Purdah - Guidance for elected members and LA Staff

Information on the pre-election period informally known as "purdah".

Introduction/Background 

Formal notice of the Parliamentary elections will be published on 11 November 2019 following the dissolution of Parliament.  The formal legal restrictions will apply to Council actions from 06 November 2019 until the close of polls on 12th December 2019.  This pre-election period is informally known as "purdah".

It is important that you understand the implications of purdah and the restrictions in broad terms, in order to ensure that neither the council nor you personally are put at risk of challenge or prosecution.

You should bear in mind that even during the period before 11 November 2019, the conduct of all council business will become increasingly politicised and come under greater scrutiny as the elections approach. In practice, we are already working in the pre-election period.

Please pass on this guidance to any partners or external organisations who work closely with the council and who may be impacted by purdah restrictions.

Purdah guidance can be found in the documents below. 

Icon for pdf Purdah - Member and Officer Advice [117.41KB]
Icon for pdf Purdah - Social Media [192.33KB]
Icon for pdf Purdah FAQs [92.72KB]

PURDAH LGA Guidance