Communities department stands firm on ban

The Department for Communities and Local Government is set to stand up to Hammersmith & Fulham Council if it goes ahead with plans to get around the proposed ban on frequently produced council magazines.

H&F News: going independent

Local authorities are expected to have to reduce council publications to just four a year as a result of the revised Code of Recommended Practice on Local Authority Publicity.

Hammersmith & Fulham revealed plans to get around the new limitations by transferring the fortnightly publication of H&F News to an independent news provider (PRWeek, 8 October).

But paragraph 28 of the proposed code states that the ruling would also cover commissioning. A DCLG source said it would be unlawful for councils to disregard the new code once it came into force.

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