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Local Government (Democracy) (Wales) Act 2013

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  1. Introduction

  2. Commentary on Sections

    1. Part 1 - Introduction

      1. Section 1 – Overview

    2. Part 2 - Local Democracy and Boundary Commission for Wales

      1. Section 2 – Local Democracy and Boundary Commission for Wales

      2. Section 3 – Status

      3. Sections 4 and 5 – Membership; Tenure

      4. Sections 6 and 7 – Proceedings; Seal and validity of documents

      5. Section 8 – Chief executive

      6. Section 9 – Other staff

      7. Section 10 – Experts

      8. Section 11 – Assistant commissioners

      9. Sections 12 to 14 – Powers; Delegation; Directions

      10. Section 15 – Funding

      11. Section 16 – Accounting officer

      12. Sections 17 to 20 – Audit committee; Audit committee: membership; Accounts and external audit; Annual reports

    3. Part 3Arrangements for local government

      1. Section 21 – Duty of the Commission to monitor arrangements for local government

      2. Section 22 – Duty of principal councils in relation to area

      3. Section 23 – Review of principal area boundaries

      4. Section 24 – Review of principal areas following new town order

      5. Section 25 – Review of community boundaries by principal council

      6. Section 26 – Review of community boundaries by the Commission

      7. Section 27 – Review of preserved counties

      8. Section 28 – Review of seaward boundaries

      9. Section 29 – Review of electoral arrangements for principal area

      10. Section 30 – Considerations for a review of principal area electoral arrangements

      11. Sections 31 and 32 – Review of electoral arrangements for community by principal council; Review of electoral arrangements for community by the Commission

      12. Section 33 – Consideration for a review of community electoral arrangements

      13. Chapter 4 - Procedure for local government reviews

        1. Section 34 – Pre-review procedure

        2. Section 35 – Consultation and investigation

        3. Section 36 – Reporting on review

        4. Section 37 – Implementation by the Welsh Ministers

        5. Section 38 – Implementation of community boundary change

        6. Section 39 – Implementation of community electoral arrangements change

        7. Section 40 – Implementation orders: consequential provision

        8. Section 41 – General consequential and transitional provision

        9. Section 42 – Transfers of staff

        10. Section 43 – Variation and revocation of orders

        11. Section 44 – Transitional agreements as to property and finance

        12. Section 45 – Police area change

        13. Section 46 – Extent of seaward boundaries

        14. Section 47 – Boundary change following the alteration of water-course

        15. Section 48 – Directions and guidance relating to Part 3

        16. Section 49 – Local inquiries

    4. Part 4 - Reviews of public body membership

      1. Section 50 – Reviews of qualifying public bodies

    5. Part 5 - Other changes to local government

      1. Section 51 – Presiding member of principal council

      2. Sections 52 to 54 – Private Bills

      3. Sections 55 to 57 – Community council websites; Requirement to give public notices electronically; Meetings and proceedings of communities

      4. Section 58 – Registers of members’ interests

      5. Section 59 – Remote attendance at meetings of principal councils

      6. Section 60 – Democratic services committees

      7. Section 61 – Audit committees

      8. Section 62 – Functions relating to payments to members

      9. Section 63 – Functions relating to salaries of heads of paid service

      10. Section 64 – Relevant authorities

      11. Section 65 – Subsequent annual reports

      12. Section 66 – Consultation on draft reports

      13. Section 67 – Publicity requirements in reports

      14. Section 68 – Joint standards committees

      15. Section 69 – Referral of cases relating to conduct

    6. Part 6 - Miscellaneous and general provision

    7. Schedule 1

    8. Schedule 2

  3. Record of Proceedings in National Assembly for Wales

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