Become a voluntary co-optee and help council decision making

Scrutiny co-optee needed

Do you want to help make sure that the Council’s decision making is transparent, accountable and open? Could you bring a different perspective to the table, using your own knowledge and skills? If so, you may be interested in becoming a voluntary co-optee, working with our Scrutiny team.

What is scrutiny?

Scrutiny is an essential element of ensuring that the Council’s decision-making is transparent, accountable and open, bringing a different perspective to the table and giving the opportunity for a broader range of members to make a contribution to the work of the Council.

What is a voluntary co-optee?

A co-optee is someone who is interested in scrutinising decisions and policies that are being made by the Council and key partners. Co-optees bring their own knowledge and skills and are considered to be a valuable asset to the work of scrutiny.

How do voluntary Scrutiny co-optees benefit?

Voluntary Scrutiny co-optees will develop their skill set, gaining experience and knowledge of working with elected members and council officers, and a better understanding of how council decision making works and the processes behind it.

Skills we are looking for:

  • Effective communication skills, particularly listening and questioning skills
  • The ability to look at issues from a broad perspective across Kirklees and beyond
  • The ability to work as a team with other panel members and council officers
  • The ability to weigh up information to reach conclusions and recommend actions
  • The ability to not pre-judge outcomes or show bias, for example, party political bias.
  • A good level of IT skills

Choose to get involved in one of our 4 scrutiny panels

  • Children’s
  • Corporate
  • Economy and Neighbourhoods
  • Health and Adult Social Care

Who can apply?

You can apply to be a co-optee if you are:

  • 18 years and over
  • A resident in Kirklees
  • Interested in local and community issues
  • Interested in local government and public service
  • Interested in shaping how the Council and its partners deliver services to meet the needs of residents of Kirklees.

Apply now

Find out more information and apply