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Local Government: Elections

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance (a) his Department and (b) the Standards Board for England has issued on whether local authority (i) buildings and (ii) equipment provided for councillors to carry out their representative role may be used for the production of political campaigning literature. (308638)

As made clear in the statutory Code of Recommended Practice on Local Authority Publicity issued by my Department, section 2 of the Local Government Act 1986 provides that council resources should never be used for purely political purposes.

Standards for England have published guidance on the use of local authority resource for political campaigning, both in their guide to the local authority members’ code of conduct and in their ‘Case Review’ for 2007. Both publications are available from Standards for England’s website at:

www.standardsforengland.gov.uk