Greenwich Time is reported to district auditor by councillor

Greenwich Borough Council has been reported to the district auditor Sue Exton for continuing to publish its weekly Greenwich Time newspaper.

Grant Shapps: 'Shop a council'
Grant Shapps: 'Shop a council'

The step was taken by the leader of the council's opposition, Tory councillor Spencer Drury, who wrote to Exton after PRWeek revealed that local government minister Grant Shapps had urged residents to 'shop their councils if they continue to publish weekly publications' (2 September).

Drury's letter stated: 'The decision made by the cabinet pays little regard to the code and flagrantly breaches it in a number of ways.'

The Code of Recommended Practice for Local Authority Publicity advises against municipal newspapers being published more than four times a year. But Greenwich's scrutiny committee decided on 30 Aug-ust to continue with a weekly.

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