Locality budget Press Releases under fire!

Opposition Liberal Democrat County Councillors have hit out at the waste of money on issuing over 2,500 Locality Budget Press releases in under three years.

The Press Releases from County Hall publicise grants made from each members £10,000 locality budget. They a range from small grants of £50 to over £5,000 but each gets a press release drafted by officer that then has to be approved and issued to all of Hertfordshire's papers and other media outlets.

Liberal Democrat Opposition Leader Cllr Stephen Giles-Medhurst (Central Watford and Oxhey), "We have long thought that the Conservatives spend too much on corporate self-publicity with 21 staff and over £3m spent last year, and this proves it. If councillors have decided to make a grant under the councils localism agenda why cant they just tell the press themselves, if they want to - why employ extra staff to do this?."

"And why send every press release to every paper and radio station in Herts? Most are of these are small local grants to groups with limited local coverage. One press release a year once a councillor has allocated all their money would be good enough and the information is already on each councillors web page

"Money could be easily be saved here but no, the Conservatives refuse to do so!", said Cllr Giles-Medhurst.

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