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Recruitment selection: local authority

This item is part of Recruitment selection

Consultant author: Laurie Anstis


  • The Local Government and Housing Act 1989 requires any appointment to a paid office with a local authority to be made on merit. (See Duty to appoint on merit)
  • There are restrictions on the involvement of councillors in selection, and the appointment of councillors as employees. (See Restrictions on selection)
  • The Local Authorities (Standing Orders) Regulations 1993 (SI 1993/202) regulate the appointment of the head of paid service, chief officers, political assistants and mayors' assistants where a post is to be advertised externally. (See Appointments to posts advertised externally)