Worthing council magazine scrapped

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A taxpayer-subsidised council magazine is being scrapped to save money.

Vibe, which was published three times a year since 2007, fell victim to swingeing government cost cutting.

Last year Eric Pickles, the Local Government secretary, said he wanted to axe “town hall Pravdas” to safeguard a healthy independent local press which could properly scrutinise councils.

Now Worthing Borough Council is pulling the plug on Vibe after Whitehall’s grant for 2011-2013 was reduced by £1.13 million.

Council leader Paul Yallop said the 13th and final edition would be published next month.

He said: “We cannot afford it. Adur Outlook will also be axed.

“We may investigate an electronic magazine at a later date.”

The demise of Vibe and Adur Outlook will save both councils a combined total of around £100,000 a year.

Vibe had a circulation of about 53,000, including an audio version sent to more than 250 people.

Each edition, which was delivered to homes by Royal Mail, cost every household in the town just over 16p.