The Public Sector Week

Tower Hamlets rebuts news reports, Hampshire forestry commission seeks PR support.

Pam Calvert: Communications Management
Pam Calvert: Communications Management

The London Borough of Tower Hamlets has hit out at reports that an extra £400,000 of taxpayers' money may be needed to fund its East End Life newspaper. 'Despite recent reports to the contrary, the cost of East End Life has not gone up and remains at 2.3 pence per copy,' said deputy leader Joshua Peck. 'The £396,000 overspend relates in fact to the entire communications budget at Tower Hamlets - and is a mid-year projection of where we would be at year end if no action were taken.'

The Forestry Commission in Hampshire is seeking a PR agency to support its work. The commission is putting out a tender for a three-year contract. The agency would support the commission in writing press releases, working on campaigns and writing articles.

Communications Management, headed by MD Pam Calvert, has been appointed by Brunel University in west London. It will deliver a three-year programme that includes media relations, social media and public affairs. The focus of the programme is the university's increasingly significant research activity, which has been boosted by increased government funding.

LG Communications has been working with the Department for Communities and Local Government to improve the advice available to local authorities on measures to help people and businesses through the recession. This has led to a new resource on the info4local website called Real Help Now - info4local.gov.uk/realhelpnow/ - aimed at providing councils with the ability to better understand central government recession schemes.

The London Borough of Hillingdon has appointed Olivia Szajna as marketing, design and consultation manager. Szajna joins from the marketing team at Ikea and will report to head of comms and LG Communications chair David Holdstock. Hillingdon won Local Authority of the Year in the Good Communications Awards for the second year running earlier this year.

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