Anger over Cash Converters leaflet in Bolton Council's newspaper

Cllr Roger Hayes with the council newsletter Bolton Scene and the Cash Converters leaflet

Cllr Roger Hayes with the council newsletter Bolton Scene and the Cash Converters leaflet

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , politics reporter

THE delivery of a Cash Converters leaflet at the same time as Bolton Council’s newspaper has been branded “unacceptable”.

Cllr Roger Hayes has raised concerns vulnerable people in Smithills would have received the leaflet with the Bolton Scene — and inadvertently thought Bolton Council was endorsing the company, which is a pawnbroking franchise firm, as well as a retail store.

A council spokesman said it was investigating how it had happened.

Cllr Hayes, of Park Cottages, Smithills, noticed the Cash Converters advertisement reading: “Looking For A Little Loan – Look No Further” was pushed through his door at the same time as the newsletter.

Bolton’s Liberal Democrats leader said: “I understand the council pays a premium for the Bolton Scene to be delivered to residents as a solo delivery.

“It’s very concerning. For somebody who doesn’t know, they might think the council was recommending Cash Converters. They were the only two things that came together through my letterbox that day.

“It’s associating the council with a company that I don’t think it wants to be associated with.”

The council blocked access to payday loan websites from public computers in August last year, and has dedicated £1 million to tackle poverty in the town, including measures to stop people going to the companies which charge huge amounts of interest.

A council spokesman said the two publications should not have been delivered together.

He added the council had not received anothercomplaint about Bolton Scene being delivered alongside a Cash Converters leaflet.

The spokesman said: “The contract for the delivery of Bolton Scene is for sole delivery independent of other materials.

"The delivery of the leaflet was not authorised by the council and we were first made aware of this when Cllr Hayes asked if the council newspaper is delivered on its own.

“We have spoken to the distribution company to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

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10:30am Sat 16 Aug 14

pradagucci says...

You can't stop the content of a particular advert as long as it's legal. It's a legal business, most people may not agree with the business but Bolton council can't stop them advertising if they accept adverts. Also not to forget all this free publicity they have now.
You can't stop the content of a particular advert as long as it's legal. It's a legal business, most people may not agree with the business but Bolton council can't stop them advertising if they accept adverts. Also not to forget all this free publicity they have now. pradagucci
  • Score: 8

10:38am Sat 16 Aug 14

hoppyhol says...

Cllr Says - “It’s associating the council with a company that I don’t think it wants to be associated with.”

I doubt Cash Converters would want to be associated with the shambles that is Bolton Council.
Cllr Says - “It’s associating the council with a company that I don’t think it wants to be associated with.” I doubt Cash Converters would want to be associated with the shambles that is Bolton Council. hoppyhol
  • Score: 23

10:50am Sat 16 Aug 14

boredofbolton says...

I rhink he should take anger management classes if this is all it takes to get his back up! Sad
I rhink he should take anger management classes if this is all it takes to get his back up! Sad boredofbolton
  • Score: 15

12:06pm Sat 16 Aug 14

miroku says...

They should give the flyers out to the Councillors at every meeting, might help them keep their council tax payments up to date.
They should give the flyers out to the Councillors at every meeting, might help them keep their council tax payments up to date. miroku
  • Score: 14

12:31pm Sat 16 Aug 14

mrs philainsy says...

If that Leaflet had been handed to the 2 Councillors who were behind with the Council Tax Payments, they may not be News Headlines now.
If that Leaflet had been handed to the 2 Councillors who were behind with the Council Tax Payments, they may not be News Headlines now. mrs philainsy
  • Score: 14

2:11pm Sat 16 Aug 14

keithyno.1 says...

WHAT a non-story!!! As a councillor of this run down dump, Roger Hayes SURELY must have more important stuff to occupy himself with and worry about rather than this trivial nonsense??

For example, the prolifertion of mosques in Bolton which are completely foreign and alien to OUR English culture, the disgraceful state of the town centre which drives potential shoppers away in their droves to Middlebrook and the Trafford Centre, and the complete lack of pride almost everyone feels about Bolton these days....
WHAT a non-story!!! As a councillor of this run down dump, Roger Hayes SURELY must have more important stuff to occupy himself with and worry about rather than this trivial nonsense?? For example, the prolifertion of mosques in Bolton which are completely foreign and alien to OUR English culture, the disgraceful state of the town centre which drives potential shoppers away in their droves to Middlebrook and the Trafford Centre, and the complete lack of pride almost everyone feels about Bolton these days.... keithyno.1
  • Score: -1

5:51pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Lesmathes17 says...

