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'Disappointment' as NHS group avoids council meeting - because there's elections coming up

A council leader has sounded her disappointment after a health body pulled out of a meeting due to "purdah".

Redcar and Cleveland councillors were due to hear an update on "primary care networks" and changes to health services from South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) on Tuesday afternoon.

But to a backdrop of exasperated councillors, council officer Alison Pearson told members the CCG wouldn't be turning up.

Because it's an election year, the rules for what public bodies can and can't do become stricter.

Six weeks before polling day, public bodies go into "purdah" - meaning they are restricted in what they can and cannot say or do.

In short, if a "reasonable" person could conclude public money was being spent to influence the outcome of the election through an action, then a council or public body cannot do this during the pre-election purdah period.

This period started on March 18 and will last until the polls close in local council elections on May 2.