District auditor sides with East End Life

The district auditor has thrown out a complaint against Tower Hamlets' weekly East End Life publication.

Takki Sulaiman: 'Pleasing'

Tower Hamlets Conservative opposition leader Peter Golds first reported the council's publication to the district auditor in July. It has now emerged that the district auditor wrote to Golds on 26 September to explain that it is not minded to take any further actions against the council-run newspaper.

The district auditor is understood to have written: 'The council's interpretation is very similar to my own,' with regard to the Code of Recommended Practice on Local Authority Publicity. Among the code's recommendations is one that suggests councils only print newspapers four times a year.

Tower Hamlets head of comms Takki Sulaiman responded: 'East End Life has just come through a stringent review process where it not only had to ensure compliance with the Government's new guidelines but had to ensure it was cost-effective.

'The revised East End Life meets these conditions and it is pleasing that the district auditor agrees we have had regard to the new publicity code.'

In June, Tower Hamlets Council said it planned to continue publishing at the same frequency, explaining this would be the most 'cost-effective and popular' option.

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