Bolton scene? Do you mean that propaganda publication for Bolton Council? To be honest I can't remember the last time I had one of those pushed through my door. I assume the person paid to deliver it puts them all in his bin. Thank you!!
Bolton scene? Do you mean that propaganda publication for Bolton Council? To be honest I can't remember the last time I had one of those pushed through my door. I assume the person paid to deliver it puts them all in his bin. Thank you!! Lesmathes17
  • Score: 9

9:58pm Sat 16 Aug 14

pradagucci says...

keithyno.1 wrote:
WHAT a non-story!!! As a councillor of this run down dump, Roger Hayes SURELY must have more important stuff to occupy himself with and worry about rather than this trivial nonsense??

For example, the prolifertion of mosques in Bolton which are completely foreign and alien to OUR English culture, the disgraceful state of the town centre which drives potential shoppers away in their droves to Middlebrook and the Trafford Centre, and the complete lack of pride almost everyone feels about Bolton these days....
There should be a mosque in the town centre. I think an entire floor or even the library would be fine. Lemme ring king Abdullah of Saudia Arabia and get some funds sent across.........even the octagon theatre would work......THE OCTAGON MOSQUE......with a octagon dome......
[quote][p][bold]keithyno.1[/bold] wrote: WHAT a non-story!!! As a councillor of this run down dump, Roger Hayes SURELY must have more important stuff to occupy himself with and worry about rather than this trivial nonsense?? For example, the prolifertion of mosques in Bolton which are completely foreign and alien to OUR English culture, the disgraceful state of the town centre which drives potential shoppers away in their droves to Middlebrook and the Trafford Centre, and the complete lack of pride almost everyone feels about Bolton these days....[/p][/quote]There should be a mosque in the town centre. I think an entire floor or even the library would be fine. Lemme ring king Abdullah of Saudia Arabia and get some funds sent across.........even the octagon theatre would work......THE OCTAGON MOSQUE......with a octagon dome...... pradagucci
  • Score: -2

9:37am Mon 18 Aug 14

itsnotthatbad says...

pradagucci wrote:
keithyno.1 wrote:
WHAT a non-story!!! As a councillor of this run down dump, Roger Hayes SURELY must have more important stuff to occupy himself with and worry about rather than this trivial nonsense??

For example, the prolifertion of mosques in Bolton which are completely foreign and alien to OUR English culture, the disgraceful state of the town centre which drives potential shoppers away in their droves to Middlebrook and the Trafford Centre, and the complete lack of pride almost everyone feels about Bolton these days....
There should be a mosque in the town centre. I think an entire floor or even the library would be fine. Lemme ring king Abdullah of Saudia Arabia and get some funds sent across.........even the octagon theatre would work......THE OCTAGON MOSQUE......with a octagon dome......
Can tell you're from halaliwell. pradagucci from cheetham hill market. what you should do and I think nobody would oppose this, is build mosques and faith schools on the same roads or next door or opposite to every labour councillor !!
[quote][p][bold]pradagucci[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]keithyno.1[/bold] wrote: WHAT a non-story!!! As a councillor of this run down dump, Roger Hayes SURELY must have more important stuff to occupy himself with and worry about rather than this trivial nonsense?? For example, the prolifertion of mosques in Bolton which are completely foreign and alien to OUR English culture, the disgraceful state of the town centre which drives potential shoppers away in their droves to Middlebrook and the Trafford Centre, and the complete lack of pride almost everyone feels about Bolton these days....[/p][/quote]There should be a mosque in the town centre. I think an entire floor or even the library would be fine. Lemme ring king Abdullah of Saudia Arabia and get some funds sent across.........even the octagon theatre would work......THE OCTAGON MOSQUE......with a octagon dome......[/p][/quote]Can tell you're from halaliwell. pradagucci from cheetham hill market. what you should do and I think nobody would oppose this, is build mosques and faith schools on the same roads or next door or opposite to every labour councillor !! itsnotthatbad
  • Score: 2

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