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Magazines cost Sussex councils thousands of pounds
The Business Continuity Journal, Farmers Weekly and Photoworks magazine may not be flying off the shelves in every high street.
But all have been deemed essential reading for council officials as local authorities spend tens of thousands of pounds on subscriptions to publications.
Brighton and Hove City Council spends a minimum of £10,000 a year on subscriptions to magazines and newspapers with annual expenditure including £2,054 a year on the Local Government Chronicle and £1,190 to Encyclopedia of Planning Law and Practice.
West Sussex County Council spends more than £7,000 on subscriptions to local newspapers and journals a year.
Expenditure includes £1,575 a year on property magazine EGi.
The county council’s human resources department was one of the biggest spenders, splashing out more than £3,700 on a range of legal resources including Equal Opportunities Review, Encyclopedia of Employment Law and Croner on-line service.
The council also spent £33,000 on subscriptions for libraries.
Library users can share the single copy of the weekly British Medical Journey which costs £589 to renew every year, ten copies of the Bookseller for £1,804 a year and £3,172 every year on 36 copies of Which? magazine.
Library services also subscribe to international newspapers including weekly issues of Indian newspaper Gujarat Samachar and Des Pardes and Pakistan publication The Daily Jang.
However, Architects Journal, personal finance magazine Moneyfacts and classical music publication Gramophone proved less popular with readers and the council cancelled subscriptions, saving £355 a year.
A West Sussex County Council spokesman said the council regularly reviewed publications and only took those that are essential to help officers keep up to date with the latest developments.
He said: “EGi is more than just a source of news about what is happening in the property market, as it also gives access to a database of planning applications and property values that could easily save us the cost of time from expensive specialist consultants.
“The estates and valuation team needs to be in touch with the latest developments to manage the council’s property portfolio.
“The law reports are a source of specialist case law that are also considered essential.”
Penny Thompson, the chief executive of Brighton and Hove City Council, said: “We work hard to deliver value for money services which are efficient and responsive to the community’s needs.”
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