Magazine continues to waste our taxes
I READ with interest the story in the Gazette regarding the Hillingdon People magazine ( Council set to defy magazine warning, Gazette, October 15).
Prior to this year’s local elections, we submitted a Freedom of Information request to Hillingdon Council concerning the cost to local taxpayers of the publication, and were advised that, excluding staff working on the magazine as part of their wider functions (who are therefore still being paid by Hillingdon residents on top), it came to £92,517 in the financial year 2012/13.
This year it is likely to be considerably more, as special ward editions were also printed and distributed just before the election expenses period kicked in.
So, what are we getting for our money?
In the July/August edition, there were 20 mentions of Conservative councillors highlighted in bold across the 35 pages, telling us what a good job they are doing, compared with just eight for community leaders and members of the public.
There were no mentions for any of the opposition councillors, who represent the remainder of the borough, or update of the work they are doing in their wards.
It would appear that the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles MP, could have been thinking of Hillingdon when he coined the term ‘Town Hall Pravda’.
Interesting, too, that when the Conservatives took control of the