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Notification of potential requests from political parties

One of our election responsibilities is to make available to candidates details of rooms available for hire for public meetings during their campaigns. These are in publicly funded buildings and include schools and libraries. We have steered candidates to the online directory for school information. Please note that there is no hire charge for the candidates for using these rooms, but they must pay for any expenses incurred, such as heating, lighting and cleaning, and for any damage to the premises. Are you able to advise schools via a newsletter etc that they may receive calls from candidates in the coming weeks?

 

The advice we will be giving candidates is:

 

You should contact the owner of the premises to make a booking, giving reasonable notice to reduce the risk of the request being refused. There is no hire charge for using these rooms, but you must pay for any expenses incurred, such as heating, lighting and cleaning, and for any damage to the premises. Your right to use the room does not include hours during which a school is used for educational purposes or when any prior letting of a room has been agreed.

 

 

Kirsty Hunt (She / Her / Hers)

Service Lead – Electoral and Democratic Services

Electoral and Democratic Services

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