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ADJUDICATOR ON POLITICAL RESTRICTIONS FOR COUNCIL OFFICERS

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Deputy prime minister John Prescott and Welsh secretary Ron Davis has appointed Arthur Jeffrey Greenwell as the ind...
Deputy prime minister John Prescott and Welsh secretary Ron Davis has appointed Arthur Jeffrey Greenwell as the independent adjudicator on political restrictions for local authority officers in England and Wales.

Under the Local Government and Housing Act 1989, certain local

authority staff are prohibited from most forms of public political

activity. The restrictions apply to all senior and other frontline

public servants who regularly give advice to the local authority or

speak on the council's behalf to the media.

The independent adjudicator has four functions:

- to issue guidance on the application of criteria for politically

sensitive posts

- to grant exemptions to staff at or above the prescribed salary

level* whose posts do not meet the criteria for political

sensitivity

- to consider appeals from staff on less than the prescribed salary

level against their posts being listed as politically sensitive;

- to direct local authorities to add to their lists of politically

sensitive posts those which they have omitted

- Currently #26,391; above this level council officers are presumed

to hold a politically restricted post unless the independent

adjudicator grants an exemption.

NOTES

Arthur Jeffrey Greenwell began his local government career as an

assistant solicitor with Birmingham City Council. He was appointed

deputy clerk of Hampshire CC in 1967. In 1973 he became chief executive of Northamptonshire CC, a post he held until his retirement in 1996.

His wider work in local government has included spells as President

of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators,

President of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives, and

Chairman of the Association of County Chief Executives.

Mr Greenwell replaces William Jackson, the former chief executive of

Kent CC, who has retired having held the post since its creation in 1989.

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