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Dear Angus 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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This requestor refers to section 16 in regards to assistance.

This request is to a Scottish public authority which in FOI terms is covered by the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. Section 16 of this Act concerns 'Refusal of request'.

It is important for requestors to understand the differences between law in Scotland and England & Wales and how this impacts upon FOI requests.

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Dear Sir/Madam

Thank you for your information request dated 3 January 2009 (received by
the Council that same day) which has been passed to the Chief Executive's
Department for attention.

The Council will respond to your request within 20 working days following
the date of receipt, but we hope to respond to your request at an earlier
date where possible.

In the meantime, if you have any queries, please ask for me on 01307
476234 or email [2][email address]

Yours sincerely

Brenda Angus

Brenda Angus

Clerical Officer

Law and Administration

Corporate Services Department

Angus Council, Angus House,

Orchardbank Business Park, Forfar, DD8 1AN

Tel: 01307 476234

Fax: 01307 476299

Email: [3][email address]

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From: L Barnett [[4]mailto:[FOI #25763 email]]
Sent: 03 January 2010 15:37
To: LAWADMIN
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Council newspapers

Dear Angus 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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Dear Sir/Madam

Request for Information

Thank you for your request for information dated and received by the
council on 3 January 2010.

You have requested the following information on council newspapers:-

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

Angus Council has a 16page magazine called Angus Life which is
delivered to Angus' 53,500 households twice a year.

2. How much it costs 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

The 2008/09 cost for the production, print and door-to-door distribution
of two editions of the magazine was -L-27,300. The 2009/10 budget is
-L-27,000. It should be noted that the project budget was achieved from a
redirection of departmental advertising and promotional budgets to utilise
existing spend more effectively ie through direct communication with
residents, their stated preference in a citizen survey.

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

None

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

Not applicable, see 3 above

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

Not applicable, see 3 above

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

Not applicable, see 3 above

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

No editorial policy guide exists. The council has however determined that
the magazine will communicate the corporate objectives of the council to
the county's residents through the reporting of activities and performance
in relation to those objectives, key priorities, developments, plans and
proposals. The specific content of each edition is proposed by the editor,
a member of the corporate communications team, and is subject to approval
by chief officers.

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

Not applicable, see 3 above

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

A member of the council's corporate communications team fulfils the role
of magazine editor as part of general communications duties. The council
contracts an external supplier to project manage; provide additional
copywriting and specialist design services; and commission and manage the
printing and door-to-door distribution of the magazine. The cost is set
out in 2 above.

The information contained in this reply is believed to be accurate as at
today's date but no warranty is given. Further, Angus Council does not
accept liability for any loss, injury or damage which arises from the use
of the information contained in this reply either by you or by any other
party.

Gary Miller

Chief Executive's Support Manager

and Lieutenancy Officer for Angus

Angus Council

Angus House

Orchardbank Business Park

FORFAR

DD8 1AX

01307 476099

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