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Good News for Local Papers

Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie has welcomed a Scottish Government climbdown on its proposal to allow local councils to put public notices solely online.
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Local newspapers : public notices

(written for the Bo’ness Journal’s Your Say)

The Scottish Government wants to remove the legal duty to publish notices such as planning applications in local newspapers. This would be a profoundly anti-democratic move on several grounds.

Many people do not yet have access to the internet. Only 60% of Scots have access to broadband and 70% of those aged over 65 have never used the internet.

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Threat to Local Newspapers

New rules for Council adverts will damage local newspapers, says Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie.

“The Scottish Government is consulting on plans to allow local authorities to advertise public notices online. Favouring online advertising over notices in local newspapers will take vital revenue away from an industry which is already facing significant challenges.

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