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This Order brings into force on 31st January 2008, 31st March 2008 or 1st April 2008, as the case may be, various provisions of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 (“the Act”) as described below.
Part 8 —
The provisions in Part 8 that are commenced by this Order—
provide for changes to the name and composition of the Audit Commission, its powers and duties and the transfer to it of the Benefit Fraud Inspectorate;
make minor changes to the powers and duties of the Auditor General for Wales; and
make changes to the audit regime set out in the Audit Commission Act 1998 and to the disclosure of information by the Commission, the Auditor General and auditors appointed by them.
Part 10 —
Section 183(4) to (6) is commenced in relation to Wales only. The other provisions of section 183 that are commenced apply to both England and Wales. Section 183 amends provisions in the Local Government Act 2000 (“the 2000 Act”) which set out conduct which may be covered by a code of conduct for local authority members. The partial commencement in England and Wales amends the power of the Secretary of State to make orders as to general principles, model codes of conduct and in respect of codes of conduct adopted by relevant authorities. The commencement of section 183(4) to (6) brings the new arrangements for codes of conduct into force in Wales only.
Section 184 amends sections 37, 52 and 54 of the 2000 Act to provide that certain references to an authority’s code of conduct include reference to the mandatory provisions applicable for the time being to the members and co-opted members of the authority.
The partial commencement of section 185 enables the Secretary of State to make regulations in relation to allegations made to standards committees of relevant authorities that members or co-opted members (or former members or co-opted members) of those authorities have failed, or may have failed to comply with their authority’s code of conduct.
Section 187 amends section 53(4) of the 2000 Act and has the effect of requiring the persons chairing standards committees to be persons who are not members or officers of any relevant authority.
Sections 188 and 189 make provision in respect of sub-committees of standards committees of relevant authorities and enable two or more relevant authorities to establish a joint committee to exercise functions of the standards committee of any (or each) of the authorities.
Section 190 adds to the functions of the Standards Board for England to enable it to issue guidance to ethical standards officers and to do such things as are calculated to facilitate, or are incidental or conducive to the exercise of the functions of standards committees and monitoring officers of relevant authorities in England.
Sections 191 and 192 deal with ethical standards officers’ power to investigate misconduct allegations and make provision in respect of such officers’ reports. The saving contained in article 7(3) of this Order preserves the existing legal framework in respect of cases referred to the Standards Board for England before 1st April 2008.
Sections 193 to 196 amend the powers and functions of monitoring officers and standards committees; they are consequential to the conferring on standards committees of the new function of the initial assessment of allegations of misconduct against members of relevant authorities.
The partial commencement of section 198 enables the Secretary of State to make regulations relating to the powers and conduct of English case tribunals.
Section 200 amends the Data Protection Act 1998 (c.29) by adding to the list of exemptions contained in section 31 of that Act.
Section 201 makes supplementary provision relevant to provisions of Part 3 of the 2000 Act and consequential amendments to the Local Government Act 1972 (c. 70), the Audit Commission Act 1998 (c. 18) and the Greater London Authority Act 1999 (c. 29).
Section 202, which amends section 3 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 (c. 42) (“the 1989 Act”) and inserts sections 3A and 3B, has the effect of transferring the function of granting exemptions from political restriction on members of relevant authorities in England from an Independent Adjudicator appointed by the Secretary of State to the standards committees of relevant authorities. It also empowers the Secretary of State to make regulations requiring an authority which is not a relevant authority, and consequently not required to have a standards committee, to establish such a committee to exercise the functions of granting and supervising exemptions from political restriction. The section also provides for the Secretary of State to issue general guidance with regard to a committee’s role in making decisions on political restriction.
Section 203 makes amendments in consequence of the insertion by section 202 of new sections 3A and 3B of the 1989 Act.
Section 204 enables the Secretary of State to limit the pay of political assistants by order under section 9(4)(a) of the 1989 Act by specifying a point on a relevant scale instead of an amount.
Part 14 —
Section 225 requires the Secretary of State to make regulations imposing a duty on services-providers to allow authorised representatives of local involvement networks to enter and view services-providers’ premises owned or controlled by services-providers, and observe the carrying-on of activities on those premises. (Definitions of “authorised representative”, “local involvement network” and “services-provider” are given in subsections (5) to (7) of section 225.)
Section 229 defines “local authority” for the purposes of sections 221 to 228 of the Act and gives the Secretary of State the power, when making regulations under those sections, to make incidental, supplementary, consequential, transitory or transitional provisions or savings.
Part 16 —
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