Greenwich Council defies Government order over their newspaper


Greenwich council has refused to limit publishing its Greenwich Time newspaper despite an order by Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

Kris Hopkins, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, said:

“It is disappointing that Greenwich council has refused to comply with our direction to stop the weekly publication of its municipal newspaper. Consequently, the Secretary of State has initiated proceedings in the High Court against the council to enforce that direction”.

Denise Hyland, pictured above, is the leader of the council and rejected claims that local newspapers were suffering financially because of the council’s decision to publish Greenwich Times weekly. The order by Eric Pickles restricted the council to publishing the newspaper to four times a year. Hyland said in a statement:

“Our decision is driven by how we can best serve our residents and save money on their behalf, at a time when our budgets are severely threatened by cuts. We are being told by Government to find whatever savings we can then it directs us to spend the equivalent of £2.31 more per household in the borough – making it even harder for us to keep freezing council tax and protect essential services”.

Hyland added that the council is seeking a judicial review before complying with the order from the Secretary of State.