This LGA produced guide provides advice and guidance on the publicity restrictions that should be observed by local authorities during the pre-election period.
What is purdah?
The term 'purdah' has come into popular use across central and local government to describe the period of time immediately before elections or referendums when specific restrictions on communications activity are in place. The... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 11 Nov 2019 08:55 by Jake Atkinson
For some reason there is a common belief that exists among some parish councils that if all the councillors resign en masse or there are insufficient councillors to make a quorum folowing an election that somehow the council ceases to exist.
This is simply not the case, a council with no councillors is still a council as a local authority is a corporate body and accordingly has the appropriate legal... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 16 Apr 2019 15:17 by Jake Atkinson
In advance of the forthcoming local elections, NALC has updated and republished Legal Topic Note L01-19 on the code of recommended practice on local authority publicity which provides guidance on the pre-election (purdah) period. You can find this in the member's area of the website here (login required)
Posted: Thu, 21 Mar 2019 11:23 by Frances Webster
LRALC wish to draw your attention to a letter from Rishi Sunak to local authorities regarding publication of councillors' and candidates' home addresses.
In the letter he confirms that he is taking forward a recommendation from the Committee on Standards in Public Life Review of Intimidation in Public Life that the Government should bring forward legislation to remove the requirement for candidates... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 12 Mar 2019 09:45 by Jake Atkinson
Further to the two Elections Workshops that we held on 31st January 2019 we have complied a list of the most frequently asked questions and answers which can be found here. These cover a variety of topics including purdah, candidate nominations, annual meetings and election costs.
This information can be read alongside the FAQ provided by the Local Government Association on the pre-election period.... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 05 Mar 2019 08:04 by Frances Webster
The Local Government Association have previously published a very useful set of FAQs on "purdah", the pre-election preriod, click here to access the FAQs.
The full range of LGA purdah advice can be accessed here.
This confirms, amongst other things that:
1. All sitting councillors, whether seeking re-election or not, should have regard for the Publicity Code and the restrictions during the purdah period.... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 31 Jan 2019 21:34 by Jake Atkinson
The pre-election 'purdah' period for the Leicestershire County Council elections has now begun (as of 13th March). All parish and town councils in Leicestershire need to be aware of the rules around purdah. The briefing here provides guidance.
Posted: Tue, 14 Mar 2017 22:56 by Jake Atkinson
A referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union will take place on Thursday, 23 June 2016.
The Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 places restrictions on the material that local authorities and others can publish about the referendum. These restrictions apply for a period of 28 days before the referendum and become effective from Friday, 27 May 2016.
All Parish and Town Councils... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 16 May 2016 14:05 by Jake Atkinson
All election authorities have now published their "statement of persons nominated" which will tell all local councils whether they will be having elections, whether they will be quorate, and whether they will have vacancies, amongst other things, following 11th May (the day Councillors take office).
If you will be inquorate please contact us asap.
If you will be quorate but will have vacancies then read... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:11 by Jake Atkinson