Communities and Local Government Committee: Press Notice

Session 2006-07  21 February 2007


The Communities and Local Government Committee is looking to expand the pool of those on whom it may call for expert advice and assistance with committee inquiries.

The cross-party Committee is established by the House of Commons to scrutinise the policy, administration and expenditure of the Department for Communities and Local Government, its agencies and associated public bodies.

Specialist Advisers work on an ad hoc, part-time, basis subject to the Committee’s requirements and individual availability. They are rarely asked to provide more than a few hours work per week, for the duration of an inquiry, and hours are always subject to agreement in advance.

Advisers may be asked to assist Committees by: commissioning and analysing evidence; drafting committee papers; and by advising the Chair and Committee on their area of expertise either formally or informally.    While most work is carried out remotely, attendance at relevant private and public meetings at Westminster may be required.  Advisers are paid an hourly rate (in the range £110 - £250) per day plus travel expenses where these arise. 

Individuals wishing to be considered for appointment as Specialist Advisers should have substantial relevant experience in one or more policy areas within the remit of the DCLG.  The Committee is particularly keen to receive expressions of interest from those with experience in the policy areas which were added to the Departmental brief in May 2006. These include:

• Community cohesion;

• Race relations;

• Equality including equalities issues relating to religion, race, gender, and sexual orientation;

• Civil renewal

The Committee will also continue to welcome expressions of interest from those with substantial relevant experience in the following areas:

• Housing;

• Housing and/or planning law;

• Local government, including local government finance;

• Neighbourhood renewal;

• Planning;

• Regeneration;

• Regional government;

• Fire and/or resilience;

• Social exclusion;

• Sustainable communities; and

• Urban policy

Discretion and the ability to work impartially in a political environment are essential. Academic research and IT skills are desirable.

Expressions of interest are sought from candidates who wish to be considered for appointment during the current Parliamentary Session (ends November 2007).  CVs of applicants will be kept on file.  If the Committee subsequently identifies a need for assistance in an individual’s particular area of expertise, staff may contact the applicant to gain consent for his/her name to be shortlisted for consideration by the Committee.  CVs should be no more than three sides in length with full contact details attached.

CVs should be sent to Mr Ian Hook, Committee Assistant, Communities and Local Government Committee, 7 Millbank London SW1P 3JA or e-mailed to mailto:

The Committee welcomes applications from individuals with disabilities or ethnic minority backgrounds.

For further information please contact Jessica Mulley or Elizabeth Hunt on 020 7219 3927.

Notes for editors:

1. The membership of the Communities and Local Government Committee is as follows: Dr Phyllis Starkey MP (Chair, Lab), Sir Paul Beresford MP (Con), Mr Clive Betts MP (Lab),  John Cummings MP (Lab), Martin Horwood MP (Lib Dem), Mr Greg Hands MP (Con), Anne Main MP (Con), Mr Bill Olner MP (Lab), Dr John Pugh MP (Lib Dem), Emily Thornberry MP (Lab), David Wright MP (Lab).

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