£50k reinstated to save Dorset County Council's newspaper

Dorset Echo: Your Dorset, the council paper Your Dorset, the council paper

COUNCILLORS have agreed to reinstate a budget of £50,000 to ensure the continued publication of three editions of council paper Your Dorset.

Members of Dorset County Council’s cabinet agreed to the move after initially withdrawing a budget for Your Dorset with the hope that it could instead be subsidised through the publication of public notices.

However, cabinet member for education and communications Toni Coombs told the meeting that investigations revealed public notices must be published in a ‘newspaper’ by law and Your Dorset did not publish with sufficient frequency to be classified as a newspaper.

But despite the fact that the three editions will not be able to carry public notices, councillors decided it was an important tool in keeping taxpayers informed about the council’s work.

Cllr Coombs said that, while the council was looking to develop other communication channels such as social media, it was important to keep Your Dorset as a way of communicating with residents and feedback suggested it was valued by the community.

She said: “It is the only piece of media that actually does go to every household in the county.”

Several other members supported her view and backed the need to retain three editions of the publication.

Cabinet member for environment Peter Finney said: “We do need to look at the wider Dorset area and not everybody is internet enabled. It’s an important issue that we can get out and communicate with people.”

Cabinet member for adult social care Jill Haynes said: “I think it’s absolutely essential that we ensure that we have funding for these three issues because people value them and that’s how they find out about the county council.

“The main information people get is from Your Dorset.”

Cabinet member for corporate resources Robert Gould said he agreed with the need to maintain a printed communication channel but said it was important to keep monitoring the situation in light of the ever growing use of social media and other media channels.

He said: “It’s crucial an organisation like this continues to keep residents informed because it’s their money we are spending.

“I do think we need to keep this under careful review.”

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10:55am Thu 8 May 14

MrTomSmith says...

Amazing they make a good decision, and then change their minds
£50,000 !!! No Way!!!
Amazing they make a good decision, and then change their minds £50,000 !!! No Way!!! MrTomSmith
  • Score: 12

11:21am Thu 8 May 14

Newground says...

Your Dorset is a lifeline to citizens across the county. It certainly always makes me realise what good value I get out of my £2200 annual Council Tax fee. I particularly like the stories which feature the chief executive of the council. It's always good to know our Public Sector leaders are out there doing good work.

Keep up this excellent publication. I truly believe that Dorset would sink into the English Channel if its publication ever ceased.
Your Dorset is a lifeline to citizens across the county. It certainly always makes me realise what good value I get out of my £2200 annual Council Tax fee. I particularly like the stories which feature the chief executive of the council. It's always good to know our Public Sector leaders are out there doing good work. Keep up this excellent publication. I truly believe that Dorset would sink into the English Channel if its publication ever ceased. Newground
  • Score: 2

11:24am Thu 8 May 14

islandman says...

Newground wrote:
Your Dorset is a lifeline to citizens across the county. It certainly always makes me realise what good value I get out of my £2200 annual Council Tax fee. I particularly like the stories which feature the chief executive of the council. It's always good to know our Public Sector leaders are out there doing good work.

Keep up this excellent publication. I truly believe that Dorset would sink into the English Channel if its publication ever ceased.
I wonder which member of the Council penned those words?.

Personally, judging from comments overheard recently, many people are still fuming that common sense hasn't prevailed and that the TIC hasn't been brought back to it's rightful place on the promenade.
[quote][p][bold]Newground[/bold] wrote: Your Dorset is a lifeline to citizens across the county. It certainly always makes me realise what good value I get out of my £2200 annual Council Tax fee. I particularly like the stories which feature the chief executive of the council. It's always good to know our Public Sector leaders are out there doing good work. Keep up this excellent publication. I truly believe that Dorset would sink into the English Channel if its publication ever ceased.[/p][/quote]I wonder which member of the Council penned those words?. Personally, judging from comments overheard recently, many people are still fuming that common sense hasn't prevailed and that the TIC hasn't been brought back to it's rightful place on the promenade. islandman
  • Score: 3

12:36pm Thu 8 May 14

JamesYoung says...

I have an open fire, so i don't want to seem ungrateful, but is there any chance of printing this out of date publication on paper that is, i don't know....more flammable?
I have an open fire, so i don't want to seem ungrateful, but is there any chance of printing this out of date publication on paper that is, i don't know....more flammable? JamesYoung
  • Score: 10

2:10pm Thu 8 May 14

February1948 says...

islandman wrote:
Newground wrote: Your Dorset is a lifeline to citizens across the county. It certainly always makes me realise what good value I get out of my £2200 annual Council Tax fee. I particularly like the stories which feature the chief executive of the council. It's always good to know our Public Sector leaders are out there doing good work. Keep up this excellent publication. I truly believe that Dorset would sink into the English Channel if its publication ever ceased.
I wonder which member of the Council penned those words?. Personally, judging from comments overheard recently, many people are still fuming that common sense hasn't prevailed and that the TIC hasn't been brought back to it's rightful place on the promenade.
I think you'll find that Newground was being facetious! At least, I hope he was.
[quote][p][bold]islandman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Newground[/bold] wrote: Your Dorset is a lifeline to citizens across the county. It certainly always makes me realise what good value I get out of my £2200 annual Council Tax fee. I particularly like the stories which feature the chief executive of the council. It's always good to know our Public Sector leaders are out there doing good work. Keep up this excellent publication. I truly believe that Dorset would sink into the English Channel if its publication ever ceased.[/p][/quote]I wonder which member of the Council penned those words?. Personally, judging from comments overheard recently, many people are still fuming that common sense hasn't prevailed and that the TIC hasn't been brought back to it's rightful place on the promenade.[/p][/quote]I think you'll find that Newground was being facetious! At least, I hope he was. February1948
  • Score: 4

2:19pm Thu 8 May 14

Fred Kite says...

Back slapping propaganda sheet always goes in the recycling bin another example of a waste of money.
Back slapping propaganda sheet always goes in the recycling bin another example of a waste of money. Fred Kite
  • Score: 8

3:36pm Thu 8 May 14

Sigurd Hoeberth says...

It's easy to see why those with sense, avoid tax.
It's easy to see why those with sense, avoid tax. Sigurd Hoeberth
  • Score: 8

5:11pm Thu 8 May 14

anika says...

I would rather have the street lights left on than a paper from the council which goes straight in the bin.................
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I would rather have the street lights left on than a paper from the council which goes straight in the bin................. .... anika
  • Score: 3

5:34pm Thu 8 May 14

Dorset Boy says...

JamesYoung wrote:
I have an open fire, so i don't want to seem ungrateful, but is there any chance of printing this out of date publication on paper that is, i don't know....more flammable?
I find this paper is quite good for lighting up my wood burning chimena when having friends around for social evenings
[quote][p][bold]JamesYoung[/bold] wrote: I have an open fire, so i don't want to seem ungrateful, but is there any chance of printing this out of date publication on paper that is, i don't know....more flammable?[/p][/quote]I find this paper is quite good for lighting up my wood burning chimena when having friends around for social evenings Dorset Boy
  • Score: 3

8:17pm Thu 8 May 14

CoogarUK.com says...

Waste of money. Goes straight in the recycling.
Waste of money. Goes straight in the recycling. CoogarUK.com
  • Score: 3

9:33pm Thu 8 May 14

portland rebel says...

they just dont get it do they.
they just dont get it do they. portland rebel
  • Score: 2

8:10pm Sat 10 May 14

visionary2 says...

It's just a PR vehicle. Surely there is a better use for £50K.
It's just a PR vehicle. Surely there is a better use for £50K. visionary2
  • Score: 0

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