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Public Health England puts consumer account held by Freuds out to GCS roster

Public Health England puts consumer account held by Freuds out to GCS roster

Freud Communications faces a competitive pitch against other firms on the Government's Campaign Solutions roster to retain its long-held and prized comms brief with Public Health England.

Former Kensington Council leader Paget-Brown forms consultancy to work with local authorities

Former Kensington Council leader Paget-Brown forms consultancy to work with local authorities

Nicholas Paget-Brown, the former leader of Kensington Council, has set up a consultancy service for organisations who wish to work with local authorities.

Welsh campaigns to promote physical activity scrutinised as quarter of reception-age children deemed obese

Welsh campaigns to promote physical activity scrutinised as quarter of reception-age children deemed obese

The Welsh Government's record in encouraging children and young people to exercise and its comms to support this aim will come under scrutiny in a new inquiry by the Welsh Assembly.

Met launches child-safeguarding internal comms campaign in response to criticism from policing watchdog

Met launches child-safeguarding internal comms campaign in response to criticism from policing watchdog

The Metropolitan Police has launched an internal comms campaign to help officers and staff spot signs of children who are at risk of coming to harm, following a critical report from the policing watchdog last autumn.

'Insufficient evidence' that Government anti-drugs campaigns are effective, according to Home Office report

'Insufficient evidence' that Government anti-drugs campaigns are effective, according to Home Office report

Millions of pounds spent on anti-drug campaigns in recent years may have been wasted and in some cases even encouraged drug use, the Government has admitted.

Record number of drug drivers detected following national police campaign

Record number of drug drivers detected following national police campaign

Record numbers of drivers have failed drug tests and one in ten have failed breathalyser tests, despite a month-long national police campaign to deter motorists from driving while impaired.

Which agencies made it onto the new £8m Scottish Government PR roster and which missed out?

Which agencies made it onto the new £8m Scottish Government PR roster and which missed out?

The Scottish Government has confirmed the five agencies which have won a place on its four-year, £8m PR roster, with several new names on the list and some established consultancies not included.

Jamie Oliver slams government over 'blatant' lack of comms for childhood obesity drive

Jamie Oliver slams government over 'blatant' lack of comms for childhood obesity drive

Jamie Oliver has accused the government of 'not giving a f*ck' while deliberately downplaying the launch of what was supposed to be a major drive to tackle obesity.

Electoral Commission calls for 'immediate steps' to help reduce duplicate General Election votes

Electoral Commission calls for 'immediate steps' to help reduce duplicate General Election votes

Amid fears of electoral fraud due to people voting twice, the independent elections watchdog is calling for a new comms campaign to crack down on voter duplication.

London Ambulance Service alcohol campaign aimed at young men achieves 50,000 views in first three days

London Ambulance Service alcohol campaign aimed at young men achieves 50,000 views in first three days

London Ambulance Service (LAS) has launched a campaign aimed at men in their 20s to reduce the number of alcohol-related incidents this summer after figures revealed that August is a higher peak than the December party season.

'Chatty van' hits the road for Highways England's first regional roadshow

'Chatty van' hits the road for Highways England's first regional roadshow

Highways England has launched its inaugural regional roadshow, with a mobile "chatty van" on a tour of the east of England, allowing people to find out how they will be affected by essential maintenance over the coming year.

Myth-busting campaign is helping teachers better understand Ofsted, organisation claims

Myth-busting campaign is helping teachers better understand Ofsted, organisation claims

Education inspectorate Ofsted has claimed a myth-busting campaign aimed at stopping "misinformation" about the organisation among teachers, has successfully debunked many of the most pervasive myths.

Charity Commission refutes criticism of EU guidance and perceived focus on Muslim charities as report shows trust in regulator is stuck in neutral

Charity Commission refutes criticism of EU guidance and perceived focus on Muslim charities as report shows trust in regulator is stuck in neutral

The Charity Commission comms team has hit back at criticism of the regulator over its handling of issues such as the EU referendum and its treatment of Muslim charities.

GCS moves to stamp out discrimination as latest figures detail bullying and harassment across Whitehall

GCS moves to stamp out discrimination as latest figures detail bullying and harassment across Whitehall

The coming months will see a renewed effort to stamp out discrimination, bullying and harassment within the Government Communication Service (GCS), according to its recently released diversity and inclusion strategy for the year ahead.

Opinion and features

So, you want my job? Press officer at the Charity Commission for England and Wales

So, you want my job? Press officer at the Charity Commission for England and Wales

PRWeek takes a sidelong look at recruitment in public sector comms. Do you fancy Kate Bell's job as press officer at the Charity Commission for England and Wales?

