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Chair - Scottish Fuel Poverty Advisory Panel

Reference:3959 

Remuneration:£208 per day 

Location:Various locations throughout Scotland 

Closing date:16 August 2021 at midday 

Scottish Fuel Poverty Advisory Panel Chair Recruitment 2021


Are you looking for a new challenge? Do you want to be at the forefront of tackling fuel poverty in Scotland? If so, we have exciting opportunities for the right people to join a new advisory public body, the statutory Scottish Fuel Poverty Advisory Panel and influence policy across Scotland to reduce fuel poverty.


Scottish Ministers are looking to appoint a Chair and up to five Members to the Panel. We would welcome applications from those who believe that they can make a positive and confident contribution to the Scottish Fuel Poverty Advisory Panel and its strategic development.


Scottish Fuel Poverty Advisory Panel


The Scottish Fuel Poverty Advisory Panel (the Panel) will be a new advisory Public Body and will contribute to policy development to tackle both fuel poverty and extreme fuel poverty in Scotland, working closely with a range of stakeholders to do so.  The Panel will be formally set up as a new public body, as required by the Fuel Poverty (Targets Definition and Strategy) Act (Scotland) 2019.  The body replaces the existing non-statutory Scottish Fuel Poverty Advisory Panel, appointed in April 2018.


The Panel will collectively hold the Scottish Government to account on their progress in tackling the four drivers of fuel poverty: poor energy efficiency of the home; low household income; high fuel costs; and how energy is used in the home. It also has a lead role in considering the impacts of actions by others on fuel poverty in Scotland, providing constructive challenge as appropriate. Across the Panel’s work, it will seek to influence stakeholders effectively to deliver change.


Appointments


We are seeking to appoint a Chair and up to five Panel Members to create the first Scottish Fuel Poverty Advisory Panel. The Fuel Poverty (Targets, Definitions and Strategy) Act 2019 (the 2019 Act) set outs that collectively the Panel must have the following knowledge and experience:



  • Experience in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of policy relating to fuel poverty,

  • Experience in academic research in connection with fuel poverty,

  • Experience working with persons who experience fuel poverty, and

  • Experience of living in fuel poverty.


This advert is for the Chair of the Panel.  Those interested in applying for the role of  member of the Panel can access the advert here.


Applications are invited from those who have an interest in public service and are committed to the work of the Scottish Fuel Poverty Advisory Panel.  Scottish Ministers are especially keen to attract applicants from groups currently under-represented on Scotland’s public bodies but who understand the barriers to entry and progression through lived experience, such as women, disabled people, ethnic minorities and people aged under 50.  


Full details of the criteria to be met for each position are contained in the person specification, which forms part of the application pack. The application pack and full details on this post can be found via the link below.


Remuneration 


The role of the Chair will be remunerated at the gross daily rate of £208.  The Chair will also receive reimbursement for reasonable travel expenses and reasonable child care/carer costs incurred whilst undertaking Panel duties.


Time commitment


At present, it is expected the time commitment will be up to 15 days per year for the Chair.  As the Scottish Fuel Poverty Advisory Panel is a brand new public body, it is expected that the time commitment will be greater in the first six to twelve months while operational practices are developed and implemented.  There may also be periods going forward when pressures of business can require additional time.


Appointment details


The initial appointment is for up to four years with the possibility of reappointment subject to evidence of effective performance and satisfying the skills and knowledge required at the time of reappointment and beyond.  Any appointment and subsequent reappointment will not extend beyond a maximum of eight years in total.


Location


Due to Covid-19 restrictions, meetings are currently planned to take place virtually. However, in the future, the expectation is that the work is likely to be a blend of virtual and physical meetings. This will be for the Panel to decide based on the needs and location of members.


A virtual awareness event will take place at 2:30pm on Thursday 5 August.  This will be an opportunity for interested applicants to hear more about the Scottish Government’s approach to tackling fuel poverty, the role of the Scottish Fuel Poverty Advisory Panel and the selection process. To register your interest in attending this event, please email SFPAP@gov.scot


Accessibility to public appointments is a fundamental requirement and the public appointments process promotes, demonstrates and upholds equality of opportunity for all applicants.  The Scottish Government will always give consideration to disability-related reasonable adjustments that an applicant might request to enable them to demonstrate their merit and participate fully in the selection process.  If you require any of the application pack documentation in an alternative format, please contact 0300 244 1898 or public.appointments@gov.scot.


The closing date for applications is: 16 August 2021 at midday.


Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality.

Application Information

Please apply online.  If you experience any difficulties accessing our website, or in the event that you require a word version of the application form, please contact the Public Appointments Team on 0300 244 1898 or by email at PA_Applications_Mailbox@gov.scot

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