Council trims cost of letter

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SHEFFIELD Council has saved £75,000 on the cost of its letter to residents asking for their views on forthcoming cuts by arranging door-to-door deliveries rather than using the Royal Mail.

The cost of sending the letter to all 236,330 households would have worked out at around £90,000 if using Royal Mail second class post – which opposition Lib Dems said would have been unacceptably high when the council is faced with making a further £50 million of savings in 2012/13.

But the council said it has managed to cut the cost to just £15,257 by arranging alternative door-to-door delivery. Printing the letter cost an additional £6,301, giving a total of £21,558.

A Sheffield Council spokeswoman said: “The distribution is door to door delivery which is more cost effective.”