Structure of local government

Structure of local government guidance:

Chairing meetings If the chairman of a local authority meeting (also referred to as the mayor or maer in a city or borough council where there is no directly elected...

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Councillors require a great deal of information in order to exercise proper management of the local authority (LA). It is sometimes difficult to know what information...

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Discussion of employment issues in local government fall into three areas: • normal employment law issues, such as those concerning discrimination, fair or unfair...

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This Practice Note relates only to England; the legislation is different in Wales. Every local authority must designate one of its officers as the Monitoring Officer and...

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The following table sets out the position in a typical authority. Some authorities grant additional rights to councillors and members of the public. CouncilCommittees and...

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On 10 August 2012, the Government introduced the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations, SI 2012/2089 (the...

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The remuneration of members is a contentious issue. The public service approach is that members enter politics to serve the community, not for financial...

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This Practice Note refers only to the law in England; note that different provisions apply to Wales. The public has a right to expect high standards of...

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Council members for a principal area are elected by the local government electors for that area. Every non-metropolitan county is divided into electoral...

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There are some basic elements of local authorities that tend to be overlooked by new members (councillors) and new officers alike, including lawyers. Structure and...

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