Its Purdah out there (soon!)
On Thursday 7th May the General Election will take place. At the same time there will be town and parish elections as well as elections in most district and borough councils in East Sussex. From 26th March until election day is a period of heightened political sensitivity, known as ‘purdah’. Purdah mainly affects local government and national government bodies but there are also implications for the voluntary and community sector, especially those organisations that receive support from local authorities.
The Charity Commission has produced guidance for use by charities during the period between the announcement of an election, and the date on which an election is held. It applies to both national and local elections – Charities, Elections and Referendums
We think this has wider applicability for organisations within the voluntary and community sector that are not registered charities and would strongly recommend that you read it and assess the implications for your organisation.
East Sussex County Council and the five district and borough councils have agreed the approach they intend to take towards purdah – the guidance they are using is attached.
Further information and guidance is available by following the links below:
- Publicity restrictions in the pre-election ‘purdah’ period
- General Election
- District and Borough Elections