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Complainant Name:
Tower Hamlets Council

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Evening Standard

Complaint:

Tower Hamlets Council complained that a number of articles by Andrew Gilligan had inaccurately claimed that council tenants in Tower Hamlets were being offered a £4,000 bribe to vote ‘yes’ in the Housing Choice Ballot. In fact, Tower Hamlets Council explained that this was a statutory payment available to any tenant if their home was to be demolished, and was not a bribe or in any way related to the voting process.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following clarification:

We have been asked to point out that our heading "£4,000 bribe offered in bid to sell off run-down estate" on our report of 21 September referred to a £3,800 statutory payment available nationally to any tenant whose home is to be demolished. Tower Hamlets Council say that it was not a "bribe" and was unconnected with the stock transfer voting process. We are happy to clarify this.

Report: 75



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