Herefordshire Council and the local NHS are spending more than £74,000 a year on a free magazine a Freedom of Information request has discovered. 

The figures also reveal the cost of distribution and printing of the magazine is rising.

The Ledbury Reporter write:

A Freedom of Information (FoI) request reveals the total cost of Herefordshire Matters – produced by Herefordshire Council and NHS Herefordshire – over the current financial year was £74,505.

The direct cost of printing one edition of the magazine is £7,000 – or £28,000 per year – with the council funding the printing costs.

In its response to the FoI request, the council confirms that 82,500 copies of Herefordshire Matters are produced per edition to be distributed by Royal Mail.

NHS Herefordshire funds the distribution costs and the typical direct cost for distribution has been £7,000 per edition, or £28,000 per year.

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