Contact: Anne Jenkins, Governance Team Leader
Question to the Cabinet Member for Assets and Resources: 2022/01 - Newport Matters Newsletters
Councillor R. Mogford asked:
Newport City recently declared an Environmental Emergency and reports it will be taking steps going forward to reduce its carbon footprint and general waste products.
'Newport Matters has a distribution of approximately 69,000 copies per edition' that's over a 400,000 printed newsletters per year. (69,000 x 6).
Putting aside the fact that many residents of Langstone ward do not receive Newport Matters, has the Cabinet Member recently reviewed the potential for cost savings and a reduction in environmental harm by stopping this paper newsletter, and just producing an on-line version?
Councillor Mayer in consultation with Councillor Hughes responded:
It is important that a public body, such as a council, communicates regularly with the people and communities it serves.
Many Newport residents do not have access or choose not to access the internet or digital news mediums. Around one third of adults in Wales were digitally excluded in 2010 and subsequent analysis estimated the proportion of adults who have never used the internet at 31 per cent.
This will stand the council in good stead when it is deemed appropriate to move further away from hard-copy communication formats.