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Dear Stockport 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

FOI Officer, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear L Barnett,

Thank you for your request for information below which has been given
reference FOI 2510. Please quote this on any correspondence regarding your
request.

Stockport Council will respond to your request within 20 working days. If
there will be a charge for disbursements e.g. photocopying in order to
provide the information, we will inform you as soon as possible to see if
you wish to proceed; however such charges are usually waived if they
amount to less than £10.

Yours sincerely,

Claire Naven

Claire Naven

Data Protection & Freedom of Information Officer

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

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FOI Officer, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear L Barnett,

I am writing in response to your request for information below (Ref 2510).

The information you requested is as follows:

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 civic newspaper is called The Stockport Review. This is issued six
times a year (every other month). It is distributed to all of Stockport's
123,000 households.

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

2008-9 total spend £130,103.78

2009-10 budget £147,538.00

3. How much of that cost is offset by advertising

The civic newspaper is mainly supported by the Council and partners. The
amount of Advertising Revenue from external advertisers in the last
financial year 2008-9 was £7,365.00

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

2008-09 - £7,365.00

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

This varies from issue to issue, but in the past this has included
partners such as NHS Stockport, the Greater Manchester Police Authority,
Stockport Homes and the colleges in Stockport.

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

The content is determined by the Council's priorities and the borough's
Sustainable Community Strategy. The framework within which all Council
communications are delivered is the Council's Communications Strategy.

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

Guidance covers which types of advertising are not allowed e.g.
advertising that promotes tobacco, alcohol etc.

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

No people are employed solely to put the newspaper/newsletter together.

If you are unhappy with the way we have handled your request you are
entitled to ask for an internal review. Any internal review will be
carried out by a senior member of staff who was not involved with your
original request. To ask for an internal review, contact
[1][email address] in the first instance.

If you are unhappy with the outcome of any internal review, you are
entitled to complain to the Information Commissioner. To do so, contact:

Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

[2]www.ico.gov.uk

01625 545 745

Yours sincerely,

Claire Naven

Claire Naven

Data Protection & Freedom of Information Officer

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

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