Commissioner pulls plug on council paper

South Wales Guardian: BETTER SPENT: Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon has withdrawn funding of the county council-produced Carmarthenshire News. BETTER SPENT: Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon has withdrawn funding of the county council-produced Carmarthenshire News.

The Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner has withdrawn funding from the local authority-run Carmarthenshire News and instead offered his backing to “independent” local media outlets.

Christopher Salmon announced he was ending the £5,000 Dyfed-Powys Police contribution to the Carmarthenshire county council-produced publication and instead pledged to “maximise communication” with local newspapers, broadcasters and websites – which he described as “the bedrock of democracy”

Mr Salmon added that the money previously given to Carmarthenshire News would be better spent on crime-fighting initiatives.

“Carmarthenshire people trust their local papers,” said Mr Salmon.

“I’m a great believer in the traditional local media. Its independence is valued by the public and its titles and radio stations are trusted.

“We talk to local papers and other media across Dyfed-Powys and that works well.

“We aim to communicate with the public in the way that they tell us best suits them, including through the media, face to face and on social media.

“I’m confident that our Carmarthenshire News payments can be used more wisely.”

Carmarthenshire News is published by the Carmarthenshire Local Service Board (LSB) which brings together various public sector organisations and others.

Members of the LSB include Carmarthenshire County Council, Hywel Dda Health Board and Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service.

Mr Salmon added that Dyfed-Powys Police and the Commissioner’s Office would remain in the LSB, which meets every two months.

Chris Martin, Chairman of Carmarthenshire Local Service Board & Chairman of Hywel Dda Health Board, said: “We were surprised to be informed of this press statement given that this matter was discussed at the last Carmarthenshire Local Service Board meeting which was held on Wednesday.

“Although the Police and Crime Commissioner was not present himself, he was represented at the meeting and this message was not conveyed at that time.

“He did not copy us in to his press statement or informing us that he was releasing anything before sending the statement to the media.

“This matter will be discussed by the Local Service Board at its next meeting.”

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8:12am Sat 22 Mar 14

Huw Thomas says...

This paper is a complete waste of money. It's produced to blow the councils own trumpet and this induces nausea.
This paper is a complete waste of money. It's produced to blow the councils own trumpet and this induces nausea. Huw Thomas
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9:23am Sat 22 Mar 14

Meirion says...

That is one way forward to reduce public body propoganda which is a wasteful drain on Carmarthenshire's extravagant public purse.
Note I do not use extravagant wildly, there are those that do and there are those that don't.
Not everyone under the command of jail hill have multi vested interests for political and personal gains.
That is one way forward to reduce public body propoganda which is a wasteful drain on Carmarthenshire's extravagant public purse. Note I do not use extravagant wildly, there are those that do and there are those that don't. Not everyone under the command of jail hill have multi vested interests for political and personal gains. Meirion
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