Commentary on Sections

Part 1 – Strengthening local democracy

Section 12 - Membership

29.Sets out the membership of the democratic services committee. Membership of the committee is limited to councillors (no co-opted members), only one member of the council’s executive may be a member, and the leader of the council executive may not be a committee member. The chair may not be a member of the executive group (save in authorities where all political groups were represented on the authority’s executive in which case the chair may not be a member of the executive). The committee membership must reflect the political balance on the full council in line with section 15 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.