PUBLIC SECTOR: Kingston fails to upgrade PR for second year

The London Borough of Kingston will continue to rely on lone press officer Chris Field to carry out all PR and communications after the hung council failed to find budget to upgrade the communications team for a second successive year. The cash-strapped council abolished the senior communications post at the borough to save money after former head of communications Deirdre Colledge left to take up the top PR job at Camden Council in April 1999. The move contrasts with news that Hackney is considering upgrading its top communications post in recognition of the vital role it plays in modern local government after recently losing its head of communications Marina Pirotta to Brent.

The London Borough of Kingston will continue to rely on lone press

officer Chris Field to carry out all PR and communications after the

hung council failed to find budget to upgrade the communications team

for a second successive year. The cash-strapped council abolished the

senior communications post at the borough to save money after former

head of communications Deirdre Colledge left to take up the top PR job

at Camden Council in April 1999. The move contrasts with news that

Hackney is considering upgrading its top communications post in

recognition of the vital role it plays in modern local government after

recently losing its head of communications Marina Pirotta to Brent.



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