This best practice guide is for town and parish councillors, parish clerks and residents who wish to know more about what what happens if a councillor fails to attend council meetings.

This is particularly important for those councils who hold quarterly meetings as councillors can easily be accidentally disqualified. This guide does not cover the casual vacancy or co-option process which is covered in BPG 14 A CPALC Best Practice Guide to Casual Vacancies and Co-option.


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Background to attendance at council meetings

Recording and minuting councillor absences

Exceptions to automatic councillor disqualification

Risks to parish councils with quarterly meetings and example


This is a practical guide and covers the exceptions to automatic councillor disqualification.


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