Islington bucks council trends by slashing its PR

Islington Council is to axe half of the staff in its eight-strong communications department, putting the job of head of communications Fiona Nicol under threat, as part of a cost-led shake up at the council.

Islington Council is to axe half of the staff in its eight-strong

communications department, putting the job of head of communications

Fiona Nicol under threat, as part of a cost-led shake up at the

council.



According to Liberal Democrat councillor Laura Willoughby, the

communications team was targeted as part of a wider manifesto commitment

to trim back administrative areas they saw as overweight when the

borough moved to Lib Dem control in January.



Willoughby said the council had not yet worked out how much money it

will save from the cut-backs. When they are complete all communications

responsibility will be devolved back to individual service areas, with

members of staff in each department taking control for communications

from that department.



The remaining central team of four will support each department’s

communications work, deal with council-wide communications and new media

communications. The future of Nicol is not decided.



Nicol has been in the post just seven months after being headhunted to

lead the upgraded corporate PR role which has responsibility for

marketing and communications across the council.



Islington’s plans to downgrade communications come at a time when

councils across the UK are making a special effort to upgrade the

importance of communications in anticipation of new legislation which

demands higher levels of consultation and communication in local

government.



Leader, p8.



Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register
Already registered?
Sign in

Would you like to post a comment?

Please Sign in or register.