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Complainant Name:
Mr Richard Steer

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Hartlepool Mail


Mr Richard Steer of Hartlepool complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an article which claimed that the government had decided to scrap funding for the charity Booktrust was inaccurate at the time of publication. He said that the newspaper's report failed to take account of an announcement made the day before, which stated that funding was set to continue.


The matter was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following clarification in the newspaper:

In our article of December 28 ‘Brought to book over loss of cash' we reported that the Government had decided to scrap funding for the UK charity Booktrust. We have been asked to make clear that this information we had received had been updated on December 27 with a joint statement from Booktrust and the Government saying "some level" of funding could be restored once the current deal expires in April.

The current situation has since been reported twice in the Mail and, at the time of going to press, there are no further updates to report.

Date Published: 11/03/2011

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