New proposals to stop taxpayers' money being squandered on town hall newspapers or hired lobbyists have been announced by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles. The move signals the end of H&F council's fortnightly propaganda paper, H&F News.
A consultation published today outlines new proposals to tighten up the publicity rules for councils so they guard against campaigning with public funds.
The proposals set out specific rules to stop municipal newspapers being published more often than four times a year and to prevent the hiring of lobbyists. Instead, Ministers say councils should redirect resources into protecting front-line services.
H&F leader Cllr Greenhalgh and his fellow Tories look like they have been squashed by Pickles. So farewell then H&F News...