The publication makes the case for less draconian rules and comes at a time when the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has promised a consultation paper on reforming the restrictions that were introduced in the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.
Tracy Gardiner, LGIU policy officer and author of Barred from politics, said: 'The present political restrictions on many public sector workers are excessive. They go way beyond the reasonable and limited set of restrictions that are necessary in this sphere to the point of unreasonably restricting the political freedoms that are taken for granted in a democracy. They are inconsistent and outdated. Barred from politics argues for changes to these rules.
'Reforming the political restrictions regime is a key part of the LGIU's proposals for encouraging more people to participate in local politics. It forms part of our wider agenda for boosting local democracy, the role of councillors and public service.'