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Foster: “Bath Newsagents are Staggering under Heavy Loads.”

Bath MP Don Foster has called on the code of conduct for newspaper supplying to be reformed.

Main ImageCommenting on Sunday’s protest (when local members of the National Federation of Newsagents left House of Fraser brochures outside Jollys store), Don Foster said:
“It’s not just red tape and fast-rising delivery charges that put local newsagents under pressure. This protest has highlighted the extra burden that weekend supplements place on newsagents and delivery boys and girls.
“Supplements are increasing in weight all the time. One study found that between 1995 and 2000, the weight of papers increased by 74% on a Saturday, and 25% on a Sunday. Small wonder, then, that delivery boys and girls can’t cope with these weekend rounds.
“In this instance, a publisher creamed off a service charge for a service they weren’t actually paying the price for delivering.
“Publishers claim newsagents are rewarded for this extra work, but they’re not even being paid at ‘pocket-money’ rates. For the past 20 years, they’ve received an unimpressive 2p bonus per supplements sold with a paper.
“My hope is that the Office of Fair Trading will now see how badly these hidden costs are affecting newsagents, and will make changes to this code of practice so that newspaper supplying is made fairer.
“The local petition of 450 signatures and the questionnaires and letters I received as a result of my recent survey of Bath newsagents will all be presented to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, Patricia Hewitt MP, next month.”

Notes to Editors follow…

Notes to Editors:

• The report referred to was conducted by Lucidea Consultants.

• The insertion rate newsagents receive for manual insertions (which would include insertions such as the House of Fraser brochure) has remained at 2p per insertion sold, since 1982.

• This UK-wide campaign to save local newsagents has been led by Brian Cotter, MP for Weston-Super-Mare, and the Liberal Democrat Spokesman for Small Businesses.

• The NFNR website can be found at www.nfrn.org.uk.

ENDS.

This article published: 18/09/2023

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