21 October 2010

Cash for the quarterly residents’ magazine Together Northamptonshire has been cut by Northamptonshire County Council following yesterday’s spending announcements by the government.

Work is now underway to work out the full details and impact of yesterday’s funding announcement by the chancellor; however, early forecasts that the council will face the biggest financial challenge in a generation seem to have been correct.

And today the council has announced that it will be withdrawing the £100,000 it provides for the Together Northamptonshire magazine to help it rise to this challenge.

Cabinet member for strategy, communications and external relations Councillor David Mackintosh said: “We know that people have consistently told us they want to hear from us directly about how the council spends its money and this is why we launched Together Northamptonshire with our colleagues at the police and NHS.

“However with the challenge now set to us it is clear that we can no longer afford to do this through a residents’ magazine. As an organisation we are determined to face up to our financial challenges in ways to minimise the impact where possible on those front line services people have told us are most important to them.

“This decision is the first step towards this. What we are saying today is that from next financial year we will no longer be in a position to put money towards this publication. We are now looking at how we can still communicate direct to our customers in new more cost-effective ways.”

Together Northamptonshire is a jointly-funded magazine from the council, police and NHS.

The next edition is due out next month (NOV).