according to a MORI survey of councils commissioned by the Local Government
which paints a useful picture of increasing professionalism across the
Some of the key findings were:
* 90% report good relations with their local press
* 76% say members and officers view communications as a major factor in
building a successful council
* 81% of councils produce a regular resident's newspaper or magazine
* 79% have communications as a corporate priority
* 69% of councils provide media training for councillors and officers
LGA chief executive Brian Briscoe said:
'It's clear from the survey that councils are increasingly taking
communications very seriously. They are taking a professional approach
towards consulting and informing their local communities.
'Local authorities are developing new ways to set out their ideas,
particularly increasing their use of e-communications. They are also keen to
work more closely with the LGA and other national local government agencies
to raise the profile of their successes at a national level.'
A full copy of the survey is available (for sale). Details here.