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Pre-election period (purdah)

Posted: Thu, 14 Feb 2019 11:01 by Laura Sampson

Councils must not publish, arrange for or give financial support to the publication of any material which, in whole or in part, appears to be designed to affect public support for a political party. Councils are required to have regard to the Code of Recommended Practice on Local Authority Publicity(March 2011), when considering publicity decisions. Follow this link for LGA guidance:

Purdah relates to the period leading up to an election, when Councils must take extra care when considering their publishing obligations due to the heightened sensitivity of the period. The period begins with the notice of election and ends on election day (10 pm on 2nd May). The notice of election is no later than 26 March 2019, which means this is the last possible date on which the Notice of Poll can go up. However, many Suffolk Local Authorities have set a date earlier than this to help them, for example, manage the volume of nominations. Therefore local councils must apply the date set by their district or borough. Click below for the dates set by the district/borough: More »

West Suffolk: Date of notice of election: 22 March

East Suffolk: Date of notice of election: 15 March

Mid/Babergh Suffolk: Date of notice of election: 12 March

Taking care means that a platform must not be given to the achievements of the existing council and neither should the council do anything which helps to promote or endorse individual candidates. This applies to all local councils, regardless of whether their candidates are independent, or party affiliated.

However, this does not mean a council should suspend its normal business. Matters such as planning consultation must continue as it would at any other time.

The forthcoming elections on 2 May 2019 falls within the statutory period (1 March to 1 June) that local councils hold their Annual Parish or Town Meeting – the annual assembly of residents of the area, not a Council meeting.

Many Councils use their parish / town meeting as an opportunity to report on achievements and finances during the previous 12 months. Often, Councils hold annual awards promoting outstanding actions of nominated residents. At the very least, these meetings are an opportunity for residents to ask questions of the council and responses may risk a breach of the Code of Recommended Practice on Local Authority Publicity, (March 2011), if this meeting is held within the period of Purdah. » Less

Forthcoming Event: Suffolk Design *** date changed to Tuesday 26 February

Forthcoming Event: Suffolk Design *** date changed to Tuesday 26 February

Posted: Fri, 08 Feb 2019 15:00 by Laura Sampson

Suffolk Design is a Suffolk wide initiative to improve design quality in the built environment. In partnership with Suffolk Association of Local Councils (SALC), a workshop is being hosted to give you an opportunity to help shape Suffolk Design. This is an invitation only event and is exclusive to parish councillors and all parish and neighbourhood representatives. Places are limited in number and will be allocated to ensure fair geographical coverage from across the County. Details on how to register can be found by following this link.

Latest SALC E-Bulletin dated 8 February 2019

Posted: Fri, 08 Feb 2019 14:54 by Laura Sampson

SALC has published their latest E-Bulletin which can be obtained by following this link.