A friend of mine recently applied for a job with a Council as a housing benefits case worker and wasn't offered an interview. There were seven vacancies apparently. He is very experienced and has worked for several authorities over the last ten years. He's a bit miffed about it because it turns out from a conversation he had with someone who works there that one of the successful applicants had very little experience and will need significant training to do the job. I'm aware that local authorities as statutory creatures have certain rules that they must adhere to when recruiting staff. These relate to interviewing staff and appointing on merit using stuff like qualifications, experience and other usually specific things like references and so on. Does anybody know where these and other criteria are laid down in statute so he can have a look and see if he has been treated fairly. Thanks in advance for any pointers.