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Local Government and Elections (Wales) Act 2021

Section 21 - Disqualification of member of a local authority in Wales for appointment to paid office

149.This section inserts a new section 116A into the 1972 Act.

150.Section 116 of the 1972 Act provides that while a person is a member of a local authority and for twelve months after they cease to be a member, they are disqualified from being appointed or elected by that authority to any paid office, other than:

  • the office of chairman or vice-chairman; or

  • in the case of a local authority which is operating executive arrangements which involve a leader and cabinet executive, the office of executive leader or member of the executive.

151.Paragraph 1(7) of Schedule 2 to the Act amends section 116 of the 1972 Act so that it applies to England only.

152.Section 116A (membership of local authorities in Wales not to be appointed as officers) restates the provision in section 116 in relation to disqualification while the person is a member of a local authority in Wales, however it does not disqualify former members. A person is therefore no longer disqualified for being appointed or being elected by a local authority in Wales to any paid office once he or she ceases to be a member of that authority.

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