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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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