The Taxpayers Alliance is an organisation that seems to look for any government overspending with the zeal of the Spanish Inquisition. They have just produced a report on the amount of money councils spend on publicity. They have titled it ‘Burning Our Money’, which shows pretty clearly how they view things.
According to their figures:
Spent ?2,455,000 on publicity in 1996-1997
Spent ?4,332,000 on publicity in 2006-2007
That’s an increase of 76.5%
This year’s figure is the 12th highest in the country
But the county has the third highest population in the country.
Essex County Council :
Rochford District Council:
Spent ?33,652 on publicity in 1996-1997
Spent ?142,000 on publicity in 2006-2007
That’s an increase of 322.0%
This year’s figure is ranked 380th out of all councils
Rochford District has the 374th highest population