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  1. Introductory Text

  2. PART 1 ELECTIONS

    1. Overview of Part

      1. 1.Overview

    2. Right to vote in local government elections

      1. 2.Extension of right to vote in local government elections

      2. 3.Transitional provision

      3. 4.Duty to promote awareness and provide assistance

    3. Voting systems for elections to principal councils

      1. 5.Two voting systems

      2. 6.Key definitions

      3. 7.The voting system that applies

      4. 8.Power to change the voting system

      5. 9.Resolutions to exercise the power to change the voting system

      6. 10.Duty to notify when resolution passed

      7. 11.Initial review by the Local Democracy and Boundary Commission

      8. 12.Restriction on number of councillors if single transferable vote system applies

      9. 13.Rules about the conduct of local elections in Wales

    4. Electoral cycles

      1. 14.Change of electoral cycle for principal councils from four years to five years

      2. 15.Change of electoral cycle for community councils from four years to five years

      3. 16.Change of electoral cycle for elected mayors from four years to five years

      4. 17.Extension of power to change ordinary day of local elections in Wales

    5. Registration of local government electors

      1. 18.Registration of local government electors without application

    6. Qualification for membership of a local authority

      1. 19.Qualification for election and holding office as a member of a local authority in Wales

    7. Disqualification of members of local authorities

      1. 20.Disqualification for election and being a member of a local authority

      2. 21.Disqualification of member of a local authority in Wales for appointment to paid office

    8. Documents at local government elections

      1. 22.Translations etc. of documents at local government elections in Wales

    9. General

      1. 23.Minor and consequential amendments

  3. PART 2 GENERAL POWER OF COMPETENCE

    1. CHAPTER 1 THE GENERAL POWER

      1. 24.Local authority's general power of competence

      2. 25.Boundaries of the general power

      3. 26.Limits on charging in exercise of general power

      4. 27.Limits on doing things for commercial purpose in exercise of general power

      5. 28.Powers to make supplementary provision

      6. 29.Amendments relating to this Chapter

    2. CHAPTER 2 ELIGIBLE COMMUNITY COUNCILS

      1. 30.Becoming an eligible community council

      2. 31.Continuing to be an eligible community council

      3. 32.Ceasing to be an eligible community council

      4. 33.Community councils that cease to be eligible: exercise of general power of competence

      5. 34.Common community councils established after this Act is passed

      6. 35.Power to amend or modify this Chapter

      7. 36.Guidance on exercise of functions under this Chapter

      8. 37.Amendments relating to this Chapter

  4. PART 3 PROMOTING ACCESS TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT

    1. CHAPTER 1 OVERVIEW OF PART

      1. 38.Overview

    2. CHAPTER 2 PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN DECISION-MAKING BY PRINCIPAL COUNCILS

      1. Principal councils' duty to encourage participation in local government

        1. 39.Duty to encourage local people to participate in decision-making by principal councils

        2. 40.Strategy on encouraging participation

        3. 41.Public participation strategy: consultation and review

      2. Principal council's petition scheme

        1. 42.Duty to make petition scheme

      3. Addresses of members of principal councils

        1. 43.Duty on principal councils to publish official addresses

      4. Guidance

        1. 44.Guidance on exercise of functions under this Chapter

    3. CHAPTER 3 CONSTITUTION GUIDES

      1. 45.Principal councils' duty to publish constitution and constitution guide

    4. CHAPTER 4 LOCAL GOVERNMENT MEETINGS

      1. 46.Electronic broadcasts of meetings of certain local authorities

      2. 47.Attendance at local authority meetings

      3. 48.Participation at meetings of community councils

      4. 49.Notices etc. of local authority meetings

      5. 50.Regulations about conduct of local authority meetings, documents relating to meetings and publication of information

      6. 51.Regulations about community meetings

    5. CHAPTER 5 ANNUAL REPORTS BY COMMUNITY COUNCILS

      1. 52.Annual reports by community councils

  5. PART 4 LOCAL AUTHORITY EXECUTIVES, MEMBERS, OFFICERS AND COMMITTEES

    1. Overview of Part

      1. 53.Overview

    2. Chief executives

      1. 54.Chief executives

      2. 55.Replacement of references to “salary” in section 143A of the 2011 Measure

      3. 56.Reconsideration of remuneration following direction by the Welsh Ministers

    3. Executives of principal councils

      1. 57.Appointment of assistants to executive

      2. 58.Job-sharing: executive leaders and executive members

      3. 59.Content of, and duty to have regard to, guidance under section 38 of the 2000 Act

    4. Entitlement of members to job-share and to family absence

      1. 60.Job-sharing: non-executive offices in principal councils

      2. 61.Family absence for members of local authorities

    5. Conduct of members

      1. 62.Duties of leaders of political groups in relation to standards of conduct

      2. 63.Duty of standards committee to make annual report

      3. 64.Certain investigations by the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales

