Public Sector: The Public Sector Week

Hackney Council head of media Polly Rance writes this week's column on the aftermath of the London riots, on behalf of the CIPR local public services group, of which she is chair.

She states that communicators need to help repair the damage done to reputations of communities, 'in fostering the civic pride that drove hundreds of volunteers on to the streets to help clean up'. To read the full column, go to prweek.com/uk and click on public sector.

Waltham Forest Council has handed voluntary redundancy to assistant director of strategy and comms Kathryn Myers, as part of its restructuring plans. She was appointed in January and paid between £71,000 and £77,890.

Ipsos Mori research shows that 64 per cent of leaders drawn from central and local government, non-departmental public bodies and the health and education sectors say budget cuts are the most important issue facing their sector.

VisitEngland has announced the results of a new star rating scheme for motorway service areas, revealing 86 per cent to be three stars and above. VisitEngland worked with the Highways Agency and the five main operators of motorway services - Moto, Welcome Break, Roadchef, Extra and Westmorland.

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