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Could you be the voice of independence?

Surrey Heath Borough Council has an opportunity for an Independent Person to help maintain high standards of conduct by its elected Councillors and co-opted Members.

The council has developed a Code of Conduct setting out the key obligations of its elected office. The views of the Independent Person would be sought should a complaint be made that a Member failed to comply with the code. Their independent view can be sought at any other stage during an investigation, or by a Member against whom an allegation has been made.

The council is looking for someone already involved in the local community, but not politically active within it, and with an interest in Local Government. No professional background is required but it’s important they have the profile and experience the community would recognise and respect in bringing an impartial and informed perspective to the investigation process.

The appointment will be effective until May 2019 with the possibility that the period may be extended. Appropriate training will be given. Although the appointment is unpaid, travel expenses will be paid for by the council.

Having experience in interpreting codes of conduct would be an advantage, as would knowledge of Local Government.

To ensure a truly independent voice in the role, the law rules out anyone who currently is, or has been within the last five years, a Member or co-opted Member of Surrey Heath Borough Council or its associated Parish Councils, or a close friend or relative of any of those persons.

If you wish to discuss this role please call Karen Limmer, Monitoring Officer on 01276 707304, or if you wish to make an application for appointment, please write with your CV and personal statement, to: Karen Limmer, Monitoring Officer, Surrey Heath Borough Council, Surrey Heath House, Knoll Road, Camberley, Surrey GU15 3HD, or email: karen.limmer@surreyheath.gov.uk

The closing date is Friday 26 February at 5pm.

Join the drive and register to vote today

SHBCSurrey Heath Borough Council is encouraging anyone not yet registered to vote to take advantage of National Voter Registration Drive this week and go online now to register.

On Thursday 5 May 2016 voters in Surrey Heath will go to the polls to elect a Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey. Anyone who isn’t registered to vote won’t be able to take part and have their say.

The deadline to register to vote in these elections is Monday 18 April 2016. Whilst there is still time, it’s running out quickly. The good news is that it only takes a few minutes to register online atwww.gov.uk/register-to-vote. It’s a chance to join the thousands of people across the UK being encouraged to register this week.

Karen Whelan, Electoral Registration Officer for Surrey Heath, said:

“Anyone not yet registered to vote should do so as soon as possible so they can have their say on issues that affect their day-to-day lives. I’d urge people living in Surrey Heath to use National Voter Registration Drive to spread the message amongst family and friends that it only takes a few minutes to complete the form and register to vote online.”

Ben Brook, Head of Performance and English Regional Teams at the Electoral Commission, said:

“National Voter Registration Drive exists because it’s important that anyone who’s eligible, but has not yet registered to vote, does so. It’s easy and quick to do online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. Young people, students and people who move frequently are much less likely to be registered to vote so #NVRD is as important as ever.”

All Surrey Heath properties were sent a letter in Autumn 2015 with details of who is currently on the electoral register for that property.

Anyone living at the property who is eligible to vote, but whose name was not on the letter, should register to vote at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

Local residents who do not have access to the internet can get a paper copy of the registration form by contacting the electoral registration office on 01276 707165.

Surrey Heath Councillors kick off first ever eSurgery broadcast over the internet – Video blog

Six councillors from Surrey Heath Borough Council took part in the very first eSurgery which was broadcast live over the internet.

The eSurgery was hosted on the new social network Blab and it is thought to be a world first of the use of this technology by politicians in this way.

Councillors Dan Adams, David Allen, Paul Deach, Josephine & Edward Hawkins and Oliver Lewis took part and it is hoped that other councillors will also participate in the future.

The idea is a very simple one and that is to make local politicians more visible to the communities they serve and make them accessible in a more convenient way for internet enabled residents.

The first eSurgery was for the councillors involved to discuss the concept to pave way for a pilot which will run very soon and will be announced on the Residents Network in due course.

All broadcasts will be recorded and made available like the one below for those who could not watch live.

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Audio Only version

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