NEWS ROUNDUP: Stories which broke in PR Week’s absence last week - Committee backs SCUPRO

Local government press officers are winning their battle for greater professional freedom. Since 1988 they have been restricted by law from representing party views, in effect excluding all but the view of the council leadership. The select committee scrutinising the draft Local Government Bill has taken on board the arguments of The Society of County and Unitary PR Officers (SCUPRO) that the code be changed to allow press officers to promote a wider range of opinions and issues. The select committee stated last month: ’... the Code of Practice on Local Authority Publicity should be reviewed and where necessary amended to reflect the new arrangements proposed in the draft bill.’

Local government press officers are winning their battle for

greater professional freedom. Since 1988 they have been restricted by

law from representing party views, in effect excluding all but the view

of the council leadership. The select committee scrutinising the draft

Local Government Bill has taken on board the arguments of The Society of

County and Unitary PR Officers (SCUPRO) that the code be changed to

allow press officers to promote a wider range of opinions and issues.

The select committee stated last month: ’... the Code of Practice on

Local Authority Publicity should be reviewed and where necessary amended

to reflect the new arrangements proposed in the draft bill.’



Leader, p11.



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