Burnley Council introduces new social media policy

Lancashire Telegraph: Burnley Council introduces new social media policy Burnley Council introduces new social media policy

BURNLEY has become the latest council to introduce a social media policy to try and prevent councillors from slipping up online.

The policy covers councillors use of sites such as Facebook and Twitter, and urges councillors to take care over what they post on such platforms.

Pendle Council is currently in the process of introducing a social media strategy, while Hyndburn Council has a policy regarding the use of social media during meetings.

Blackburn with Darwen Council also has social media guidelines which are applicable to all council staff, while Rossendale and Ribble Valley Councils are not thought to have any policy in place at the moment.

Elaine Newsome, of Burnley Council, said: “Increasingly, members are utilising social media on both a personal and political basis, ‘posting’ to sites such as Twitter, Facebook and on local interest or news forums.

In line with this, complaints about councillors’ use of these facilities are becoming more prevalent across the country. Whilst no complaints of this nature have yet been received by the monitoring officer, concerns were expressed by the Standards Committee about the potential for members of the public to confuse the private and public capacity of councillors.”

Claire Tulloch, who leads social media for Pendle Council, said: “Our executive will be discussing our new social media strategy at their meeting next month. Our social media action plan includes offering support and advice to any councillors who’d like to use social media for communication.”

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7:38pm Thu 24 Jan 13

useyourhead says...

Slipping up or coming clean - you decide.
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It's about time we saw them as real folk - flaws included. Then maybe some progress will be made!
Slipping up or coming clean - you decide. - It's about time we saw them as real folk - flaws included. Then maybe some progress will be made! useyourhead

9:48pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Info-warrior says...

useyourhead wrote:
Slipping up or coming clean - you decide.
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It's about time we saw them as real folk - flaws included. Then maybe some progress will be made!
Question:
Does anybody feel that politicians are working in our favour..?
[quote][p][bold]useyourhead[/bold] wrote: Slipping up or coming clean - you decide. - It's about time we saw them as real folk - flaws included. Then maybe some progress will be made![/p][/quote]Question: Does anybody feel that politicians are working in our favour..? Info-warrior

9:49pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Info-warrior says...

useyourhead wrote:
Slipping up or coming clean - you decide.
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It's about time we saw them as real folk - flaws included. Then maybe some progress will be made!
Question:
Does anybody feel that politicians are working in our favour..?
[quote][p][bold]useyourhead[/bold] wrote: Slipping up or coming clean - you decide. - It's about time we saw them as real folk - flaws included. Then maybe some progress will be made![/p][/quote]Question: Does anybody feel that politicians are working in our favour..? Info-warrior

10:13pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Graham Hartley says...

Info-warrior wrote:
useyourhead wrote:
Slipping up or coming clean - you decide.
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It's about time we saw them as real folk - flaws included. Then maybe some progress will be made!
Question:
Does anybody feel that politicians are working in our favour..?
Info, your question can be understood in several ways; is there one person who claims that all politicians always work in our favour? Or perhaps do some approve of the actions taken by one politician to support a view which they hold in common? The answer can be 'yes', 'no' or 'three bags full'. Please reconsider, and ask again.
[quote][p][bold]Info-warrior[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]useyourhead[/bold] wrote: Slipping up or coming clean - you decide. - It's about time we saw them as real folk - flaws included. Then maybe some progress will be made![/p][/quote]Question: Does anybody feel that politicians are working in our favour..?[/p][/quote]Info, your question can be understood in several ways; is there one person who claims that all politicians always work in our favour? Or perhaps do some approve of the actions taken by one politician to support a view which they hold in common? The answer can be 'yes', 'no' or 'three bags full'. Please reconsider, and ask again. Graham Hartley

10:25pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Info-warrior says...

Graham Hartley wrote:
Info-warrior wrote:
useyourhead wrote:
Slipping up or coming clean - you decide.
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It's about time we saw them as real folk - flaws included. Then maybe some progress will be made!
Question:
Does anybody feel that politicians are working in our favour..?
Info, your question can be understood in several ways; is there one person who claims that all politicians always work in our favour? Or perhaps do some approve of the actions taken by one politician to support a view which they hold in common? The answer can be 'yes', 'no' or 'three bags full'. Please reconsider, and ask again.
Take a chill out bro...Not be long before fippancy is against the law in this tyrannical matrix...
[quote][p][bold]Graham Hartley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Info-warrior[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]useyourhead[/bold] wrote: Slipping up or coming clean - you decide. - It's about time we saw them as real folk - flaws included. Then maybe some progress will be made![/p][/quote]Question: Does anybody feel that politicians are working in our favour..?[/p][/quote]Info, your question can be understood in several ways; is there one person who claims that all politicians always work in our favour? Or perhaps do some approve of the actions taken by one politician to support a view which they hold in common? The answer can be 'yes', 'no' or 'three bags full'. Please reconsider, and ask again.[/p][/quote]Take a chill out bro...Not be long before fippancy is against the law in this tyrannical matrix... Info-warrior

12:16am Fri 25 Jan 13

useyourhead says...

