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Communication - 24 September 2009

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Communication briefing - the top local government news and events in one place


1) Comms Review

The Audit Commission is reviewing the value of council communications. It will assess all aspects of communications, including press offices, publications, websites and spending on advertising jobs.

2) LGA Lobbying Appointment

The Local Government Association has appointed a new head of media and campaigns. Iain Wilton joins from lobbying firm Quintus Public Affairs, where he was associate director. He was previously head of communications and public affairs at Marylebone Cricket Club and has written a biography of cricket and football legend C.B. Fry. Mr Williams joins the LGA on a 12-month contract.

3) Waltham Forest Complaint

Opposition Waltham Forest LBC councillors have complained, following the appointment of the former head of London Labour Party’s press office as head of media and external relations. Joe Derrett was also previously the mayor of London’s deputy chief press officer (reports PR Week).

4) PR Award for Camden

Camden LBC’s communication team has won the Chartered Institute of Public Relations’ award for Outstanding In-House Public Relations Team. (reports CIPR).


Birmingham continues to defend new website

  • New ranking system and updated assessment criteria announced for Better connected, Socitm Insight’s annual survey of the quality of council websites (reports SOCITM)





‘Public Sector Brand Management 2009’, LGC conference, 8 December, London.

Chartered Institute of Public Relations Local Public Services’ annual conference, 14-16 October, Edinburgh.

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