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The Local Government (Transitional, Supplementary, Incidental Provisions and Modifications) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014

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Application of the Northern Ireland Local Government Code of Conduct for Councillors during the transitional period

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5.—(1) Part 9 of the 2014 Act shall, during the transitional period, apply to existing councils and councillors of existing councils as if any reference to “council” means “existing council” and any reference to “district of the council” means “district of the existing council”.

(2) For the purposes of paragraph (1), “district of the existing council” means a local government district established by the Local Government (Boundaries) Order (Northern Ireland) 1992 and any reference to “councillor” shall include persons who are not councillors but who are appointed in accordance with section 18 of the 1972 Act.

(3) In so far as it relates to the application of Part 9 of the 2014 Act in respect of a councillor of an existing council, section 7 of the 1972 Act shall apply with the following modifications—

(a)in paragraphs (1) and (2), after “elected to”, insert “or continuing in”; and

(b)in paragraph (2), for “the day of his election,”, substitute “the day upon which the Northern Ireland Local Government Code of Conduct for Councillors issued by the Department in accordance with section 53 of the Local Government Act (Northern Ireland) 2014 comes into force,”.

(4) In so far as it relates to the application of Part 9 of the 2014 Act in respect of a councillor of an existing council, section 16 of the 2014 Act shall apply with the following modifications—

(a)in subsection (1)(a), for “section 11 or 12”, substitute “section 18 or 19 of the Local Government Act (Northern Ireland) 1972”; and

(b)in subsection (2), for “section 11 or 12”, substitute “section 18 or 19 of the Local Government Act (Northern Ireland) 1972” in both instances.

(5) In so far as it relates to the application of Part 9 of the 2014 Act in respect of a councillor of an existing council, Schedule 1 to the 1972 Act shall apply as if, after the words “I take”, there were inserted the words “or continue to take”.

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