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Complainant Name:
Anne Jarvis

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Sheffield Star

Complaint:

Anne Jarvis complained that the newspaper had breached Clause 1 (Accuracy) when it reported a number of inaccurate figures relating to a poll held to decide the future of Wales Parish Council.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published a prominent correction in the following terms:

On July 18 we published an article headlined "Poll cost council £10,000 - and 11 villagers asked for it". It reported on a referendum on whether to disband Wales Parish Council and contained a number of inaccurate figures. We stated that the referendum would cost £10,000. At the time the cost was not known. It is now known that the poll cost £3,687.91p. We further stated that Wales parish has 6,000 voters. The exact number is 5,256. We further stated that, through their council tax payments, parishioners pay an annual precept of £25 to the parish council. The precept actually ranges from £42.12 for a Band A property to £126.36 for a Band H property. We apologise for the inaccuracies printed in the article.

Report: 79



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