Following an uncontested election, the parish council has six vacancies for co-option. Two candidates do not appear to meet sections a), b), d), and e) of the Act. However they could meet section c) depending on the interpretation of 'work'. They are both volunteer Trustees and Chair of Trustees of a local organisation in the village, and one was previously a volunteer with the community shop - 12 months rule ok, and 'work' is unpaid.
WSALC has advised that this is a grey area around the interpretation as it not technically 'work' and suggested I refer to the District Council Monitoring Officer. The MO advised that they don't give legal advice on whether someone is eligible to stand and it is up to the candidate to be sure they are eligible or take their own legal advice.
If both candidates consider that they are eligible and get co-opted, could this be challenged at a later date, and could the parish council be held accountable, if, in fact, they did not meet the criteria.
All thoughts welcome..............