Having spent some time reading about the 6 months absence rule, and still being confused about it, i wonder if it would be possible to get confirmation about this, and also about co-opting after.
If we have a case where a councillor hasn't attended a council meeting for 6 months, but they have sent at least one apology within this 6 months period, would they still lose their place automatically? This has happened recently to one - during this Covid online meeting period. I have read in some places that the apology should be voted and approved, and only then does the time reset. Is this true?
But what about the fact that apologies are recorded as part of the minutes and the minutes approved at the next meeting - is this not actually approving the apologies? We've never voted on apologies before, which for me, means something is wrong there?
The other strange thing is that, we're being told that the councillor is going to fill a form to be co-opted again at the next meeting (which incidentally is in a week's time), is that all lawful? If someone loses their place on the council due to the 6 month absence rule, shouldn't there be the normal notification period etc... for election?
would really appreciate some clarity on this, just to know the process...thanks