Apply to be a Co-opted / Independent Member

Do something worthwhile for your local community; apply to be a co-opted / independent member of a council committee.

We are looking for volunteers to serve as:

  • co-opted members on our overview and scrutiny committees
  • an independent member on our audit and governance committee
  • co-opted members on our standards committee

To fulfil these roles you’ll need to be aged 18 or over and able to attend daytime meetings. The term of office is for three years. In return, these interesting and challenging roles will give you a unique insight into local democracy and the opportunity to work with councillors. 

To be eligible for an overview and scrutiny committee you also need to live or work in the Wakefield District. Wakefield Council employees are not eligible to serve on either the Audit and Governance Committee, Standards Committee or any of the overview and scrutiny committees.

Overview and scrutiny committees review local services and make recommendations for improvement to the council and partner organisations.

The Audit and Governance Committee provides independent oversight of the adequacy of the council’s risk management framework, the internal control environment and the integrity of financial reporting and annual governance processes.

The Standards Committee is a key component of the Council’s corporate governance arrangements, its primary function is to advise the Council on discharging its statutory duty under the Localism Act 2011 to promote and maintain high standards of conduct among elected members.

Interested? Then download the information relevant to the role that interests you plus the application form and return your completed application to:

Information for applicants:

Overview and Scrutiny

Audit and Governance

Application Form


The closing date for applications is Friday 11 June 2021.

Contact us

Overview and Scrutiny Office

County Hall

01924 306736/5133