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SCHEDULE 2
 
  LOCAL COUNCILS
 
Tenure of members
     1. - (1) A person is to hold and vacate office as a member or as chairman of a local council in accordance with the terms of his appointment.
 
      (2) On ceasing to be a member a person is eligible for re-appointment.
 
      (3) A person may at any time by notice in writing to the Council resign his office as a member.
 
      (4) A person may at any time by notice in writing to the Secretary of State resign his office as chairman.
 
     2. - (1) This paragraph applies if the Council is satisfied that a member of a local council-
 
 
    (a) has been absent from meetings of the local council for a period longer than 6 consecutive months without the local council's permission, or
 
    (b) is unable or unfit to carry out the functions of a member.
      (2) The Council may by notice in writing to the member remove him from office, which shall then become vacant.
 
      (3) A notice under this paragraph requires the Secretary of State's approval.
 
 
Allowances
     3. The Council must pay in respect of the members of a local council such travelling, subsistence and other allowances as the Secretary of State may determine.
 
 
Staff
     4. - (1) After seeking the advice of a local council's chairman, the Council must appoint one of its employees as the director of the local council.
 
      (2) The Council may appoint such of its other employees as it thinks fit to act as the staff of a local council.
 
 
Delegation of functions
     5. - (1) A local council may authorise the chairman or the director to exercise such of its functions as it may determine.
 
      (2) If the chairman is authorised to exercise a function he may authorise another member of the local council to exercise it.
 
      (3) If the director is authorised to exercise a function he may authorise an employee of the local council to exercise it.
 
 
Proceedings
     6. The validity of any proceedings of a local council is not to be affected by a vacancy among the members or by any defect in the appointment of a member.
 
     7. A local council may regulate its own procedure.
 
 
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