Better comms can reboot devolution and the Northern Powerhouse

Better comms can reboot devolution and the Northern Powerhouse

For an idea that its critics often derided as 'spin', the Northern Powerhouse is actually in need of much better PR.

Is PR a young person's game? At just the wrong side of 35, I prefer to think not

Is PR a young person's game? At just the wrong side of 35, I prefer to think not

Is PR a youngsters' game? It's a question that plays on my mind - especially since becoming a mum.

So, you want my job? Social media manager at NHS Blood and Transplant

So, you want my job? Social media manager at NHS Blood and Transplant

PRWeek takes a sidelong look at recruitment in public sector comms. Do you fancy Melissa Thermidor's job as social media manager at NHS Blood and Transplant?

Why selling in Brexit needs the PR masterplan of the century

Why selling in Brexit needs the PR masterplan of the century

When the head of communications for Britain's Exit from the European Union was appointed, the successful candidate inherited a 12-month legacy of confusing negative messaging, infrequent ministerial statements and misinformed citizens.

Does having ADHD make you a PR-oblem child?

Does having ADHD make you a PR-oblem child?

ADHD is still a topic of hushed discussion amongst many and there are multiple reasons people are simply happier to avoid the chat than discuss it openly.

Grenfell shows that public sector communicators must speak truth to power

Grenfell shows that public sector communicators must speak truth to power

In the wake of Kensington and Chelsea Council's response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the need for straight-talking communications in the public sector has never been greater.

So, you want my job? Head of news at the Competition and Markets Authority

So, you want my job? Head of news at the Competition and Markets Authority

PRWeek takes a sidelong look at recruitment in public sector comms. Do you fancy Vikki Buxton-Helyer's job as head of news & digital at the Competition and Markets Authority?

'Returnships' are a way to stem the haemorrhage of senior talent in PR

'Returnships' are a way to stem the haemorrhage of senior talent in PR

There is a problem with the talent supply chain, but parents returning from the 'PR Bermuda Triangle' can be the solution.

TfL's BAME internship scheme: 10 years, 24 alumni and a diversity of career paths

TfL's BAME internship scheme: 10 years, 24 alumni and a diversity of career paths

As Transport for London's BAME internship programme for PR and comms professionals celebrates its tenth year, PRWeek UK takes a look at the scheme and speaks to three of its alumni.

So, you want my job? Comms officer at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency

So, you want my job? Comms officer at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency

PRWeek takes a sidelong look at recruitment in public sector comms. Do you fancy Julia Gosling's job as comms officer at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency?

Recent public sector people moves

Public Relations Institute of Ireland seeks new leader as CEO takes job with country's new Taoiseach

Public Relations Institute of Ireland seeks new leader as CEO takes job with country's new Taoiseach

John Carroll has left the Public Relations Institute of Ireland to take a role as a special adviser to the Taoiseach, the country's prime minister.

Former charity chief exec and agency chief to lead comms at HMCTS

Former charity chief exec and agency chief to lead comms at HMCTS

Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunal Service has appointed former charity chief executive and special advisor Ed Owen as its new head of communications.

'A great hire': Katie Perrior and others on challenges ahead for Theresa May's new comms chief

'A great hire': Katie Perrior and others on challenges ahead for Theresa May's new comms chief

Theresa May's former communications director Katie Perrior has described her successor as "a great hire", as senior PR figures who know Robbie Gibb discuss the challenges aheadgin at Number 10.

BBC Daily & Sunday Politics editor Robbie Gibb named as Theresa May's comms chief

BBC Daily & Sunday Politics editor Robbie Gibb named as Theresa May's comms chief

Robbie Gibb, editor of the BBC's Daily & Sunday Politics show and executive editor of the broadcaster's Andrew Marr Show and This Week, has been appointed as Theresa May's new director of communications.

Water trade body draws from the well of government communicators

Water trade body draws from the well of government communicators

Water UK has appointed two new directors from the top ranks of government department comms. Rae Stewart, deputy director of the Government Communication Service, and Stuart Colville, principle private secretary at Defra, are to join the trade body in September.

All change at the Cabinet Office as Thompson re-joins Westminster Council

All change at the Cabinet Office as Thompson re-joins Westminster Council

Nick Thompson has left his job as press secretary to the minister for the Cabinet Office to re-join Westminster Council in its comms department, PRWeek can reveal.

Brexit secretary chief of staff James Chapman to join Bell Pottinger political team

Bell Pottinger has appointed former senior David Davis aide James Chapman as a partner in its political practice.