NUJ Press & PR


NUJ PR & Communications branch
c/o NUJ HQ 72 Acton Street, London, WC1X 9NB.
0207843 3700.

PR & Communications Branch Organiser: Fiona Swarbrick 0207 843 3729

Chair: John Millington

Vice Chair: Debbie Cavaldoro

Branch Secretary: Mark Whitehead 07906720141

Branch Treasurer: Carmel McHenry

Auditors: Charles Harkness & Barry White

Newsletter Editor: Lisa Browne

Branch Web Managers: Mick Holder & Barry White

Branch Equality Officer: Shumon Ali-Rahman

Welfare Officer Natasha Wright

DM Convenor Anita Halpin

Sector NEC member: Sian Jones

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Branch meetings from May 2018

New Venue NUJ HQ Headland House, 72 Acton Street, London, WC1 9 NB. The building is fully accessible. The nearest tube/station is King's Cross/St Pancras International.

Meetings 2018: Wednesdays 6.30pm 10 January (AGM). 14 February (Conference business). No meeting in March. 11 April (including pre- Delegate Meeting matters) 9 May (including report back from the Delegate Meeting) 13 June and 11 July. meetings at NUJ HQ, Headland House, 72 Acton Street, Kings Cross, London WC1.

Council To Decide Whether To Take Government To Court Over Its Illegal Newsletter Tomorrow

by Alice Richardson, Waltham Forest

A council will decide whether or not to take the Government to court over its illegal newsletter tomorrow.

At a cabinet meeting on Tuesday June 5 from 2pm onwards, Waltham Forest Council will decide whether or not to try and take the Secretary of State for Local Government to judicial review.

In April this year, the Secretary of State issued Waltham Forest Council with a directive, instructing it to cease publishing its newsletter, Waltham Forest News, twice a month.

The Government has issued multiple orders to the same effect in recent years, but the council has continued to ignore them.

According to the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, councils are legally only allowed to publish a newsletter four times a year.

Waltham Forest Council has been publishing Waltham Forest News twice a month, or 24 copies a year, illegally for more than seven years.

In 2017/18, cost of publishing and distributing the Waltham Forest News cost the Waltham Forest tax payer £370,300.

Tomorrow, the cabinet will vote on whether or not to apply for a judicial review hearing to fight the government’s directive, which the council claims is “unlawful,” at further cost to the tax payer.

A full report of the council’s cabinet decision will follow the meeting tomorrow.

Item uploaded: Monday, June 04 2018
Last modified: Monday, June 4, 2018

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