    6. Overview and scrutiny committees

      1. 65.Making information available to overview and scrutiny committees

      2. 66.Power to require authorities to appoint joint overview and scrutiny committees

    7. Training of members and staff of community councils

      1. 67.Community council training plans

  6. PART 5 COLLABORATIVE WORKING BY PRINCIPAL COUNCILS

    1. CHAPTER 1 TERMS USED IN PART

      1. 68.Terms used in Part

    2. CHAPTER 2 GUIDANCE ABOUT COLLABORATIVE WORKING

      1. 69.Guidance about collaborative working

    3. CHAPTER 3 ESTABLISHING CORPORATE JOINT COMMITTEES where request has been made

      1. Applications to establish a corporate joint committee

        1. 70.Application by principal councils to establish a corporate joint committee

        2. 71.Consultation before making joint committee application

      2. Requested joint committee regulations

        1. 72.Requested joint committee regulations

        2. 73.Conditions to be met before making requested joint committee regulations

    4. CHAPTER 4 ESTABLISHING CORPORATE JOINT COMMITTEES WHERE NO REQUEST HAS BEEN MADE

      1. 74.Joint committee regulations where no request has been made

      2. 75.Conditions to be met before making regulations under section 74

    5. CHAPTER 5 FURTHER PROVISION RELATING TO CORPORATE JOINT COMMITTEES AND JOINT COMMITTEE REGULATIONS

      1. Promotion and improvement of economic well-being

        1. 76.Economic well-being function

      2. Provision in joint committee regulations

        1. 77.Provision that may or must be included in joint committee regulations

      3. Amendment and revocation of joint committee regulations

        1. 78.Application by principal councils to amend or revoke joint committee regulations

        2. 79.Further provision in relation to applications

        3. 80.Amendment and revocation of joint committee regulations

        4. 81.Conditions to be met before amending joint committee regulations: application required from principal councils

        5. 82.Conditions to be met before amending or revoking joint committee regulations: no application required from principal councils

      4. Supplementary etc. provision in and in relation to joint committee regulations

        1. 83.Supplementary etc. provision in certain regulations under this Part

        2. 84.Power of the Welsh Ministers to amend, repeal etc. enactments

      5. Functions of and relating to corporate joint committees and principal councils

        1. 85.Requirement to provide information etc.

        2. 86.Guidance

        3. 87.Exercise by principal councils of functions under this Part

      6. Amendments of other enactments

        1. 88.Amendments relating to strategic planning and joint transport authorities

  7. PART 6 PERFORMANCE AND GOVERNANCE OF PRINCIPAL COUNCILS

    1. CHAPTER 1 PERFORMANCE, PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENTS AND INTERVENTION

      1. Performance

        1. 89.Duty of principal council to keep its performance under review

        2. 90.Duty to consult local people etc. on performance

      2. Self-assessments of performance

        1. 91.Duty of principal council to report on its performance

      3. Panel assessments of performance

        1. 92.Duty of principal council to arrange panel performance assessment

        2. 93.Duty of principal council to respond to report of panel performance assessment

        3. 94.Panel performance assessments: supplementary regulations

      4. Special inspections by Auditor General for Wales

        1. 95.Power of Auditor General to carry out a special inspection

        2. 96.Duty of principal council to respond to Auditor General's recommendations

        3. 97.Duty of the Welsh Ministers to respond to Auditor General's recommendations

        4. 98.Auditor General's powers of entry and inspection etc.

        5. 99.Auditor General's powers of entry and inspection etc.: notice and evidence of identity

        6. 100.Auditor General's powers of entry and inspection etc.: offences

        7. 101.Auditor General's fees

      5. Support and assistance with improving performance

        1. 102.Support and assistance by the Welsh Ministers

        2. 103.Direction to a principal council to provide support and assistance

      6. Intervention by the Welsh Ministers

        1. 104.Powers of the Welsh Ministers to intervene

        2. 105.Direction to co-operate with provision of support and assistance

        3. 106.Direction to take or not to take etc. a specified step

        4. 107.Direction that a function be performed by the Welsh Ministers or their nominee

      7. Supplementary

        1. 108.Exercise of functions under this Chapter

        2. 109.Power of the Welsh Ministers to add to list of persons to whom reports etc. must be sent

        3. 110.Power of the Welsh Ministers to amend etc. enactments and confer new powers

        4. 111.Guidance

        5. 112.Interpretation

      8. Amendment of other enactments

        1. 113.Disapplication of the 2009 Measure in relation to principal councils and repeal of provisions about coordination of audit

        2. 114.Amendment of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015

      9. Governance and audit committees of principal councils

        1. 115.New name and functions of audit committees

    2. CHAPTER 2 GOVERNANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEES: MEMBERSHIP AND PROCEEDINGS

      1. 116.Membership of governance and audit committee

      2. 117.Meaning of lay person

      3. 118.Proceedings etc.

