voices

Published on Friday, 5th March 2021

Two people sought to help oversee major decisions

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council is on the lookout for two new independent people to help oversee key decisions taken by the local authority’s ruling Cabinet.

Most councils across the country have some form of overview and scrutiny function, enabling additional consideration of decision-making processes.

In Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough, independent co-opted members help with this process by attending meetings such as audit and standards committee as well as internal and external overview and scrutiny panels.

Training is provided and the positions are supported by the payment of out of pocket expenses.

All co-opted members are bound by the same Nolan Principles of public life, which also apply to councillors.

Nuneaton and Bedworth Mayor Cllr June Tandy explained: “Independent co-opted members play an important part in ensuring that this council works in the right way, by taking decisions in a transparent manner in line with national and local guidance.

“We are currently seeking two new members to join us by bringing their personal and professional experience to bear in guiding elected members. We are inviting anyone who may be interested in joining us who should be politically impartial and we especially welcome people with disabilities.''

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