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Governance and Accountability

The PCC is committed to ensuring that its work and procedures are transparent and open to scrutiny. In addition to the information given below,

In August 2009, the Chairman of the PCC announced an independent review of the PCC's governance procedures. Please click here to visit the web pages of the review, which gives more details. The report of the independent governance review was published in July 2010 and can be downloaded here. The Commission published a response in December 2010 which can be read here.

In November 2012, Lord Hunt, Chair of the PCC, responded to the publication of Lord Justice Leveson's Report.

Following the recommendations Sir Brian Leveson made in his Report published in November 2012, the magazine and newspaper industries have been creating a new, self-regulatory body - the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), in accordance with the Leveson principles. The target date for IPSO to commence operations is 1 May 2014. Barring unforeseen circumstances, the PCC will therefore be closing down on 30 April.

The information below reflects the current arrangements, which may be subject to changes in the coming months.

How we are funded

The PCC is funded by the newspaper and magazine industry but operates independently of it. Newspapers and magazines pay an annual levy to the Press Standards Board of Finance (Pressbof), an organisation modelled on the self-regulatory system established by the advertising industry in 1974. This arrangement ensures secure financial support for the PCC, while its complete independence is at the same time guaranteed by a majority of lay members. The PCC receives no government funding and is free from statutory control. An overview of the benefits of the self regulatory system can be found here.

Complaints about the PCC

The PCC is confident of offering a first-rate service to members of the public, and regularly receives excellent feedback from complainants. However, if complainants have concerns about the manner in which their complaints have been handled by the Commission, they can write (within one month of the conclusion of the complaint) to the Independent Reviewer.

Articles of Association

This document sets out the PCC’s rules for the running of its internal affairs under the Companies Act 1985, and can be accessed here. Please also refer to the PCC's Procedures for the Consideration of Complaints which can be seen here.

Register of Interests

The Register of Interests records the professional and public interests held by members and Directors of the PCC, and is available here.

Rules on conflict of interest

This document sets out the PCC’s rules on conflict of interest for its Directors and members, and is available here.

Minutes of Commission and Directors' meetings

The PCC now publishes the minutes of its meetings.

The PCC now publishes the minutes of its Directors' meetings.

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