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PART 1 WSTRENGTHENING LOCAL DEMOCRACY

CHAPTER 1WPROMOTING AND SUPPORTING MEMBERSHIP OF LOCAL AUTHORITIES

Survey of councillors and unsuccessful candidates for election as councillorsW

1Duty to conduct a surveyW

(1)A local authority must, in accordance with regulations under this section, conduct a survey of—

(a)councillors in its area, and

(b)unsuccessful candidates for election to the office of councillor in its area.

(2)A local authority must conduct a survey [F1, or arrange for the conduct of a survey, in relation to] each ordinary election to—

(a)the council of the county or county borough, and

(b)a community council in the local authority's area.

(3)The survey must be conducted by—

(a)asking prescribed questions in any prescribed form or manner, and

(b)collating the information in any prescribed form or manner.

[F2(3A)A survey in the case of an ordinary election may be conducted—

(a)entirely after the ordinary election, or

(b)by asking the candidates for election to the office of councillor to answer the prescribed questions before the ordinary election and collating the information provided afterwards.]

(4)The questions that may be prescribed under subsection (3) include (but are not limited to) questions about the individual to whom they are addressed which relate to—

(a)gender;

(b)sexual orientation;

(c)language;

(d)race;

(e)age;

(f)disability;

(g)religion or belief;

(h)health;

(i)education and qualifications;

(j)employment;

(k)work as a councillor.

(5)Nothing in this section places a duty on [F3any individual] to provide any information.

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(7)section—

Textual Amendments

Commencement Information

I1S. 1 in force at 31.8.2011 by S.I. 2011/2011, art. 2(a)

2Completion of a survey and publication of informationW

(1)A local authority must complete its survey and provide the information collated in it to the Welsh Ministers within six months of the date of the ordinary election to which it relates.

(2)A local authority must provide the information in any prescribed form or manner.

(3)A local authority may publish the information collated in a survey in such manner as it considers appropriate, subject to subsection (6).

(4)The Welsh Ministers must—

(a)collate the information they receive from local authorities under this section, and

(b)publish it within twelve months of the date of the ordinary election to which it relates.

(5)The Welsh Ministers may—

(a)publish information under subsection (4)(b) in such manner as they consider appropriate, subject to subsection (6);

(b)share any information provided to them under subsection (1) with any body representing the interests of county, county borough or community councils in Wales.

(6)No information received under section 1 or this section is to be published or shared in any form that, either by itself or in combination with any other information, identifies any individual to whom it relates or enables that individual to be identified.

Commencement Information

I2S. 2 in force at 31.8.2011 by S.I. 2011/2011, art. 2(a)

3Guidance about surveysW

In exercising its functions under sections 1 and 2, a local authority must have regard to guidance given by the Welsh Ministers.

Commencement Information

I3S. 3 in force at 31.8.2011 by S.I. 2011/2011, art. 2(a)