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L Barnett made this Freedom of Information request to Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council

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Dear Welwyn Hatfield 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

Ian Colyer, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council

Dear Sir or Madam,

 

Thank you for your request for information received on 4th January 2010.

 

The Council’s policy is to release information unless an exemption can be
reasonably applied.  The Council will respond within 20 working days by
either releasing the information or letting you know why it cannot release
the information.  If for any reason it is not possible to respond within
the 20 days, we will let you know as soon as possible with the date by
which we anticipate we are able to respond. 

 

For your information, the Freedom of Information Act 2000 defines a number
of exemptions, which may prevent release of the information you have
requested.  There will be an assessment of your request and if any of the
exemption categories apply then the information may not be released.  You
will be informed if this is the case, including your rights of appeal
against the refusal to disclose the information.

 

If the information you request concerns a third party then they may be
consulted prior to a decision being taken on whether or not to release the
information to you.  You will be informed if this is the case.

 

If you have any queries or concerns then please contact Ian Colyer,
Freedom of Information Officer, Welwyn Hatfield Council, Council Offices,
The Campus, Welwyn Garden City, Herts. AL8 6LA, Tel: 01707 357413, email:
[1][Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council request email] .

 

Further information is also available from the Information Commissioner
at:

Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House, Water Lane

Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF

Telephone: 01625 545 700

[2]http://www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk

 

Yours sincerely

 

Ian Colyer,

Freedom of Information Officer

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council

 

 

 

 

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Ian Colyer, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council

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Dear Sir or Madam,

 

Thank you for your request for information received on 5^th January 2010. 
I have set out the Council’s response 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) – LIFE magazine is produced four times a year and is
distributed to 46,000 properties.

    

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 – Each issue costs between £9,000-£10,000 to
produce (design and print) and distribute.  This is covered in 2009/10
budget and 2008/09 budget over three areas – Design, print and
distribution of corporate literature.

    

3. How much of that cost is offset by advertising – For 2009/10 £450

    

4. How much of that advertising, if any, comes from external sources (i.e.
not from your authority's budgets)? - None

    

5. Which other public sector partners pay to run advertising in your
newspaper, e.g. PCTs? – The Council only accepts advertising from other
public sector organisations.

    

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 – Copy attached

    

8. A copy of an advertising policy guide, if one exists, which governs
what sort of advertising is suitable. – An informal policy exists that is
not documented.  Local public sector partners are encouraged to take out
advertising if they have a key message to get across.  We do also include
unpaid local strategic partnership articles in the magazine.

    

9. The number of people employed to put your newspaper/newsletter
together, including total cost and staff organisation chart – There is no
team that is employed to put the magazine together.  It is one of the many
functions that the corporate communications team carry out.  It is
impossible to give an employee salary attached to producing the magazine.

 

I hope this satisfies your request but if you have any queries or concerns
then please contact Ian Colyer, Freedom of Information Officer, Welwyn
Hatfield Council, Council Offices, The Campus, Welwyn Garden City, Herts
AL8 6LA, Telephone: 01707 357413, Email: [1][Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council request email] . I
enclose a copy of the Freedom of Information complaint procedure.

 

Further information is also available from the Information Commissioner
at:

Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire SK9 5AF

Telephone: 01625 545 700

[2]www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Ian Colyer

Freedom of Information Officer

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council

 

 

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