Leicestershire & Rutland
Association of Local Councils

Supporting Local Councils in Leicestershire & Rutland

Jubilee Hall

Chief Executive: Jake Atkinson
Jubilee Hall, Stadon Road
Anstey, Leicester LE7 7AY

Tel: 0116 235 3800

Establishing eligibility for office

Posted: Thu, 08 Feb 2018 09:17 by admin

We have received several enquiries recently from councils wishing to co-opt a new councillor but unsure about the said councillor's eligibility for office. Local councils are required to ensure that persons co-opted to the council are eligible to hold office as a local councillor. The qualifications and disqualifications are contained in the Local Government Act 1972, Sections 79 and 80.

As an added level of certainty, councils might find it useful to ask all new Councillors to sign that they have read and understood the eligibility and disqualification criteria. You might find the attached pro forma produced by LRALC to be of use to you…