    3. CHAPTER 3 COORDINATION BETWEEN REGULATORS

      1. 119.Coordination between regulators

      2. 120.“Relevant regulators” and “relevant functions”

  8. PART 7 MERGERS AND RESTRUCTURING OF PRINCIPAL AREAS

    1. CHAPTER 1 VOLUNTARY MERGERS OF PRINCIPAL AREAS

      1. Applications for mergers

        1. 121.Merger applications

        2. 122.Consultation before making merger application

        3. 123.Guidance about merger applications

      2. Merger regulations

        1. 124.Merger regulations

        2. 125.Shadow councils and shadow executives

        3. 126.Voting system

        4. 127.Elections

      3. Facilitating mergers

        1. 128.Duties of merging councils to facilitate transfer

    2. CHAPTER 2 RESTRUCTURING OF PRINCIPAL AREAS

      1. Conditions to be met

        1. 129.Conditions to be met before making restructuring regulations

      2. Abolition requests

        1. 130.Abolition requests

      3. Restructuring regulations

        1. 131.Restructuring regulations

        2. 132.Restructuring regulations which provide for part of a principal area to become part of another existing principal area

        3. 133.Restructuring regulations which constitute a new principal area

        4. 134.Restructuring regulations: supplementary

      4. Facilitating restructuring

        1. 135.Duties of restructuring councils to facilitate transfer

    3. CHAPTER 3 FUNCTIONS RELATING TO MERGERS AND RESTRUCTURING

      1. 136.Transition committees

      2. 137.Restraint of transactions and recruitment

      3. 138.Reviews of electoral arrangements

      4. 139.Prohibition of changes to executive arrangements

      5. 140.Requirement on principal councils to provide information etc. to the Welsh Ministers

      6. 141.Requirement on principal councils to provide information etc. to other bodies

    4. CHAPTER 4 REMUNERATION ARRANGEMENTS FOR NEW PRINCIPAL COUNCILS

      1. 142.Directions to Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales

      2. 143.Reports of Panel relating to shadow councils and new principal councils

      3. 144.Guidance to Panel

      4. 145.Pay policy statements

    5. CHAPTER 5 SUPPLEMENTARY

      1. 146.Guidance

      2. 147.Other consequential etc. provision

      3. 148.Initial procedure for restructuring regulations

      4. 149.Terms used in this Part

      5. 150.Repeals of other enactments

  9. PART 8 LOCAL GOVERNMENT FINANCE

    1. Non-domestic rating

      1. 151.Powers of billing authorities to require the supply of information relating to hereditaments

      2. 152.Requirement to supply to billing authorities information relevant to determining liability to non-domestic rates

      3. 153.Powers of billing authorities to inspect properties

      4. 154.Multipliers

      5. 155.Amendment of Chapter 3 of Part 5 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988

    2. Council tax

      1. 156.Joint and several liability to pay council tax

      2. 157.Removal of power to provide for imprisonment of council tax debtors

      3. 158.Procedure for certain regulations and orders made under the Local Government Finance Act 1992

  10. PART 9 MISCELLANEOUS

    1. Information sharing

      1. 159.Information sharing between regulators, the Auditor General for Wales and the Welsh Ministers

      2. 160.Amendment of the Public Audit (Wales) Act 2004 consequential on section 159

    2. Head of democratic services

      1. 161.Head of democratic services

    3. Polls consequent on community meetings

      1. 162.Abolition of polls consequent on a community meeting

    4. Local Democracy and Boundary Commission

      1. 163.Appointment by Local Democracy and Boundary Commission of its chief executive

      2. 164.Directions under section 48 of the 2013 Act

    5. Public services boards

      1. 165.Merging and demerging public services boards under the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015

    6. Fire and rescue authorities

      1. 166. Combined fire and rescue authorities: inquiries

      2. 167.Performance and governance of fire and rescue authorities

      3. 168.Fire and rescue authorities: disapplication of the 2009 Measure

    7. National Park authorities

      1. 169.National Park authorities: disapplication of the 2009 Measure

    8. Local Government (Wales) Measure 2009

      1. 170.Repeal of the 2009 Measure

  11. PART 10 GENERAL

    1. 171.Interpretation

    2. 172.Directions

    3. 173.Power to make consequential and transitional provision etc.

    4. 174.Regulations under this Act

    5. 175.Coming into force

    6. 176.Short title

    1. SCHEDULE 1

      Initial reviews of electoral arrangements etc.

