Intermittently we receive in the letterbox a "ward newsletter" from the Council. There's probably a schedule for their issue, but I haven't bothered looking for it. Be that as it may, one has just arrived. It seems to have shrunk in size - although the inevitable write-ups about each of the ward councillors have suffered no reduction in space. I suppose that this is one of the perks of incumbency.
I'm not sure whether it's by accident or design, but this issue arrived a few days before the rates (when paid by one annual amount) are due to be paid. It couldn't be that the newsletter is intended to convey the impression that we're getting some sort of value from our rates, could it?
The other time when we can be sure of receiving one is in the weeks leading up to council elections!