Dear Solihull 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

Summerill, Joanne (Strategic Services - Solihull MBC), Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear L Barnett

Freedom of Information request - Ref 1823

Thank you for your request for information about a council newspaper,
which we received on 3 January 2010. Your request is being considered
under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) and we will
aim to provide you with a response by 1 February 2010.

For your information, the Act defines a number of exemptions which may
prevent release of the information you have requested. If this is the case
you will be advised of any considerations, subsequent decisions and your
rights of appeal. There may be a fee payable for this information. This
will be considered and you will be informed if a fee is payable.

Most of the information that we provide in response to FOIA requests will
be subject to copyright protection. In most cases the copyright will be
owned by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council. The copyright in other
information may be owned by another person or organisation, as indicated
in the information itself. You are free to use any information supplied
for your own use including news reporting. However, any other type of
re-use, for example, commercial use, publishing the information or issuing
copies to the public will require the permission of the copyright owner.

Advice on the Freedom of Information Act is available from the Information
Commissioners Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9
5AF, telephone: 01625 545 700, website:
[1]http://www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.

Yours sincerely

Joanne Summerill

Information Governance Assistant

Information Governance Team

Commissioning Division

Tel: 0121 704 6169

Email [2][email address]

Website: [3]http://www.solihull.gov.uk

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Summerill, Joanne (Strategic Services - Solihull MBC), Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear L Barnett

Freedom of Information request - Ref No 1823

I am writing further to your request for information about the council
newspaper. We received it on 3 January 2010. We have answered your
questions below.

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)

The council magazine is published four times per year. It is called "Your
Solihull". It is distributed to households in the Borough and extra
editions are available at some public libraries. There are 96500 copies
per edition.

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

2008/09 £52710

2009/10 £51500 budget for all four editions .

3. How much of that cost is offset by advertising

None - we have no paid for advertising in Your Solihull.

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

Not applicable

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

Not applicable

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

Not applicable

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

The Editor makes the final decision on content.

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

Not applicable

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

No staff are employed specifically to produce Your Solihull. Communication
staff work on the publication as part of their duties.

I hope that the information that we have provided is to your
satisfaction. You are free to use any information supplied for your own
use, including for non-commercial research purposes. The information may
also be used for the purposes of news reporting. However, any other type
of re-use, for example, by publishing the information or issuing copies to
the public will require the permission of the copyright owner. For
information on how to apply for permission where the copyright is owned by
the Council please refer to the Council's website
[1]http://www.solihull.gov.uk/democracy/pub.... For
information where the copyright is owned by another person or
organisation, you must apply to the copyright owner to obtain their
permission.

If you are unhappy with the service that you have received in relation to
your request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our
decision you should write to Andrew Shipway, Corporate Information
Governance Manager, PO Box 18, Council House, Solihull, West Midlands B91
9QS or email [2][Solihull Borough Council request email] by 15 February 2010. I enclose a
copy of the Complaints and Appeals procedure that gives further details.

If you are not content with the outcome of your review or complaint, you
may apply directly to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for a
decision. Generally the ICO cannot make a decision until you have
exhausted the complaints procedure provided by the Council. The
Information Commissioner can be contacted at Wycliffe House, Water Lane,
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF, telephone: 01625 545 700, website:
[3]http://www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.

Should you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact
me.

Yours sincerely

Joanne Summerill

Information Governance Assistant

Commissioning Division

Tel: 0121 704 6169

Email [4][email address]

Website: [5]http://www.solihull.gov.uk

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