      1. Initial reviews

        1. 1.(1) For the purposes of this Act, an “initial review”...

      2. “Area under review”

        1. 2.(1) In this Schedule, “area under review” is to be...

      3. Other terms used in this Schedule

        1. 3.(1) In this Schedule— “electoral arrangements” (“trefniadau etholiadol”) means— in...

      4. Directions and guidance to Commission

        1. 4.(1) A direction under section 11 or 138 must specify...

      5. Conduct of initial review

        1. 5.(1) The Commission, in considering the electoral arrangements for an...

      6. Pre-review procedure

        1. 6.(1) Before conducting an initial review, the Commission must take...

      7. Investigation and interim report

        1. 7.(1) In conducting an initial review, the Commission must carry...

      8. Final report

        1. 8.(1) After the period for representations under paragraph 7(3) has...

      9. Power to make regulations where recommendations are made

        1. 9.(1) After receiving a final report under paragraph 8 containing...

      10. Power to make regulations where no recommendations are made

        1. 10.(1) If the Commission has not submitted a final report...

      11. Regulations under paragraph 9 or 10: supplementary

        1. 11.(1) The Welsh Ministers may, for the purposes of making...

      12. Subsequent reviews by the Commission where regulations are made under paragraph 9(1)(b) or 10(2)

        1. 12.(1) Where the Welsh Ministers make regulations under paragraph 9(1)(b)...

      13. Delegation by the Commission of functions under this Schedule

        1. 13.In section 13(1) of the 2013 Act—

      14. Orders under Part 3 of the Local Government (Democracy) (Wales) Act 2013 (anaw 4)

        1. 14.In section 43 of the 2013 Act (variation and revocation...

    2. .SCHEDULE 2

      Minor and consequential amendments relating to Part 1: elections

      1. PART 1 Primary legislation

        1. Local Government Act 1972 (c. 70)

          1. 1.(1) The 1972 Act is amended as follows.

        2. Representation of the People Act 1983 (c. 2)

          1. 2.(1) The 1983 Act is amended as follows.

        3. Representation of the People Act 1985 (c. 50)

          1. 3.In section 15(2) of the Representation of the People Act...

        4. Parliamentary Constituencies Act 1986 (c. 56)

          1. 4.In rule 9(3)(b) of Schedule 2 to the Parliamentary Constituencies...

        5. Local Government and Housing Act 1989 (c. 42)

          1. 5.In section 12 of the Local Government and Housing Act...

        6. Local Government (Wales) Act 1994 (c. 19)

          1. 6.In paragraph 68 of Schedule 16 to the Local Government...

        7. Environment Act 1995 (c. 25)

          1. 7.In paragraph 2(4) of Schedule 7 to the Environment Act...

        8. Representation of the People Act 2000 (c. 2)

          1. 8.(1) The Representation of the People Act 2000 is amended...

        9. Local Government Act 2000 (c. 22)

          1. 9.(1) The 2000 Act is amended as follows.

        10. Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (c. 37)

          1. 10.In paragraph 4(3) of Schedule 13 to the Countryside and...

        11. Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (c. 41)

          1. 11.In section 7(2)(d) of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums...

        12. Government of Wales Act 2006 (c. 32)

          1. 12.In section 17E of the Government of Wales Act 2006...

        13. Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 (c. 28)

          1. 13.(1) The Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act...

        14. Local Government (Wales) Measure 2011 (nawm 4)

          1. 14.(1) The Local Government (Wales) Measure 2011 is amended as...

        15. Senedd and Elections (Wales) Act 2020 (anaw 1)

          1. 15.(1) The Senedd and Elections (Wales) Act 2020 is amended...

      2. PART 2 Subordinate legislation

        1. Representation of the People (England and Wales) Regulations 2001 (S.I. 2001/341)

          1. 16.(1) The Representation of the People (England and Wales) Regulations...

        2. Representation of the People (Combination of Polls) (England and Wales) Regulations 2004 (S.I. 2004/294)

          1. 17.(1) The Representation of the People (Combination of Polls) (England...

        3. Business Improvement Districts (Wales) Regulations 2005 (S.I. 2005/1312)

          1. 18.In regulation 6(1) of the Business Improvement Districts (Wales) Regulations...

        4. Local Elections (Principal Areas) (England and Wales) Rules 2006 (S.I. 2006/3304)

          1. 19.(1) The Local Elections (Principal Areas) (England and Wales) Rules...

    3. SCHEDULE 3

      Amendments relating to Part 2: general power of competence

      1. PART 1 Amendments relating to Chapter 1 of Part 2: the general power

        1. Local Government Act 2000 (c. 22)

          1. 1.(1) Part 1 of the 2000 Act (promotion of economic,...

