Tuesday, 25 November 2008

SOME MORE INTERESTING WIGAN NUMBERS

Total annual Wigan Council spending on publicity in the financial year 1996-1997 – the year immediately before our current government of oppressive Labour tyrants came to power:

£816,000

Total annual Wigan Council spending on publicity in the financial year 2006-2007 – after ten years of the spinmeisters in power:

£1,345,000

An increase in publicity spending per year of:

64.8%

You didn’t think spin came for free did you? YOU paid for that.

The total local authority annual publicity bill (2006-2007) is £450 million There is one local authority, Birmingham City Council, that spends more than £10 million on publicity.


There are 8 local authorities spending more than £5 million on publicity.


There are 73 local authorities spending more than £2 million on publicity.


There are 141 local authorities spending more than £1 million on publicity.


The total spend on publicity is not broken down in a uniform way in the various local authority accounts. It is possible, however, to identify 44 councils that spend at least £1 million and 4 councils spending at least £2 million on staff recruitment advertising – despite the increased use of websites. If all local authority accounts provided a full breakdown of publicity spending, the number of councils spending at least £1 million on staff advertising would almost certainly increase.


The doubling of average publicity spending per local authority in the last decade is extremely disappointing. There are, however, a number of councils that are actually spending less on publicity than ten years ago. For example:


- Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council spent £669,000 on publicity in 2006-07, down 11 per cent from the £751,000 spent in 1996-97.


- In 2005-06, however, the council spent £1,030,000 on publicity, meaning that the 1-year fall in spending was 35 per cent.


- If Hammersmith and Fulham can reduce publicity spending by 35 per cent in one year …… make other efficiency savings and reduce council tax by 3 per cent, then it must be possible for other councils to follow suit.
Morg


6 comments:

Sir Henry Morgan said...

Well - I don't know what went wrong there.

Sorry.

Anti-gag said...

Hi Morg,

Are all the different text sizes intentional?

from
Chris Hill
(Lancaster)

Sir Henry Morgan said...

Already told you: don't know what went wrong there. Reckon there might be a clue in that.

Anti-gag said...
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Anti-gag said...

Hi Morg,

I couldn't be sure that you were referring to the text size, when you wrote that.

After you write the piece, highlight all of it and then set the text size and font manually.

From
Chris Hill
(Lancaster)

Anti-gag said...

A comment on the Lancaster blog, has just asked a question about my views on race and immigration. I copied my answer below:


Ok in a nutshell, I fully support United Nations Resolution 1994.45 on race and immigration. See the UN website link below.

http://www.unhchr.ch/huridocda/huridoca.nsf/(Symbol)/E.CN.4.SUB.2.RES.1994.45.En?OpenDocument

Any more questions?

From
Chris Hill
(Lancaster)

Take a look at that UN page people might find UN Res (1994.45 ) very interesting.

yaz