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Local Council Administration is a document written by Charles Arnold-Baker. It consists of a series of rules and by-lines for the Pagford parish council. The guidelines include:

6.11 - A casual vacancy is determined to have occurred:
(a) when a local councillor fails to make his declaration of acceptance of office within the proper time; or
(b) when his notice of resignation is received; or
(c) on the day of his death...
12.43 - Trespassers - As against trespassers (who, in principle, must take other people's premises and their occupiers as they find them)...
7.33 - Fair Comment - Fair comment on a matter of public interest is not actionable.
7.25 - Duplicity - A resolution should not deal with more than one subject...Disregard of this rule usually leads to confused discussion and may lead to confused action...
5.11 - Lunacy - At common law, idiots are subject to a permanent legal incapacity to vote, but persons of unsound mind may vote during lucid intervals.
7.32 - Privilege - A person who has made a defamatory statement may claim privilege for it if he can show that he made it without malice and in pursuit of a public duty.
22.23 - Weaknesses of Voluntary Bodies - ...The main weaknesses of such bodies are that they are hard to launch, liable to disintegrate...
13.5 - Relief of Poverty... - Gifts to benefit the poor...are charitable, and a gift for the poor is charitable even if it happens incidentally to benefit the rich...

Behind the scenesEdit

  • Within The Casual Vacancy, guidelines from this document headline the beginning of each new Part of the book. The book refers exclusively to the Seventh Edition of this document.