Council paper clamp-down announced

Local authorities will be prevented from producing more than four newspapers a year, and ‘propaganda papers’ will no longer allowed under new rules proposed today by UK Communities Secretary Eric Pickles

Initiating a six week consultation of the draft regulations, Pickles, a combative former leader of Bradford Metropolitan District Council, said:  “An independent local press is an essential part of our open democracy helping local people scrutinise and hold elected councillors to account. The rules around council publicity have been too weak for too long allowing public money to be spent on frivolous town hall propaganda papers that have left many local newspapers looking over the abyss – weakening our free press”.

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