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Purdah Content - Guidance for elected members and LA Staff

Introduction/Background

Formal notice of the Parliamentary elections will be published on 31st March 2015; the formal notice of the local elections (District and Parish) will be published on 23 March 2015.  The formal legal restrictions will apply to Council actions from 30 March 2015 until the close of polls on 7th May 2015.  However, as the Notice of Election is being published a week early, it is prudent that they are applied from this earlier date. This pre-election period is informally known as "purdah".

It is important that you understand the implications of purdah and the restrictions in broad terms, in order to ensure that neither the council nor you personally are put at risk of challenge or prosecution.

You should bear in mind that even during the period before 23 March 2015, the conduct of all council business will become increasingly politicised and come under greater scrutiny as the elections approach. In practice, we are already working in the pre-election period.

Please pass on this guidance to any partners or external organisations who work closely with the council and who may be impacted by purdah restrictions.

Purdah guidance can be found in the documents below.

Last modified: 09 April 2015