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Willoughby takes on Yorkshire and Humber housing brief, Westminster stalwarts move on.

Home and Communities Agency (HCA), the housing and regeneration quango, has appointed Willoughby PR to handle its communications in the Yorkshire and Humber region. The agency has been serving the East and West Midlands Home and Communities Agency for more than eight years and supported the organisation in its former guise of English Partnerships through its transition into HCA.

Westminster comms team stalwarts Robin Campbell and Paul Masterman are to start work with new local authorities in the coming month. Campbell will be head of communications at Southwark Borough Council and Masterman will become interim head of comms at Lancashire County Council.

The LG Communications committee has agreed that it will seek to work with the newspaper industry to improve the quality of reporting of council work. It is also planning to teach comms teams in local authorities that 'quantity of council publications may not necessarily mean quality'. It was revealed recently that councils that published more frequently scored lower ratings for informing their residents. LG is also planning a training programme for public service communicators that will start in the autumn.

Hampshire County Council's head of communications Keith Kerslake has resigned from his Winchester-based post to take up a similar role with the Homes and Communities Agency. Kerslake joined from the then Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions. The council has yet to appoint a replacement.

The SPA Way has been working to help Westminster Kingsway College launch its King's Cross Centre, one of the first substantial building projects in London to be completed under the Government's Building Colleges for the Future programme. The building was funded in part (55 per cent) by the Learning & Skills Council. The SPA Way is hosting a number of events including a workshop with a performing arts agent.

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