Public Sector: The Public Sector Week

- Camden Council corporate comms manager Ashley Wilcox has written this week's public sector column on behalf of the CIPR Local Public Services Group. Wilcox writes that 'local government communicators are not challenging themselves but are taking the easy option. Local government has embraced digital comms, but we risk losing our advantage if we don't use the range of tools out there together and effectively'. To read the full column, go to prweek.com/uk.

- Essex County Council is launching a hunt for an interim head of comms for £450 to £500 a day. The contract period is for three months. It is looking for someone to 'develop and deliver the corporate comms strategy'. The role was previously held by Giles Roca, who moved on to work as head of government affairs at Westminster City Council.

- Strata Matrix, a bilingual public relations company in Wales, has gone into liquidation as a result of the public sector cutbacks, reports the BBC. The agency, which has offices in Aberystwyth and Cardiff, has made 12 people redundant, according to the BBC. Chairman and founder Wyn Melville-Jones said his firm had been the victim of the tough economic climate. He formed the company in Aberystwyth in 1979 and 10 years later an office opened in Cardiff.

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