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A Chair of a Parish Council claims that co-opted councillors can be converted to elected councillors because the rules have been relaxed

I can’t see anyway to do this without them resigning and re standing for an election has anyone heard of this ?
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I'm sorry to say that its total nonsense.
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Nonsense AND pointless, since, the only difference would be that elected Cllrs “could” be paid an allowance and co-opted cannot.
Since that is the only difference, could that be be ulterior motive?
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The motive is that they want to get the General Power of Competence back
Ah, yes! I see!!
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Echo others assessment. I recall someone else claimed this a few years back as part of a rather desperatea attempt to get GPC (and overcome 2/3 Rule)
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Quote eligibility  from SLCC "the number of councillors elected at the last ordinary election, or at a subsequent by-election, must equal or exceed two thirds of its total number of councillors".  What  is an ordinary election/by election and would it include "casual vacancy" elections?  Just asking
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Resignation then election is a feasible route, but there are risks. The casual vacancy would be advertised by the principal authority and the election would be uncontested if the recently-resigned councillor was the only candidate. If, however, somebody else decided to throw their hat into the ring, a contested election would be required, the full cost of which would fall to the council. The mystery candidate might also win the poll, leaving the quitter out in the cold!
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Thank you for your prompt responses which confirm what I thought
If our Monitoring Officer finds a different way of doing it I’ll let you know

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