BBC Complaints: The link you need!

Wednesday, 3 March 2010


Fairness was discussed at 7.19 on this morning's Today programme:

Who should pick up the bill if a mentally ill person is put in a care home outside the area where they live? That is the question that will be argued in the High Court today in a dispute between two local authorities: the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham and Sutton Council. Colin Stears of Sutton Council outlines the issue.

The programme's treatment of the dispute, however, was far from fair. As you can see from the above blurb, only one side of the dispute was present. Councillor Stears, given a sympathetic hearing by John Humphrys, is a Lib Dem and Sutton is a Lib Dem council. Hammersmith & Fulham, however, is a Conservative council. Why was no-one from Hammersmith & Fulham invited on to give their side of the story?

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