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L Barnett made this Freedom of Information request to East Devon District Council

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Dear East Devon District Council,

Under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act, I wish to receive the following information from your authority:

1. The name, frequency and distribution/circulation of your council newspaper (by council newspaper I mean the most frequently published newspaper or magazine intended for mass distribution covering more than one topic)

2. How much it cost to produce and distribute said newspaper in the last full financial year, and how much was budgeted from council resources in the financial year 2009/2010

3. How much of that cost is offset by advertising

4. How much of that advertising, if any, comes from external sources (ie not from your authority's budgets)?

5. Which other public sector partners pay to run advertising in your newspaper, eg PCTs?

6. Whether recruitment advertising forms part of the advertising in your newspaper?

7. A copy of an editorial policy guide, if one exists, which governs the material which is placed in the newspaper, and how it is decided

8. A copy of an advertising policy guide, if one exists, which governs what sort of advertising is suitable.

9. The number of people employed to put your newspaper/newsletter together, including total cost and staff organisation chart

Some parts of this request may be easier to answer than others, and should this prove to be the case I would ask that you release available data as soon as possible rather than hold up the entire request.

I would prefer to receive this information electronically. If the decision is made to withhold some of this data using exemptions in Act, please inform me of that fact and cite the exemptions used.

If you need any clarification then please contact me at the email. Under your section 16 duty to provide advice and assistance I would expect you to contact me if you find this request unmanageable in any way.

I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request, and I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

Yours faithfully,

L Barnett

Kate Symington, East Devon District Council

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Kate Symington

Information and Complaints officer

01395 517417

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Bob Darbourne, East Devon District Council

Dear L Barnett,

Thank you for your FOI request that was received on 4 January. I am sorry that I could not provide answers to your 9 questions earlier but I am now in a position to do so.

1. The name, frequency and distribution/circulation of your council
newspaper (by council newspaper I mean the most frequently
published newspaper or magazine intended for mass distribution
covering more than one topic)?

East Devon Talk is published 3 times per year/every 4 months with 56,000 copies printed. 46,000 of those copies are delivered direct to households via free newspapers and the rest are distributed in various ways such as free at retail outlets in towns not covered by free newspapers.

2. How much it cost to produce and distribute said newspaper in the
last full financial year, and how much was budgeted from council
resources in the financial year 2009/2010?

£17,640 was the actual figure for last year and it is the same for the budget figure for this year.

3. How much of that cost is offset by advertising?

Nothing.

4. How much of that advertising, if any, comes from external
sources (ie not from your authority's budgets)?

Nothing.

5. Which other public sector partners pay to run advertising in
your newspaper, eg PCTs?

None.

6. Whether recruitment advertising forms part of the advertising in
your newspaper?

No.

7. A copy of an editorial policy guide, if one exists, which
governs the material which is placed in the newspaper, and how it
is decided.

Such a policy does not exist.

8. A copy of an advertising policy guide, if one exists, which
governs what sort of advertising is suitable.

Such a policy or guide does not exist.

9. The number of people employed to put your newspaper/newsletter
together, including total cost and staff organisation chart

No one is employed specifically to put together East Devon Talk. It is part of the job of the Communications Officer. The time he spends on putting together East Devon Talk is equivalent to £2,500 per year. He is part of the Communications and Improvement Team which is part of the Organisational Development Service.

I trust this concludes your request for information.

Should you wish to make a complaint about the way your request has been processed, please fill in our on-line complaint form at www.eastdevon.gov.uk or write to the Monitoring Officer, East Devon District Council, Knowle, Sidmouth EX10 8HL.

If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request or complaint, after it has been reviewed internally, you have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner at: The Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF. Telephone: 08456 30 60 60 or 01625 54 57 45. Website: www.ico.gov.uk. There is no charge for making an appeal.

Regards. Bob
Bob Darbourne
Communications and Improvement Manager
East Devon District Council
Knowle
Sidmouth
EX10 8HL
tel: 01395 517418 or ext: 2618
mobile: 077 3456 8857
email: [email address]
web: www.eastdevon.gov.uk

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Sent: Sunday, January 03, 2010 5:05:17 PM
To: Kate Symington
Subject: Freedom of Information request - C
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Dear East Devon District Council,

Under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act, I wish to
receive the following information from your authority:

1. The name, frequency and distribution/circulation of your council
newspaper (by council newspaper I mean the most frequently
published newspaper or magazine intended for mass distribution
covering more than one topic)

2. How much it cost to produce and distribute said newspaper in the
last full financial year, and how much was budgeted from council
resources in the financial year 2009/2010

3. How much of that cost is offset by advertising

4. How much of that advertising, if any, comes from external
sources (ie not from your authority's budgets)?

5. Which other public sector partners pay to run advertising in
your newspaper, eg PCTs?

6. Whether recruitment advertising forms part of the advertising in
your newspaper?

7. A copy of an editorial policy guide, if one exists, which
governs the material which is placed in the newspaper, and how it
is decided

8. A copy of an advertising policy guide, if one exists, which
governs what sort of advertising is suitable.

9. The number of people employed to put your newspaper/newsletter
together, including total cost and staff organisation chart

Some parts of this request may be easier to answer than others, and
should this prove to be the case I would ask that you release
available data as soon as possible rather than hold up the entire
request.

I would prefer to receive this information electronically. If the
decision is made to withhold some of this data using exemptions in
Act, please inform me of that fact and cite the exemptions used.

If you need any clarification then please contact me at the email.
Under your section 16 duty to provide advice and assistance I would
expect you to contact me if you find this request unmanageable in
any way.

I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have
received this request, and I look forward to hearing from you in
the near future.

Yours faithfully,

L Barnett

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