Info-warrior wrote:
useyourhead wrote:
Slipping up or coming clean - you decide.
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It's about time we saw them as real folk - flaws included. Then maybe some progress will be made!
Question:
Does anybody feel that politicians are working in our favour..?
well what disturbs me is they seem to think they are, or start off that way at least.
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Then despite the best intentions they get sucked in to the aspirational asphyxiation that is politics, I considered trying to do something myself but concluded that the compromises would get greater and greater the further it went on/up (depending how your value system works) and that's not me, couldn't do it, no way!
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start off on the first bough with the best intentions but by the time you get high enough up the tree to be effective you have lost sight of the problems because of all the vegetation below, then it's out of sight out of mind and you just begin to feather your own nest and ultimately end up xxxxing on those below.
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How do they sleep?
[quote][p][bold]Info-warrior[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]useyourhead[/bold] wrote: Slipping up or coming clean - you decide. - It's about time we saw them as real folk - flaws included. Then maybe some progress will be made![/p][/quote]Question: Does anybody feel that politicians are working in our favour..?[/p][/quote]well what disturbs me is they seem to think they are, or start off that way at least. - Then despite the best intentions they get sucked in to the aspirational asphyxiation that is politics, I considered trying to do something myself but concluded that the compromises would get greater and greater the further it went on/up (depending how your value system works) and that's not me, couldn't do it, no way! - start off on the first bough with the best intentions but by the time you get high enough up the tree to be effective you have lost sight of the problems because of all the vegetation below, then it's out of sight out of mind and you just begin to feather your own nest and ultimately end up xxxxing on those below. - How do they sleep? useyourhead

1:20pm Fri 25 Jan 13

Jack Herer says...

Info-warrior wrote:
useyourhead wrote:
Slipping up or coming clean - you decide.
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It's about time we saw them as real folk - flaws included. Then maybe some progress will be made!
Question:
Does anybody feel that politicians are working in our favour..?
Two words; Tom Watson. Or Vince Cable. Or Norman Lamb. And many others.

Of course there is the other side of the coin - the likes of Nadine Dorries, Michael Groves, Hazel Blears, and sadly these days John Prescott - to only name a few unfortunately.

Then there's a load inbetween - who undoubtedly err towards the side of decency.

I think we do all right round here. Graham Jones - no complaints there - in fact good work that man. Gordon Birtwistle, again, no complaints - he is a world away from Kitty Ussher who possibly typified everything that's wrong with politics.

I genuinely don't think Jack Straw is a bad bloke either. Some bad decisions? Very probably. Unfortunate that his glory years coincided with arguably the most shameful of Labour's history under Blair and his dark entourage of Peter Mandelson and Alastair Campbell? Undoubtedly.

Many decent MPs are working in our favour but they are up against entrenched positions and processes - a top heavy public sector including the military, a financial system there for the benefit of the very rich and the detriment of the majority, lobbiests and so on and so forth. The fight against self interest is relentless, and they are often fighting other MPs.
[quote][p][bold]Info-warrior[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]useyourhead[/bold] wrote: Slipping up or coming clean - you decide. - It's about time we saw them as real folk - flaws included. Then maybe some progress will be made![/p][/quote]Question: Does anybody feel that politicians are working in our favour..?[/p][/quote]Two words; Tom Watson. Or Vince Cable. Or Norman Lamb. And many others. Of course there is the other side of the coin - the likes of Nadine Dorries, Michael Groves, Hazel Blears, and sadly these days John Prescott - to only name a few unfortunately. Then there's a load inbetween - who undoubtedly err towards the side of decency. I think we do all right round here. Graham Jones - no complaints there - in fact good work that man. Gordon Birtwistle, again, no complaints - he is a world away from Kitty Ussher who possibly typified everything that's wrong with politics. I genuinely don't think Jack Straw is a bad bloke either. Some bad decisions? Very probably. Unfortunate that his glory years coincided with arguably the most shameful of Labour's history under Blair and his dark entourage of Peter Mandelson and Alastair Campbell? Undoubtedly. Many decent MPs are working in our favour but they are up against entrenched positions and processes - a top heavy public sector including the military, a financial system there for the benefit of the very rich and the detriment of the majority, lobbiests and so on and so forth. The fight against self interest is relentless, and they are often fighting other MPs. Jack Herer

12:35pm Mon 28 Jan 13

jellybiff says...

Gordon Birtwistle, again, no complaints So what planet do you live on ??
this is the man who made people homeless and in debt in Burnley by denying them the relocation expenses after they had been thrown out of their homes so that the council could walk the path of so called intergration in Burnley Wood for one.
He is as bad as the rest of them on an ego trip.
Gordon Birtwistle, again, no complaints So what planet do you live on ?? this is the man who made people homeless and in debt in Burnley by denying them the relocation expenses after they had been thrown out of their homes so that the council could walk the path of so called intergration in Burnley Wood for one. He is as bad as the rest of them on an ego trip. jellybiff

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