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Complainant Name:
Cllr Veronyca Bates Hughes

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: South Wales Evening Post


Cllr Veronyca Bates Hughes of Swansea Council complained to the Press Complaints Commission about an article which stated that she was paid £597 to chair a single 5 minute West Area Planning Committee meeting. She said that the article was inaccurate and misleading.


The complaint was resolved when the newspaper agreed to remove the online article and publish the following clarification:

Further to our article of 22 June 'Taxpayers hit with bill for five-minute committee meeting', we would like to make clear that it is not the case that Cllr Bates Hughes was paid £597 for chairing a single five minute meeting. The role of Chair of the Local Planning Committee involves a wide range of duties, of which the actual chairing of formal meetings constitutes only a limited part. We are happy to make this clear.

Date Published: 13/10/2010

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