Digital move to save £50,000

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Breckland Council is looking to save nearly £50,000 a year with a new digital strategy - which includes the scrapping of its community magazine.

The Voice, produced at a cost of £84,000 a year by the council, could go as part of changes which could also see council meetings broadcast on the internet.

The savings for axing The Voice will offset costs of between £11,900 and £27,450 to set up a ‘webcasting’ service, according to a report from communications team leader, Dominic Chessum.

The proposals are part of a new digital communications strategy which will go before the council’s cabinet on May 7.

If approved, the council will introduce a ‘digital press office’, which the report describes as an ‘open, networked and social space’ for publishing digital information.

The council expects to save £38,210 in the first year of the changes, increasing to savings of £46,660 by 2017/18.