        2. Local Government Act 2003 (c. 26)

          1. 2.In the Local Government Act 2003, in section 116 (local...

        3. Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 (c. 28)

          1. 3.In section 115 of the Local Government and Public Involvement...

        4. Local Government (Wales) Measure 2009 (nawm 2)

          1. 4.In the 2009 Measure, in Schedule 2 (minor and consequential...

        5. Local Government (Wales) Measure 2011 (nawm 4)

          1. 5.In the 2011 Measure, omit section 126(2) and (3) (which...

        6. Localism Act 2011 (c. 20)

          1. 6.In the Localism Act 2011, in Schedule 1 (consequential amendments)...

        7. Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 (anaw 2)

          1. 7.In the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015, in...

        8. This Act

          1. 8.In Schedule 14 to this Act, omit paragraph 2.

      2. PART 2 Amendments relating to Chapter 2 of Part 2: eligible community councils

        1. Local Government Act 1972 (c. 70)

          1. 9.In the 1972 Act, in section 137(9) (power of local...

        2. Local Government Act 2000 (c. 22)

          1. 10.In the 2000 Act, omit sections 2 and 3 (community...

        3. Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 (c. 41)

          1. 11.(1) The Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 is amended...

        4. Local Government Act 2003 (c. 26)

          1. 12.(1) The Local Government Act 2003 is amended as follows....

        5. Local Government (Wales) Measure 2011 (nawm 4)

          1. 13.(1) The 2011 Measure is amended as follows.

        6. Localism Act 2011 (c. 20)

          1. 14.In the Localism Act 2011, in Schedule 1 (consequential amendments)...

        7. This Act

          1. 15.In Part 1 of this Schedule, in paragraph 1 omit...

    4. SCHEDULE 4

      Notice of local authority meetings, access to documents and attendance at meetings

      1. PART 1 Notice of local authority meetings and access to documents

        1. Notices of local authority meetings

          1. 1.In section 100A of the 1972 Act (admission to meetings...

          2. 2.In section 100K of the 1972 Act (interpretation and application...

          3. 3.In paragraph 4 of Schedule 12 to the 1972 Act...

          4. 4.In paragraph 26 of Schedule 12 to the 1972 Act...

          5. 5.In section 1 of the Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings)...

        2. Copies and publication of documents relating to meetings of local authorities

          1. 6.(1) Section 100B of the 1972 Act (access to agenda...

          2. 7.After section 100B of the 1972 Act (access to agenda...

          3. 8.(1) Section 100C of the 1972 Act (inspection of minutes...

          4. 9.(1) Section 100D of the 1972 Act (background papers) is...

          5. 10.(1) Section 100H of the 1972 Act (supplemental provision about...

          6. 11.In section 228(1) of the 1972 Act (minutes of community...

          7. 12.After paragraph 26 of Schedule 12 to the 1972 Act...

        3. Application to committees and sub-committees

          1. 13.In section 100E of the 1972 Act (application to committees...

        4. Application and interpretation

          1. 14.In section 100J of the 1972 Act (application to other...

          2. 15.In section 100K of the 1972 Act (interpretation and application...

          3. 16.In section 270 of the 1972 Act (interpretation), after subsection...

        5. Publication of public notices given by local authorities

          1. 17.(1) Section 232 of the 1972 Act (public notices) is...

          2. 18.In Schedule 7 to the Environment Act 1995 (c. 25)...

        6. Electronic service of summonses on members to attend local authority meetings

          1. 19.(1) Schedule 12 to the 1972 Act is amended as...

        7. Venue for community council meetings

          1. 20.(1) In paragraph 26 of Schedule 12 to the 1972...

        8. Notices of community council committee and sub-committee meetings to be published

          1. 21.In paragraph 26 of Schedule 12 to the 1972 Act,...

        9. Saving provision

          1. 22.Sections 100A to 100D and 100H of the 1972 Act...

      2. PART 2 Attendance at local authority meetings: consequential amendments

        1. Attendance at local authority meetings: amendments consequential on section 47

          1. 23.(1) In Part 4 of Schedule 12 to the 1972...

    5. SCHEDULE 5

      Consequential amendments relating to chief executives

      1. Local Government Act 1972 (c. 70)

        1. 1.In section 112(2A) of the 1972 Act (determination by councils...

      2. Local Government Finance Act 1988 (c. 41)

        1. 2.The Local Government Finance Act 1988 is amended as follows....

        2. 3.In section 114(3A) (consultation by chief finance officer in preparing...

        3. 4.In section 114A(3) (consultation by chief finance officer in preparing...

      3. Local Government and Housing Act 1989 (c. 42)

        1. 5.The Local Government and Housing Act 1989 is amended as...

        2. 6.In section 1 (disqualification and political restriction of certain officers...

