Committee on Standards in Public Life seeks Independent Members
The Committee on Standards in Public Life (CSPL) advises the Prime Minister on ethical standards across the whole of public life. It monitors and reports on issues relating to arrangements for upholding the standards of conduct of all public office holders.
The Prime Minister is seeking independent members to join the Committee for a five year term.
We are looking for high calibre individuals with a real interest in ethical standards and commitment to the principles of public life, who could make a strong contribution to the important work of this Committee. We are especially keen to encourage applications from a wide range of backgrounds, including the voluntary and private sectors.
These are part-time appointments. Members are expected to commit an average of 2 days a month though this may increase when the Committee is undertaking a review.
All candidates must demonstrate, in their CV and supporting letter, how they meet the following criteria, through their knowledge, skills and experience:
- Personal integrity and strength of character;
- Understanding of, and commitment to, the need to maintain the highest standards of public life;
- The ability to command the confidence of Ministers, Parliament and the public;
- The ability to examine issues in an objective and analytical way;
- Ability to work well within a small team; and
- The ability to contribute to the drafting of reports and other documents.
Applicants should also consider whether their interests, or any other roles they hold, might present a conflict with possible subjects of inquiry.
CSPL is made up of political appointees and independent members. This campaign seeks independent members. Applicants should not be politically active.
Political activity is defined as an individual being employed by a political party, holding significant office in a party, standing as a candidate for a party in an election, having publicly spoken on behalf of a political party or having made significant donations or loans to a party. Significant loans and donations are those of a size which are reported to the Electoral Commission, in line with a central party’s reporting threshold.
You will need to show political impartiality during your time on the Committee and must declare any party political activity you undertake in the period of your appointment.
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