Cabinet Office: EU referendum – Guidance for UK government departments on activities during the period 27 May to 23 June: guidance to civil servants and special advisers ahead of the EU referendum on 23 June 2016. It states that the normal business of government will continue throughout the period of the campaign. However, unlike other ‘purdah’ periods, specific statutory restrictions apply to certain government activity during this period. In particular, the European Union Referendum Act 2015 and the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 impose restrictions on the publication of material by Ministers and public bodies in the 28 days before the referendum. The guidance applies to all staff working in the UK Government, its agencies, non-departmental public bodies and those arm’s length bodies whose expenses are wholly or mainly met from public funds; local authorities should also take note of the advice and the statutory restrictions. (12 May 2016)