        3. 7.In section 2 (politically restricted posts)— (a) after subsection (1)...

        4. 8.In section 4(6) (definition of “relevant authority”)—

        5. 9.In section 5 (designation and reports of monitoring officer)—

        6. 10.In section 5A(5) (consultation by monitoring officer on reports where...

        7. 11.In section 21 (interpretation of Part 1), in subsection (3)...

      4. Local Government (Wales) Measure 2011 (nawm 4)

        1. 12.The 2011 Measure is amended as follows.

        2. 13.In section 8(4) (officers who may not be designated head...

        3. 14.In section 9(4) (functions of head of democratic services), for...

        4. 15.In section 143A (functions of the Independent Remuneration Panel for...

      5. Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 (c. 13)

        1. 16.In section 75 of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility...

      6. Localism Act 2011 (c. 20)

        1. 17.In section 43(2) of the Localism Act 2011 (definition of...

      7. Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (c. 12)

        1. 18.In section 77 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing...

      8. Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 (anaw 2)

        1. 19.In the second column of the table in paragraph 7...

      9. This Act

        1. 20.In this Act, omit paragraph 1(10) of Schedule 12.

    6. SCHEDULE 6

      Consequential amendments etc. relating to assistants to local authority executives

      1. Local Government Act 1972 (c. 70)

        1. 1.(1) The 1972 Act is amended as follows.

        2. 2.(1) Until paragraph 1(3) of Schedule 2 to this Act...

      2. Pilotage Act 1987 (c. 21)

        1. 3.In section 3 of the Pilotage Act 1987 (authorisation of...

      3. Local Government Finance Act 1992 (c. 14)

        1. 4.In section 106(2A) of the Local Government Finance Act 1992...

      4. Local Government Act 2000 (c. 22)

        1. 5.In section 21(9) of the 2000 Act (overview and scrutiny...

      5. Local Government (Wales) Measure 2011 (nawm 4)

        1. 6.(1) The 2011 Measure is amended as follows.

    7. SCHEDULE 7

      Job-sharing by executive leaders and executive members

      1. Local Government Act 2000 (c. 22)

        1. 1.The 2000 Act is amended as follows.

        2. 2.In section 11 (executives)— (a) after subsection (8) insert—

        3. 3.In section 83 (interpretation of Part 3), in subsection (1)...

        4. 4.In section 106 (Wales: orders and regulations), in subsection (6)...

        5. 5.(1) Schedule 1 (executive arrangements) is amended as follows.

      2. Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 (c. 28)

        1. 6.(1) The Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act...

      3. Localism Act 2011 (c. 20)

        1. 7.In Schedule 3 to the Localism Act 2011 (minor and...

    8. SCHEDULE 8

      Conduct of local government members: investigations by the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales

      1. Local Government Act 2000 (c. 22)

        1. 1.The 2000 Act is amended as follows.

        2. 2.In section 69 (investigations by the Public Services Ombudsman for...

        3. 3.After section 69 of the 2000 Act insert— Possible conflict...

        4. 4.In section 70 (investigations: further provisions)— (a) omit subsections (1)...

        5. 5.For section 74 (law of defamation) substitute— Law of defamation...

        6. 6.In section 106(7) (Wales: orders and regulations), before “may not”...

      2. Government of Wales Act 2006 (c. 32)

        1. 7.In table 1 in paragraph 35(3) of Schedule 11 to...

      3. Localism Act 2011 (c. 20)

        1. 8.In Schedule 4 to the Localism Act 2011 (conduct of...

      4. Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 (anaw 4)

        1. 9.In Schedule 3 to the Social Services and Well-being (Wales)...

      5. Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2019 (anaw 3)

        1. 10.In Schedule 5 to the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act...

    9. SCHEDULE 9

      Amendments related to Corporate Joint Committees

      1. PART 1 Creation of strategic planning functions for certain corporate joint committees and repeal of powers to establish strategic planning panels etc.

        1. Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (c. 5)

          1. 1.The Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 is amended as...

          2. 2.In section 38(4) (development plan), for paragraph (b) substitute—

          3. 3.Omit sections 60D to 60J (strategic planning panels and strategic...

          4. 4.Before the cross-heading which precedes section 61 insert— Strategic planning...

          5. 5.In section 62 (local development plan)— (a) in subsection (3A),...

          6. 6.In section 68A (duty to consider whether to review local...

          7. 7.In section 113 (validity of strategies, plans and documents)—

          8. 8.Omit Schedule 2A (strategic planning panels).

        2. Planning (Wales) Act 2015 (anaw 4)

          1. 9.The Planning (Wales) Act 2015 is amended as follows.

          2. 10.Omit sections 4 to 6 and the cross-heading which precedes...

          3. 11.Omit Schedule 1 (strategic planning panels).

