Local Government Act 2002

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43 Certain members indemnified

(1)

A member of a local authority (or a committee, community board, or other subordinate decision-making body of that local authority) is indemnified by that local authority, whether or not that member was elected to that local authority or community board under the Local Electoral Act 2001 or appointed by the local authority, for—

(a)

costs and damages for any civil liability arising from any action brought by a third party if the member was acting in good faith and in pursuance (or intended pursuance) of the responsibilities or powers of the local authority (or committee, community board, or other subordinate decision-making body of that local authority); and

(b)

costs arising from any successfully defended criminal action relating to acts or omissions in his or her capacity as a member.

(2)

Subsection (1) does not apply to a member’s liability for a loss under section 46.

(3)

To avoid doubt, a local authority may not indemnify a director of a council-controlled organisation for any liability arising from that director’s acts or omissions in relation to that council-controlled organisation.