I have been a Town Councillor for 9 years and my partner is the Deputy Town Clerk. I am in fact the longest serving councillor on our Council.
There is a move afoot to change Standing Orders to bar councillors from chairing committees where their partner takes the minutes. Is this legal?
Also the council is again trying to bar me from being a member of the Personnel Committee because of my partner (They have tried before) The advice I received from Paul Clayden a few years back was that provided I declared my interest on my declaration form and left the room when discussing remuneration about my partner, that I could still be a member. Can you confirm that this is correct?
Is in fact, the content of both these questions in breach of the Equality Act 2010?