We were in the pre-election period (Purdah) for the local authority elections – until after elections took place on 4 May 2017.
The Code of Practice on Local Authority Resources prevents the use of public resources for party political purposes. Some key points that were relevant to us:
We may be approached by electoral candidates with requests for information or to visit part of the estate. All such requests should be put in writing via the office email address so they can be logged and responded to appropriately.
As officers of the OPCC we are in a politically restricted post and therefore must remain impartial at all times. Any interaction, no matter how small, could be used to show support for – or opposition to – a candidate, a party or a position. This includes personal use of social or digital media accounts.
As a reminder holders of politically restricted posts are prevented from: