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The Family Absence for Members of Local Authorities (Wales) Regulations 2013

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38.—(1) A member on maternity absence or parental absence may, subject to paragraphs (2) to (6),—

(a)attend particular meetings;

(b)attend particular descriptions of meetings;

(c)perform particular duties; or

(d)perform duties of a particular description.

(2) The member must obtain the permission of the chair of the local authority, or where a local authority has elected a presiding member, the presiding member, before attending any meeting or performing any duty.

(3) The chair of the local authority, or where a local authority has elected a presiding member, the presiding member, must inform the leaders of each political group of the local authority before granting permission under paragraph (2).

(4) A member may complain in writing to the head of democratic services regarding a refusal under paragraph (2).

(5) The head of democratic services must refer a complaint under paragraph (4) to the chair of the local authority, or where a local authority has elected a presiding member, to the presiding member.

(6) A panel constituted in accordance with these Regulations must determine a complaint made under paragraph (4).

(7) The panel may—

(a)confirm the decision of the chair of the local authority, or where a local authority has elected a presiding member, the decision of the presiding member, under paragraph (2); or

(b)substitute its own decision as to the member attending any meeting or performing any duty.

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