Council leaflet will continue despite cuts
COUNCIL magazine North Somerset Life will continue to drop through the letterboxes of 94,000 homes across the district each month – despite calls to reduce its frequency.
Opposition councillors put forward suggestions to reduce the number of times the magazine is produced each year from 12 to four as part of an alternative budget presented to authority purse holders.
The magazine is put together by council staff to update residents about the work of the authority and has won a number of industry awards.
But some councillors said reducing the frequency of the title, which costs the authority £240,000 to produce each year, to quarterly could save up to £100,000.
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The magazine's continuation has often been a bone of contention with some councillors questioning whether it is needed at a time when the authority is making sweeping cuts.
They said the council's website was a good source of information without having to spend tens of thousands on a print publication.
But leader Nigel Ashton said the magazine was a valued part of the council's work.
Mr Ashton said: "When we are going through serious changes to our services over the next few years it would be madness to get rid of the one reliable source of information to our residents."