Local Democracy Reporting Service

Local Democracy Reporting ServiceWaltham Forest Echo is one of more than 800 media outlets that have been granted access to news content generated by the BBC Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS). 

Launched in 2017, the LDRS has created up to 150 new journalism jobs to help fill a gap in the reporting of local democracy issues across the UK.

The journalists are funded by the BBC, but employed by regional news organisations. The news content they generate is then made available to other partner publicationsWaltham Forest Echo successfully applied to become one of these partners in December 2018.

The purpose of LDRS is to provide impartial coverage of the regular business and workings of local authorities in the UK, and other relevant democratic institutions. The brief of LDRS reporters is to report on the decision-making process; what decisions are made in the public’s name, how they are arrived at, and what evidence is presented to the council.

Any LDRS content published by Waltham Forest Echo is always attributed as First Name, Last Name, Local Democracy Reporter.

For more information about LDRS and how it works:
Visit bbc.co.uk/lnp//ldrsfaq