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Good Practice for the selection of candidates being co-opted to a Local Council

When a casual vacancy of an office in a local council arises mid-term, the council must give public notice of the vacancy, giving electors the opportunity to request an election if they so wish.


Eligibility for co-option

Following public notice of any vacancies, if no election is called, a local council may co-opt on to their council any person provided that person is qualified to be a councillor pursuant to s. 79 Local Government Act 1972 ("the 1972 Act") and is not disqualified pursuant to s. 80 of the 1972 Act.


·         A person is qualified to be elected and to be a councillor if they are a British, Commonwealth, Irish or European Union citizen and on the relevant day (that is, the day of nomination or election) they are 18 or over.

·         In addition, the person must meet at least one of the following criteria;

(1) On the relevant day and thereafter they continue to be on the electoral register for the parish, or (2) during the whole of the twelve months before that day they have owned or tenanted land or premises in the parish.

(3) During the whole of the twelve months before that day their principal or only place of work has been in the parish.

(4) During the whole of the twelve months before that day they have resided in the parish or within three miles of it.

Except for qualification (1), these qualifications then continue for the full term of office, until the next ordinary elections.

·         Certain people are disqualified from standing, and these include paid officers (including the Clerks) of the council, bankrupts and those subject to recent sentences of imprisonment.

A local council should be satisfied by its own investigation or, if this is not possible, by evidence provided by the proposed candidate that:-

A person meets the criteria for eligibility to be a member of the council (criteria is set out in s. 79 of the 1972 Act), and; A person is not disqualified to be a member of the council (criteria is set out in s. 80 of the 1972 Act).

A person shall be disqualified for being elected or being a member of a local authority if he/she—

·         Holds any paid office or employment (other than the office of chairman, vice-chairman or deputy.

·         Holds any employment in a company which, in accordance with Part V of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 other than section 73, is under the control of the local authority.

·         Is the subject of a bankruptcy restriction order or interim order.


Suitability for co-option

Once a local council is satisfied that a candidate is eligible to be co-opted onto a council, NALC recommends that a local council should employ a fair and transparent process to assess the suitability of a proposed candidate who wishes to be co-opted. A local council should assess if a proposed candidate has the skills expected and/or has any additional expertise or areas of interest which will assist the council in exercising their various functions.

As is analogous with the recruitment processes for a prospective employee of the council, the council may want to devise a person specification for issue to all the candidates who wish to be co-opted. The person specification should be reviewed and amended by the local council as and when a particular vacancy in an office arises. Councils may wish to include both essential and desirable criteria in the person specification with a focus on relevant knowledge and background, enthusiasm and availability and any transferable skills and experience; bearing in mind not to exclude perfectly willing and able candidates with restrictive or discriminatory criteria.

The Council may also wish to request a resume or CV from the candidate outlining what relevant skills, interests and experience they feel they may bring to the council. This will give members an understanding of the knowledge, ability and enthusiasm someone may bring to the council. This will be particularly useful where some members may know the candidate but others don't, giving all members an equal opportunity to cast an informed vote.

Co-opted councillor application form

As a member or co-opted member of Tidworth Town Council you shall have regard to the following principles - selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

All members must promote and support high standards of conduct when serving in their public post, in particular as outlined in the code of conduct below.

Code of conduct