Havering Council fortnightly mag cut to quarterly
�Havering Council’s controversial fortnightly newspaper Living will be cut to four editions a year.
The change is a result of a government diktat, limiting local authority newspapers.
Cllr Michael White, leader of Havering Council, hailed the paper – which costs taxpayers �88,000 a year – a “tremendous success”.
He said: “It’s been well-received by residents and very popular with local businesses. In fact, the advertising revenue meant it virtually paid for itself.
“These are challenging times for all councils, so it’s vital that we keep people informed about the services we provide and the changes we face – whether that’s through a magazine, the Internet or local papers.”
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But Living only features Tory administration cabinet members, apparently turning legislation which bans the promotion of political parties to Conservative advantage.
- 1 Liverpool Street to Shenfield line suspended as person hit by train
- 2 'Important' ATMs removed from Romford shopping mall
- 3 Upminster chef named best in the country with award
- 4 Brentwood deaths: Teen charged with double murder to appear in court
- 5 Two in hospital after crash in Upminster involving 'stolen' van
- 6 Men questioned and 200 hours of CCTV seized after boys killed in Brentwood
- 7 End 8am scramble to secure GP appointments, watchdog warns
- 8 East London police officer charged with rape
- 9 ATMs to be reinstalled in shopping mall in 'more prominent location'
- 10 Post delays reported in Harold Hill as Royal Mail confirms staff shortages
Opposition parties, including the Residents’ Association (RA), have expressed concerns over cost, frequency and political favouritism.
Cllr Clarence Barrett, RA leader, said: “It is noticeable stories in Living usually dwell on council successes and quote only Tory councillors.
“By doing so, the paper is perpetuating the impression that it is propaganda masquerading as journalism – taking on the role of a fully fledged newspaper while being subsidised by council tax payers.”