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LGIU ARTICLE WAS 'CLOSE TO ILLEGAL'

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A district auditor has warned a council affiliated to the Local Government Information Unit that an LGIU article co...
A district auditor has warned a council affiliated to the Local Government Information Unit that an LGIU article comes 'perilously close' to breaching the law on council publicity.

Hove BC has been asked by district auditor Paul Claydon to seek assurances from the LGIU that it is careful to produce politically balanced material which does not place subscribing councils in danger of breaching s2(3) of the Local Government Act 1986.

Conservative Hove member Brian Oxley complained to the auditor about an article in the LGIU's Equalities News attacking the government for its 'anti-equality programme' of legislation.

In a letter to Mr Oxley, Mr Claydon said: 'In my view some of the language in the article is emotive and is perilously close to the boundary of what is acceptable publicity within the terms of the Act.'

But he said he was 'not fully persuaded' Hove's subscription to the LGIU constituted a breach of the law.
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