Job cuts likely at authorities

Council comms teams are bracing themselves for job cuts after The Times revealed last week that 40 councils were planning a total of 7,000 redundancies.

Camden Borough Council director of comms Paul Inglefield said council budgets for 2009-10 were being agreed, but 'we are reviewing what we are doing in light of the recession and looking to make changes where appropriate'.

He said this could mean campaigns are cut or resources redirected into areas such as debt advice campaigning.

Another inner London authority is understood to be losing five posts from its comms team as a result of council-wide budget cuts. The council could not be revealed as the staff had not yet been informed as PRWeek went to press.

Local Government Association head of news Richard Stokoe said he would be surprised if comms teams were not affected by the 7,000 planned redundancies.

One council comms director went further, saying this would 'inevitably' involve comms departments, adding that it was most likely to affect peripheral comms teams.

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