Section 80(1)(a) states that 'a person shall be disqualified for being elected or being a member of a local authority….. If he holds any paid office or employment […] which are or may be made or confirmed by the local authority'. This includes those who hold a paid office on joint boards or committees on which the local authority is represented.What this means is that anyone EMPLOYED by a local authority CANNOT be elected as a Councillor for that authority. But, if you work for a third sector organisation, a charity or a non profit organisation which is wholly funded by a local authority and provides commissioned services on behalf of that local authority there is nothing to prevent you from being elected as a Councillor to that authority.
It cannot be right that employees directly paid by a local authority are disqualified from public office whilst those that are paid indirectly or via a third party by a local authority are not disqualified.