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Formed by Parish Councils - Run for Parish Councils - Delivering to Parish Councils Parish &Town Councils and Referendums Jake Atkinson Chief Officer, LRALC
Publicity n n n The council may publicise the referendum to encourage electors to vote and supply factual information with regard to the Neighbourhood Plan within the area. There is a purdah period of 28 days prior to the referendum when the publicity is restricted but information and encouragement of voters as above would be exempt. They must be mindful that the publicity is not directed at electors to promote a ‘Yes’ campaign etc.
Expenses n n n But if members of the parish council wish to act independently using independent funds to promote a yes campaign they can do so. The council and any independent campaigners are restricted to the following expenses for the Referendum and should ensure that the maximum limit is not exceeded – £ 2, 362 plus 5. 9 pence for each entry in the register of electors used for the Neighbourhood Planning Referendum.
Expenses e. g. a parish with 1200 electors would be 1200 x 5. 9 = £ 70. 80 plus £ 2362 = £ 2432. 80.
Expenses………. . mean the expenses incurred by or on behalf of any individual or body during the referendum period in relation to n Advertising of any nature n Unsolicited material addressed to voters n Information about the referendum, information about the question, arguments for and against n Market research or canvassing n Provision of any property, services or facilities in connection with press conferences or dealings with the media n Transport of persons to anywhere with a view to obtaining publicity in connection with a referendum campaign n Rallies and other events, including public meetings.
Key points - publicity n n Some key issues that apply to publicity during the period leading up to the N’hood Plan Referendum. Period runs from publication date of the information statement (a minimum of 28 days before the date of the referendum) to the date of the referendum. Councillors can create their own publicity, provided Council resources are not used. All Councillors must comply with the provisions of the adopted Code of Conduct.
Key points - publicity n n n Must be careful to ensure Council “machinery” is not allowed to be used by anyone in relation to the referendum. “Purdah” rules apply. Cllrs in the N’hood Plan Area must maintain a clear distinction between their official duties as a serving Cllr and their involvement with a campaign relating to the referendum. For details of purdah rules see “Publicity Code: Code of Recommended Practice” here: www. leicestershireandrutlandalc. gov. uk/elections. html
Finally…… If you are unsure then the parish council should take advice from: n n LRALC – 0116 2353800 Harborough District Council – 01858 828282