Get your free, sorry expensive, Council Newpaper here.

I heard from my Conservative friends across the road in Ipswich, that true to type the Labour controlled Ipswich Borough Council are returning to an Offical Council Newpaper so Residents are informed about the wonderful plans of the Labour Party sorry the Council.

They plan to pay Archant Newspapers, the publishers of the Ipswich Star and the East Anglian Daily Times, to publish the council’s newsletter “Ipswich Angle” and distribute it with the Ipswich Star.

A Council newspaper in this day and age!

If you don’t believe me then follow put this into your browser and have a read

I also hear that Conservative Leader John Carnall have quite rightly called it in to Scrutiny, well done John.

But far more worrying than just this old fashioned Labour Council spending, is the disregard for the budget. Ipswich Borough Council has a budget for this set at £16,000 but they are planning to spend over £42,500 on a 5 copies in a six month trial period taking money from other budgets and each copy is going to be 12 pages long to boot!

In the report I mentioned at 1.3 it talks about supporting a local publishing company, I think the Ipswich Star is a good local paper and even though Suffolk County Council have been on the receving end of the occasional criticism!!! I fully support an independant press and that firmly believe the quality of local politics is inherently linked to a robust challenge by local newspapers. But I don’t believe any council should be supporting a local company by, in my opinion, the inefficent use of public money. Yes the occasional small publication is something people can keep with useful numbers etc but this surely not.

What about a blog or web site or email list or an app do we really still need to be spending Council tax payer’s money informing them about the Council via a Council newspaper and so many so often.

I fully understand that not everyone has internet access or a smart mobile phone, so print some copies and put them in key locations such as the libraries or better still encourage people to use the free internet access in the town’s libraries to see a blog or web site.

Then you could give the money back to the people of Ipswich or spend it on something important like putting in more wet rooms for older vulnerable people.

So if you live in Ipswich, look out for this important Labour Party, sorry Council publication, you’re paying for it!

About askcolinnoble
I'm a Conservative politician-lite, I dabble a bit in Party Politics with my main focus of working hard and being a strong voice for my community making sure local government delivers quality services and fellow residents get value for money for their hard earned money they pay in Council tax | Where this Gravatar appears and I am expressing my views or liking something I do so in a personal capacity and does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Suffolk County Council, Forest Heath District Council, the Conservative Party or come to think of it anyone else | But having said the above at an election time and to stay legal anything I write is promoted by Lance Stanbury on behalf of Colin Noble, both at West Suffolk Conservative Association, Unit 8, Swan Lane Business Park, Exning, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 7FN

5 Responses to Get your free, sorry expensive, Council Newpaper here.

  1. alasdairross says:

    Read on line version in local library- the same libraries you wanted to close? We have very few libraries in Ipswich
    Talking to the New Wolsey last night it was obvious that hard copies – print is still the best way to get information to residents.

    Bin collections, HEARS, Regent, car parks, events- all important information to residents – Might be a good idea for SCC to have a paper to explain Free Schools, the cutting of the team that looks into 20mph zones, the closure of recycling sites, the incinerator – then again I can now see why you don’t want residents to know what your up to

    • colinnoble says:

      Thanks for the comments, just a couple of things firstly we did we close any of the libaries, we create a new social enterprise to run them with lower running costs delivering the savings we had to make as required by the Government to try to get the country out of the financial mess Labour had left it in. Ipswich Borough Council could commission that social enterprise to open new libraries if it wishes.

      £42,500 on 5 editions of 12 pages each to inform residents about Bin collections and other things is not good value for money to say the least but your last comment is very telling and many of us wonder in the run up to the county elections if telling the residents what SCC is up to, will be the primary function of the old fashioned Council newspaper.

      If Labour want to tell the residents of Ipswich what the Conservative controlled SCC is up to, then produce, pay for and distribute political leaflets at the Labour Party’s expense, not the hard earned Council tax of residents. I know Ipswich Borough Council Conservatives are fighting against this waste of money.

      Alweays happy to debate these issues in our blogs afterall they are free to the residents and don’t cost £42,500!

    • Alasdiar, it doesn’t matter how many times you tell the lie that we planned to close libraries. It will always be a lie!

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