Peak residents asked to take on key roles in national park

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Two independent people are being sought to play a key role in the management of the Peak District national park.

Applications are being sought for two independent people to play a key role in the governance of the Peak District National Park Authority.

Under the newly adopted Localism Act the way all local authorities in the country deal with complaints about members of their authorities is changing.

The new rules are being introduced due to the Government’s decision to abolish the Standards Board for England, which previously looked at complaints against members which had already been considered at a local level.

Under the new roles local authorities are being asked to deal with all the standards issues at a local level. A key part of this process is to appoint independent people who will be consulted on decisions to investigate complaints and before any decisions are made on an investigated complaint.

They may also be consulted on standards matters, including by the member who is subject to an allegation.

The authority is advertising for two independent people to carry out the new role.

Applications for the posts can be made until 18 June, with interviews taking place on 22 June. The successful applicants will start their work in July.

They will receive an annual allowance of £849, plus any travel or subsistence expenses.

Full details of the role and application forms can be found at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/independentperson or are available by emailing democraticservices@peakdistrict.gov.uk or ringing 01629 816200.