Dear Newtownabbey Borough 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

Newtownabbey Borough Council

Automated Response Re: Freedom of Information request - Council newspaper

Date: Sun, 03 Jan 2010 18:37:34 +0000

Thank you for your email which has been received by the Council and will be forwarded to the appropriate section.

Newtownabbey Borough Council
Mossley Mill
Newtownabbey
BT36 5QA

Tel: 028 9034 0000
Fax: 028 9034 0043
Textphone: 028 9034 0109

Send a text to: 07816 225 290 (starting the message with NBC)

Email: [Newtownabbey Borough Council request email]
Web: www.newtownabbey.gov.uk

Caroline McIlroy, Newtownabbey Borough Council

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Our Ref: FOI/393/01/10

04 January 2010

Dear Ms Barnett

Thank you for your request for information regarding Council newspaper.

We are now commencing the process of dealing with your request.

We enclose an explanatory leaflet regarding the Freedom of Information Act
2000. Please contact us if you require any further information regarding
the process.

Thank you for your interest

Yours sincerely

pp

Helen McBride

Corporate Improvement Manager

ENC

Caroline McIlroy

Administration Officer

Corporate Services

Newtownabbey Borough Council

Tele: 028 9034 0034

Email: [email address]

Caroline McIlroy, Newtownabbey Borough Council

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Our Ref: FOI/393/01/10

28 January 2010

Dear Ms Barnett

I refer to your request for information re Council newspaper and our
previous correspondence on this matter of 4 January 2010.

Please find attached a schedule giving details of the information we have
released with a copy of this information.

Anyone who has requested information has rights of appeal against our
decisions to withhold information, about the amount of fees we have
decided to charge or if they are generally dissatisfied with the way their
request has been handled. These rights consist of two review processes.
First, by using our internal complaints procedure by writing to the
Corporate Improvement Manager; secondly by appealing to the Office of the
Information Commissioner. The Commissioner expects that the internal
complaints procedure is completed before an appeal is made.

If you have any queries about this correspondence or the information
attached please contact the Corporate Improvement Manager at Mossley Mill,
Telephone

028 9034 0038, Fax 028 9034 0062 or e-mail [1][Newtownabbey Borough Council request email]

Yours sincerely

pp

Helen McBride

Corporate Improvement Manager

Enc.

Caroline McIlroy

Administration Officer

Corporate Services

Newtownabbey Borough Council

Tele: 028 9034 0034

Email: [email address]

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