2019 local elections: purdah considerations for NHS foundation trusts and trusts

This briefing outlines considerations for NHS foundation trusts and trusts in the period of time known as the pre-election period, or ‘purdah’, leading up to the 2019 English local elections on Thursday 2 May and the European Parliament elections on 23 May.

Local government elections will take place in 249 local authorities in England and all of Northern Ireland's local councils.

Following confirmation of an extension to the process of exiting the European Union (EU) to 31 October 2019, the UK is preparing to take part in the European Parliament elections, which take place on 23 May 2019. Although it is the government’s stated intention to leave the EU before these elections, as the European Parliament elections are three weeks away, it is prudent to work on the basis that they will go ahead. This means that the pre-election period will not end on 2 May, but will continue until the 23 May.

The briefing highlights the practical implications around provider activities and communication during purdah. 

Download the full briefing for rules and regulations for NHS foundation trusts and trusts during purdah.

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