Councils will not be able to close meetings to the press 'on the grounds of political advice' under new regulations from the Department for Communities & Local Government.
Grayling has been taken on to provide comms for rail firms CrossCountry and Grand Central following a pitch process.
The East London Advertiser has been criticised by the National Union of Journalists after the title published details of the salary packages of staff working for Tower Hamlets' East End Life council paper. The NUJ criticised the paper for working out a salary by dividing the staff costs of £218,000 by the 4.6 employees. The council has come under fire recently for publishing the title on a weekly basis.
Hammersmith and Fulham Council has launched a magazine named Buzz that will be sent out to schools and includes contributions by schoolchildren. Louise Raisey, corporate comms manager for the council, said the model was costeffective and 'one others might want to follow'.