          4. 12.In Schedule 2 (development planning: further amendments), omit the following—...

        3. Local Authorities (Goods and Services) Act 1970 (c. 39)

          1. 13.In section 1 of the Local Authorities (Goods and Services)...

        4. Local Government Act 1972 (c. 70)

          1. 14.In section 80 of the Local Government Act 1972 (disqualifications...

        5. Welsh Development Agency Act 1975 (c. 70)

          1. 15.The Welsh Development Agency Act 1975 is amended as follows....

          2. 16.In section 21A (powers of land acquisition), in subsection (5),...

          3. 17.In section 21C (powers to advise on land matters), in...

          4. 18.In section 27 (interpretation), in subsection (1), in the appropriate...

          5. 19.In Schedule 4 (acquisition of land)— (a) in Part 1...

        6. Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (c. 69)

          1. 20.The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 is amended as follows....

          2. 21.In section 27AA (sites of special scientific interest and limestone...

          3. 22.In section 37A (notification of designation of Ramsar sites), in...

        7. Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (c. 8)

          1. 23.The Town and Country Planning Act 1990 is amended as...

          2. 24.In section 83 (making of simplified planning zone schemes), in...

          3. 25.In section 293A (urgent Crown development: application for planning permission),...

          4. 26.(1) Section 303A (responsibility of local planning authorities for costs...

          5. 27.In section 306 (contributions by local authorities and statutory undertakers),...

          6. 28.In section 324 (rights of entry)— (a) subsection (1B) (as...

          7. 29.In section 336 (interpretation), in subsection (1)—

        8. Water Resources Act 1991 (c. 57)

          1. 30.In Schedule 6 to the Water Resources Act 1991 (orders...

        9. Coal Industry Act 1994 (c. 21)

          1. 31.The Coal Industry Act 1994 is amended as follows.

          2. 32.In section 39 (right to withdraw support from land: notice),...

          3. 33.In section 41 (revocation of right to withdraw support), in...

        10. Environment Act 1995 (c. 25)

          1. 34.(1) Section 66 of the Environment Act 1995 (National Park...

        11. Local Government Act 2000 (c. 22)

          1. 35.In section 83 of the Local Government Act 2000 (conduct...

        12. Freedom of Information Act 2000 (c. 36)

          1. 36.In Part 2 of Schedule 1 to the Freedom of...

        13. Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (c. 37)

          1. 37.In section 85 of the Countryside and Rights of Way...

        14. Finance Act 2003 (c. 14)

          1. 38.In section 66 of the Finance Act 2003 (stamp duty...

        15. Planning and Energy Act 2008 (c. 21)

          1. 39.The Planning and Energy Act 2008 is amended as follows....

          2. 40.(1) Section 1 (energy policies) is amended as follows.

          3. 41.In section 2 (interpretation)— (a) in the appropriate place insert—...

        16. Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 (c. 23)

          1. 42.(1) Paragraph 1 of Schedule 6 to the Marine and...

        17. Equality Act 2010 (c. 15)

          1. 43.In Part 2 of Schedule 19 to the Equality Act...

        18. Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011 (nawm 1)

          1. 44.(1) Schedule 6 to the Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011...

        19. Local Government (Wales) Measure 2011 (nawm 4)

          1. 45.In section 144 of the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2011...

        20. Environment (Wales) Act 2016 (anaw 3)

          1. 46.In section 6 of the Environment (Wales) Act 2016 (biodiversity...

        21. Land Transaction Tax and Anti-avoidance of Devolved Taxes (Wales) Act 2017 (anaw 1)

          1. 47.In the Land Transaction Tax and Anti-avoidance of Devolved Taxes...

        22. Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2019 (anaw 3)

          1. 48.In Schedule 3 to the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act...

      2. PART 2 Repeal of power to establish joint transport authorities

        1. Transport (Wales) Act 2006 (c. 5)

          1. 49.In the Transport (Wales) Act 2006— (a) omit section 5...

        2. Government of Wales Act 2006 (c. 32)

          1. 50.In table 1 in paragraph 35(3) of Schedule 11 to...

    10. SCHEDULE 10

      Consequential amendments relating to renaming of principal council audit committees

      1. Local Government (Wales) Measure 2011 (nawm 4)

        1. 1.The 2011 Measure is amended as follows.

        2. 2.In the title of Chapter 2 of Part 6, before...

        3. 3.In section 81 (local authorities to appoint audit committees)—

        4. 4.In section 82 (membership)— (a) in subsection (1), after “of...

        5. 5.In section 83 (proceedings etc.)— (a) in subsection (1), for...

        6. 6.In section 84 (frequency of meetings)— (a) in subsection (1),...

        7. 7.In section 85 (guidance)— (a) in subsection (1)—

        8. 8.In section 86 (termination of membership)— (a) in subsection (1),...

