DCLG warns councils of publicity code breach

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has written to six local authorities to warn they may be breaking the publicity code on council communications, which can now be enforced by Government.

A letter has been sent out to Nottingham, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Greenwich and Hackney councils by DCLG undersecretary of state Brandon Lewis, who last year defended moves that include clamping down on how regularly councils can publish newsletters amid protest from local government PRs.

It states: 'I can see no reason for any council not to comply with the code – non-compliance would, I believe, invariably involve an unacceptable waste of taxpayers’ money.'

Responding, LGA director of communications David Holdstock said the body had "raised concerns" about the code "hampering councils' ability to communicate effectively with local residents".

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