RE: Single Status - Job Evaluation
Our existing SO grades were maintained at JE. We put a lot of team effort into completing our JE forms and getting the individual submissions coherent. The forms themselves certainly didn't look geared toward recognition of the democratic process, so we made sure we got that into the "any other comments" bit. On the basis that it worked for us, here is the opening section of my submission:
"I lead the team which supports the overview/scrutiny element of the Council's democratic decision-making processes (its 'executive arrangements'), working directly with and on behalf of elected councillors and dealing as a matter of routine with senior managers of the County Council and partner organisations, up to and including Directors and Chief Executives. It is inherent in my job that I must be able, with due diplomacy, to ask 'awkward questions' of any of these people.
The Government's Guidance on New Council Constitutions (March 2001) makes clear that:
'To achieve enhanced accountability and transparency of the decision making process, effective overview and scrutiny is essential. Overview and scrutiny committees are the key element of executive arrangements. Their roles should, therefore include both: developing and reviewing policy; and holding the executive to account... To be effective [they] must have effective and properly resourced support from officers.'
The Local Government Act 2000 requires that any decision, service or policy is liable to overview and scrutiny. However, overview/scrutiny is not confined to the examination of the Council's services and may extend its reach to any matter of concern to the people of Devon and to the development of policy proposals. In this way the Overview/Scrutiny function is an important element of the Council's community leadership role."
Now that we have statutory SO role, that ought to help with JE, you'd think.