ERYC – Numbers Don’t Add Up

In ERYC – False Advertising Claims I revealed how East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) “received not one penny from advertising income, yet they are claiming that they received £559,347“.

Under the Freedom of Information Act the information I receive from ERYC is in constant flux:

  1. Originally it was claimed that £1,082,676 was received from “advertising income”.
  2. Then it was stated that this was a “mistake” and the correct figure was £559,347.
  3. Today I am informed that the “advertising income” for the Spring 2015 issue was £5,200.

Breakdown of Income (2)

For the last two years there has been 4 issues per year. For the previous four years there was 12 issues per year. This makes a total of 56 issues.

56 issues x £5,200 = £291,200

£559,347 – £291,200 = £268,147 shortfall

How is this to be explained:

  1. We made a second mistake the “advertising income” is £291,200.
  2. The cost of the magazine (expenditure – “advertising income”) has changed from £517,324 to £1,040,653 to £1,308,800.

Is This Fraud?

Are ERYC cooking the books? Should this be referred to the Police?

Email To ERYC

—– Original Message —–

From: Andy Strangeway


Sent: Tuesday, September 01, 2015 7:00 PM

Subject: ERYC – Numbers Don’t Add Up

Dear Alan,

Could I please refer you to

Could I please request that you investigate this case and confirm how the “advertising income” of £559,347 was originally calculated?

In addition could you please inform me why the word “Advertisment” does not appear above the adverts in Your East Riding.

NB: I have blind copied all the Councillors into this email.

Kindest Regards,

Andy Strangeway

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