Allison Cook, Public Sector Partner at VWV, talks to specialist in elections law, Mark Heath about the changes to elections introduced under the Coronavirus Act 2020.
Included in this podcast:
- Coronavirus Act 2020
- Provisions for dealing with the delayed elections until 2021
- Delivery of by-elections
- Suggested wording for the notice of vacancy
- Section 116 referendums
- Outstanding returns of expenditure incurred
- Polls in 2021 and the practical issues
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If you need specialist legal advice on elections during coronavirus, please contact Allison Cook or Mark Heath in our Public Sector team. Contact details below.
Allison Cook, Head of Public Sector
Allison is part of our Coronavirus Response team and provides specialist support to public sector organisations on the challenges posed by coronavirus.
Allison has over 10 years' experience in advising clients on a wide range of employment law issues. She has a special interest in advising publicly funded bodies on individual employment issues or situations where the organisation is dealing with its workforce from a more strategic standpoint, including wholesale organisational change and industrial relations.
Allison also advises businesses, charities, emergency services and the not for profit sector on all issues regarding their employees.
Mark Heath is a Consultant and specialises in providing advice to clients in the Public sector.
Mark has over 30 years of service within the public sector. He was until December 2016 working at Southampton City Council where he was Solicitor to the Council (and Monitoring Officer) for 20 years. Subsequent to that he held the positions of Director of Place and subsequently Chief Operating Officer at Southampton.
Mark however remains as the Returning Officer for elections at Southampton, a post he has held since 1994. [He was the South East Regional Returning Officer for the 2009 and 2014 European Parliamentary Elections, the Regional Counting Officer for the South East Region for the AV Referendum in 2011 and the European Referendum in 2016, and the Police Area Returning Officer for Hampshire for the Police and Crime Commissioner Elections in 2012 and 2016]. As one of the leading figures in the electoral field, he serves on several groups convened by the Government and the Electoral Commission on electoral law, policy and practice
Mark’s legal experience includes drafting and reviewing constitutions, advising on standards and all aspects of local authority governance and decision making including the formation and operation of combined authorities.