Public Sector: The Public Sector Week

Westminster City Council director of comms Alex Aiken writes in this week's column about preparing public sector PR for the downturn. For the full column, go to

LG Communications and the Local Government Association are jointly holding two briefings explaining how to deal with the issue of purdah in the run-up to the local and general elections. They will take place in London on 23 February and Birmingham on 26 February.

Kent County Council has axed its council-run web TV service to save money. Kent TV was launched in September 2007 at a cost of £1.4m, but costs £600,000 each year to run.

BCS Public Relations is to promote the National Apprenticeship Service across the East Midlands. The campaign is part of a nationwide comms programme aimed at raising awareness of the business benefits of taking on apprentices and showing young people that apprenticeships are a viable alternative to pure academic study.

Porter Novelli has been awarded a place on the Buying Solutions roster of firms providing marketing comms services to the public sector, as part of a joint bid with Quadrant Consultants.

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