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FOI 10163

Communications Budget


I would like to make the following Freedom of Information Act request:

What is the total communications/ public relations budget for your council? Please provide figures for each of the last six financial years, i.e. 2014/15, 13/14, 12/13, 11/12, 10/11 and 09/10.

How many staff are employed in your council's communications department? Please provide job titles.

Does your council have a budget for external communications work? If so, please state how much has been spent on this for each of the years above.

How many investigations has your council conducted into suspected leaks of information to the press in the above period? Please break down the information into the years above and provide details of the suspected leak - when it occurred, how it was investigated, which media outlet did the information 'leaked' appear in, was the investigation successful and what was the outcome for the council employees found to have leaked? Please state whether the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act was used as part of any of these leak investigations - for example, to gather phone records or spy on council employees/journalists - and provide details on how it was used.


1) What is the total communications/ PR budget for your council?

2009/10 2010/11 2011/12 2012/13 2013/14

25,420 47,000 19,970 99,340 72,130

Note: The costs for 09/10 and 11/12 are lower as there was a vacant post

2) How many staff are employed in your council's communication department?

Two Employees:

Senior Communications Officer
Commincations Officer

3) Does your council have a budget for external communications work?

This is included as part of the total communications budget (see above)

4) Suspected Leaks?

Not aware of any investigations at the Council.