Local authorities have a duty not to spend public money on propaganda for a political party. Section 4 of the Local Government Act 1986 provides for a Code of recommended practice as regards publicity. Councils which fail to follow its requirements may find themselves in breach of s 2 of the LGA 1986 and subject to judicial review. Hence councils act with caution in this area. Declan O’Dempsey writes about recent work on the Local Audit and Accountability Bill, which should encourage local authorities to rebut factually inaccurate stories put out by political parties, perhaps event during the election “purdah” period.
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