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Conservatives criticise Council for going to Rochdale

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Conservatives have accused Brighton & Hove City Council of not supporting the local economy after it emerged that local traders are being charged up to 795 to advertise their services in a Council-funded publication for private landlords which is being designed and printed by a company in Rochdale, Lancashire.

One local trader raised the issue with Westbourne Ward Councillor and Hove & Portslade Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, Graham Cox, after receiving a letter from the Council asking if he wanted to advertise in the publication, entitled Landlords A Good Practice Guide. The Guide is to be distributed to all private landlords and letting agents in the city early next year.

Brighton & Hove has the second highest proportion of private rented housing stock in the country outside of London accommodating over 35,000 households.

Cllr. Cox said: Councillors from all parties are quite rightly committed to helping our local traders so I am at a loss to understand why the contract for this significant piece of work has been awarded to a company from Rochdale. There are numerous outstanding design and printing companies in Brighton & Hove which Im sure could have done just as good a job. It also seems pretty mean-spirited of the Council to be trying to at least partially fund this publication through charging local traders what appears to be a market rate for advertising. I would have thought this was an ideal opportunity for the Council to back up its fine words on keeping it local with some slightly more supportive actions.