Section 20: Interpretation of Chapter
54.This section defines terms used throughout Chapter 4 of Part 1. A “permitted authority” is defined as a county council in England, a district council, an economic prosperity board (established under section 88 of the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009) or a combined authority (established under section 103 of the same Act). Only functions that fall within the definition of “local public function” may be subject to a transfer order under section 15. This is defined in section 20, in relation to a permitted authority, as a function of a public authority in so far as it relates to the permitted authority’s area or persons living, working or carrying on activities in that area, and which does not consist of a power to make regulations or other instruments of a legislative character. For these purposes, “public authority” includes a Minister of the Crown or a government department.