        9. 9.In section 87 (interpretation etc.), in subsection (2) omit the...

      2. This Act

        1. 10.In this Act, omit paragraph 7(4) of Schedule 11.

    11. SCHEDULE 11

      Transition committees of merging councils and restructuring councils

      1. PART 1 Merging councils

        1. Transition committees for merging councils

          1. 1.(1) Merging councils must establish a transition committee immediately after...

        2. Membership of transition committees for merging councils

          1. 2.(1) A transition committee must consist of an equal number...

        3. Functions of transition committees for merging councils

          1. 3.(1) A transition committee must provide to the merging councils,...

      2. PART 2 Restructuring councils

        1. Transition committees for restructuring councils

          1. 4.(1) After giving notice as described in section 129(6), the...

      3. PART 3 Transition committees of merging councils and restructuring councils

        1. Sub-committees of transition committees for merging councils or restructuring councils

          1. 5.(1) A transition committee may establish one or more sub-committees....

        2. Provision of funding, facilities and information etc. to transition committees for merging councils or restructuring councils

          1. 6.(1) The merging councils or restructuring councils must meet the...

        3. Transition committees for merging councils or restructuring councils: further provision

          1. 7.(1) The Welsh Ministers may direct a transition committee to...

    12. SCHEDULE 12

      Restraints on transactions and recruitment etc. by merging councils and restructuring councils

      1. Restraining transactions and recruitment etc. by direction

        1. 1.(1) After receiving a merger application or after giving notice...

      2. Directions under paragraph 1: supplementary

        1. 2.(1) This paragraph applies in relation to a direction under...

      3. Directions under paragraph 1: further provision about reserves

        1. 3.(1) A direction under paragraph 1— (a) may provide that...

      4. Directions under paragraph 1(3): supplementary

        1. 4.(1) This paragraph applies in relation to a direction under...

      5. Directions: consequences of contravention

        1. 5.(1) An acquisition or disposal made in contravention of a...

      6. Interpretation of paragraphs 1 and 7

        1. 6.(1) In paragraphs 1 and 7, “relevant land acquisition or...

      7. Determining whether financial limits have been exceeded

        1. 7.(1) For the purpose of making a determination as to...

      8. Financial limits: further provision

        1. 8.(1) Where the consideration, or any of the consideration, in...

      9. Guidance in relation to transactions, recruitment etc.

        1. 9.(1) A person specified in a direction under paragraph 1...

    13. SCHEDULE 13

      Abolition of polls consequent on community meetings under the 1972 Act

      1. Local Government Act 1972 (c. 70)

        1. 1.The 1972 Act is amended as follows.

        2. 2.Omit sections 33B and 33C (principal council's response to a...

        3. 3.In section 150(7) (expenses of polls)— (a) omit, in the...

        4. 4.In section 243(3) (computation of time)— (a) omit “or community”;...

        5. 5.In Schedule 12, omit paragraphs 26A and 29A (response by...

        6. 6.(1) In Schedule 12, paragraph 34 (the making of decisions...

        7. 7.In paragraph 37 of Schedule 12 (lending of ballot boxes...

        8. 8.In paragraph 38 of Schedule 12 (offences) for “poll consequent...

        9. 9.In Schedule 12, omit paragraphs 38A and 38B (notification of...

      2. Local Government and Housing Act 1989 (c. 42)

        1. 10.In the Local Government and Housing Act 1989, in section...

      3. Local Government (Wales) Measure 2011 (nawm 4)

        1. 11.In the 2011 Measure, omit sections 93 to 99.

      4. This Act

        1. 12.In this Act, omit paragraph 1(8) of Schedule 2 (amendment...

    14. SCHEDULE 14

      Consequential amendments relating to merger and demerger of public services boards

      1. Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 (anaw 2)

        1. 1.(1) The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 is...

      2. Local Government Act 2000 (c. 22)

        1. 2.In the 2000 Act, in subsection (3B) of section 2...

      3. Education Act 2002 (c. 32)

        1. 3.In the Education Act 2002, in section 21(9)(b) (relevant children...

      4. Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (c. 5)

        1. 4.In the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, in section...

      5. Children Act 2004 (c. 31)

        1. 5.In the Children Act 2004, in section 25(9A) (co-operation to...

      6. Children and Families (Wales) Measure 2010 (nawm 1)

        1. 6.(1) The Children and Families (Wales) Measure 2010 is amended...

      7. Mental Health (Wales) Measure 2010 (nawm 7)

        1. 7.In the Mental Health (Wales) Measure 2010, in section 2(2A)...

      8. Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 (anaw 4)

        1. 8.In the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014, in...

      9. Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Act 2015 (anaw 3)

        1. 9.In the Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence...

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