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New survey of council secrecy

A nationwide survey of secrecy in local government has been launched by the Society of Editors.

It aims to find out which councils are planning cabinet-style executive committees and which of them will meet in secret.

The survey follows one carried out by the society in the North of Eangland.

Executive director Bob Satchwell says: “It is vital that we build up a picture of councils that are taking the opportunity of legislation that is still going through Parliament to return to their secret ways.”

To take part, visit the society’s website at

  • Places can still be booked at the society’s spring seminar, In The Public Interest, at Warwick on May 3 (World Press Freedom Day). Contributors will include Data Protection Registrar Elizabeth France; Maurice Frankel, of the Campaign for Freedom of Information; a senior judge, police and council officers and Government ministers.

    See the society’s website for more details.

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