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Local Authority Social Services Act 1970

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6The director of social services

(1)A local authority shall appoint an officer, to be known as the director of social services, for the purposes of their social services functions.

(2)Two or more local authorities may, if they consider that the same person can efficiently discharge, for both or all of them, the functions of director of social services, concur in the appointment of a person as director of social services for both or all of those authorities.

(3)The Secretary of State may make regulations prescribing the qualifications requisite for a person's appointment as a local authority's director of social services.

(4)Until the first coming into force of regulations made under subsection (3) above, a local authority shall not appoint, nor concur in the appointment of, a director of social services except after consultation with the Secretary of State ; and—

(a)for the purpose of such consultation an authority shall send to the Secretary of State particulars of the name, age, experience and qualifications of each of the persons from whom a selection is proposed to be made; and

(b)if the Secretary of State is of opinion that any of those persons is not a fit person to be the director of social services, he may give directions prohibiting his appointment.

(5)The director of social services of a local authority shall not, without the approval of the Secretary of State (which may be given either generally or in relation to a particular authority), be employed by that authority in connection with the discharge of any of the authority's functions other than their social services functions.

(6)A local authority which have appointed, or concurred in the appointment of, a director of social services, shall secure the provision of adequate staff for assisting him in the exercise of his functions.

(7)The authority or authorities appointing a director of social services may pay to him such reasonable remuneration as they may determine; and he shall hold office during their pleasure.

(8)Section 41 of the Children Act 1948 (appointment of children's officer) shall cease to have effect.

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