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SCOTTISH COUNCIL WORKERS WILL BE ABLE TO STAND IN SCOTS POLL

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Thousands of Scottish council workers are to be given the chance of standing for the Scottish parliament, after a d...
Thousands of Scottish council workers are to be given the chance of standing for the Scottish parliament, after a department of environment, transport and regions report recommended that the 1989 Local Government Act should be loosened, reports The Herald (p2).

Earlier press reports suggested that the report would not make recommendations in time for the first Scottish parliament elections, but the Herald said the report - due to be released in the next few weeks - will be put out to consultation in time to allow currently excluded workers to stand in the 1999 elections.

The existing rules do not allow those earning over£25,000 to stand, but instead, says the Herald, the rules would only cover 'politically-sensitive' posts such as advisers, clerks and public relations staff.
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