Are you interested in the democratic process? Would you like to be involved in boundary reviews as a Commissioner for Boundaries Scotland over the next four years?
Boundaries Scotland is currently looking for a Commissioner. The Commission is made up of a Chair, Deputy Chair and four Commissioners. If you are looking for an opportunity to help safeguard the fairness of democracy in Scotland then we would like to hear from you.
Boundaries Scotland is an independent Commission sponsored and funded by the Scottish Government. The Commission is responsible for carrying out reviews of constituencies and regions for the Scottish Parliament and reviewing the number of wards and councillors for local councils. To ensure fair representation of voters by Members of the Scottish Parliament and councillors, electoral boundaries require to be reviewed periodically as the number of people living in an area can change.
Applications are encouraged from people with an interest in Scotland’s democracy, geography, topography, demography and socio-economic characteristics. The role requires the ability to work within legislative frameworks to apply that knowledge in the practical context of boundary reviews. The Commissioner will be responsible working on reviews of Scottish Parliament and local government boundaries. Changes to boundaries are made through legislation and when reviews are completed proposals are taken to the Scottish Parliament for approval.
The Commission would particularly welcome application from those with understanding of the law and legal processes, working knowledge and understanding of the Scottish local government and/or understanding of the Scottish political landscape.
You may be suited to be a Commissioner even if you have not had any previous involvement in boundaries.
Boundaries Scotland wants to be representative of the people of Scotland and welcome applications from women, LGBT+ people, young people, disabled people and those from minority ethnic communities. We also encourage candidates from a range of geographic regions in Scotland to apply.
The successful applicant must be able to demonstrate the following:
Remuneration and time commitment
This appointment is part time and requires a commitment of up to 2 days per month to support Commission meetings.
The appointment is non-pensionable and attracts a fee of £219 for every day of not less than 7.5 hours on a pro rata basis. Reasonable travel, subsistence, childcare and dependant carer expenses incurred as a result of carrying out this role will be reimbursed.