Westminster Council rearranged the production of its usually quarterly local propaganda magazine ‘The Westminster Reporter’ so that three editions were delivered to local residents in the four months prior to ‘purdah’ ban on election advertising at the cost to the tax payer of £180,000.
The usual annual cost of the Westminster reporter is around £240,000 but due to an extra post-Grenfell edition the total bill for 2017/18 was £304,400. Editions of this propaganda sheet were delivered in December 2017, February 2018 (an extra edition) and March 2018 (brought forward from April due to purdah).
Westminster Labour has committed in its election manifesto to scrap this glossy magazine and will reinvest the money in reopening local children centre services.
Labour Shadow Cabinet Member Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg said:
“Labour will stop this wasteful Conservative use of public money and, instead, put the money we will save from scrapping the glossy propaganda magazines into local children’s centres. At a time when public money is in short supply it makes send to scrutinise every penny the Council spends so that it goes to the people most in need”