Parish and Community Casual Vacancy

Rule 8, Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) Rules 1986

On the occurrence of a casual vacancy the parish (or community) clerk is required to give public notice of the vacancy. A model copy of the notice for information or use is available to download below.  Please ensure that a completed copy of the notice is sent to Electoral Services, Allerdale Borough Council, Allerdale House, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 3YJ.

If the vacancy arises within six months of the date that a councillor's term of office expires the parish (or community council) may co-opt to fill the vacancy until the next ordinary elections.

Otherwise, if a written request for an election is received within 14 days of the notice of vacancy, disregarding dies non (i.e. A Saturday or Sunday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday or any other bank holiday and any day appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning) by the proper officer of the Borough Council from ten local government electors for the electoral area the Returning Officer will fix the date of election within 60 calendar days of the date of the notice of vacancy.  If a written request by 10 electors is not received within 14 calendar day the parish (or community council) shall, as soon as practicable, fill the vacancy by co-option.  Any person co-opted to the Council must meet the usual qualifications to be a councillor.

Don't forget that each new councillor must sign a declaration of acceptance of office and register of disclosable pecuniary interests and other interests. These two forms are available to download below. The parish (or community) clerk is required to keep the declaration of acceptance of office and register of disclosable pecuniary interests and other interests. A copy of the register of disclosable pecuniary interests and other interests must be sent to Democratic Services, Allerdale Borough Council, Allerdale House, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 3YJ.

Downloadable Documents

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Microsoft Word formatParish Council Notice of Vacancy in Word format27 Kb4 secs @ 56k, 0 secs @ 2mb
Adobe PDF format - download the viewerDeclaration of Acceptance of Office Form in PDF format11 Kb2 secs @ 56k, 0 secs @ 2mb
Microsoft Word formatDeclaration of Disclosable Pecuniary Interests (Town & Parish) in Word format130 Kb19 secs @ 56k, 1 sec @ 2mb

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