Jun 292018
 

Commissioners - Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland

This is an exciting and challenging time for the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland as it continues its work to review local government electoral boundaries and takes on a new role in reviewing Scottish parliamentary boundaries.

LGBCS is an Advisory Non-departmental Public Body sponsored and wholly funded by the Scottish Government. It is an independent, non-political body created by the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 and is responsible for:

  • carrying out reviews of the boundaries of local authority areas;
  • carrying out reviews of electoral wards for local authorities;
  • responding to requests for reviews of electoral wards or local authority areas; and
  • carrying out reviews of constituencies and regions for the Scottish Parliament.

The Commission has responsibility for making recommendations to Scottish Ministers on local government administrative and electoral boundaries in Scotland, “in the interests of effective and convenient local government.” It completed the 5th Reviews of Electoral Arrangements in May 2016 and will be reviewing 6 authorities containing inhabited islands following the commencement of the Islands (Scotland) l Act 2017. The Commission assumed new responsibilities for review of Scottish Parliament boundaries in May 2017 and is due to complete the next review of constituencies and regions before May 2022.

The Commission meets in Edinburgh and is served by a secretariat provided by civil servants from the Scottish Government.

Further information is available on the Commission's website www.lgbc-scotland.gov.uk.

Membership

The Commission comprises a Chair, Deputy Chair and up to 4 other Commissioners, of which two positions are currently vacant.

The role of Commissioners

Commissioners' main responsibilities include:

  • Attending scheduled and ad hoc Commission meetings, and contributing by reading papers, participating in group discussion, helping to reach a consensus view;
  • Engaging fully in collective consideration of the issues in reaching any recommendations, taking account of the full range of relevant factors, including any guidance or direction issued by the Scottish Government;
  • Representing the Commission to outside parties promoting the Commission's views and improving stakeholders' understanding of the Commission's role;
  • Ensuring that high standards of corporate governance are observed at all times.

Time commitment:

This appointment is part time and requires a commitment of up to 2 days per month to support Commission meetings during a review and a further 6-10 days to undertake other duties on behalf of the Commission such as council visits; meetings with COSLA, Scottish Ministers, Parliamentary Committees and others; or site visits which may be necessary when considering particular boundaries. In addition, there may be an occasional requirement to attend meetings with local groups where a review is taking place – such meetings may take place outside normal office hours.

Length of Term of Appointment

This initial appointment is expected to be for up to 4 years. On the expiry of the appointment, the successful candidate is eligible for reappointment subject to: evidence of effective performance; satisfying the requirements of the person specification for the role at the time of reappointment; and Ministerial approval. The combined length of an appointment cannot exceed eight years.

Remuneration/Expenses: The appointment is non-pensionable and attracts a fee of £219 per meeting. Reasonable travel, subsistence, childcare and dependant carer expenses incurred as a result of carrying out this role will be reimbursed.

The closing date for applications is: Friday 20 July 2018

Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from groups currently under-represented on Scotland's public bodies, such as women, disabled people, ethnic minorities and people aged under 50.

The public appointments process promotes, demonstrates and upholds equality of opportunity for all applicants.

For full information on the appointments, please read the Applicant Information Pack accessed via the link below.
Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality.

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