Pre-election guidance: How to remain impartial

Everything you need to know about how to remain impartial during a local or national government pre-election period (previously known as ‘purdah’)
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About this resource

In the run up to a national or local Government election, it is critical that all members of the Healthwatch network continue to act in a politically neutral way. This resource aims to give you the guidance you need to remain impartial during the pre-election period (previously known as ‘purdah’).

This resource includes:

  • Important points for you, your board and operational team to consider when it comes to the pre-election period.
  • The guidance covers publications, media and social media activity, as well as working in partnership.
  • Information on how Healthwatch England will be operating during this period.

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Guidance last updated on 01 March 2021.

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