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Healthcare PRs echo Lord Rose's call for comms to come first in NHS transformation

Healthcare PRs echo Lord Rose's call for comms to come first in NHS transformation

PR consultants have welcomed a call for transformation of the NHS' talent and leadership to be led by a new comms strategy - so long as it is co-created, and avoids "reinventing the wheel".

Government spending on comms halved and more cuts to come

Government spending on comms halved and more cuts to come

The Government cut its annual spend on comms by more than half during the last Parliament and aims to reduce it further, according to its annual comms plan.

Wigan Council suspends head of PR following embarrassing ITV documentary

Wigan Council suspends head of PR following embarrassing ITV documentary

The head of PR at Wigan Council has been temporarily suspended from his duties pending a council investigation into its participation in an ITV documentary.

#ImInWorkJeremy campaign forces Government to respond

A grassroots campaign that was trending on Twitter over the weekend has forced Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to respond to doctors across England after promising to impose seven-day working.

Government comms should be 'simple' and 'human', says ex-PR David Cameron

Government comms should be 'simple' and 'human', says ex-PR David Cameron

Prime Minister David Cameron has urged all civil servants and government departments to make all communication with the public "human, clear, simple, helpful and professional".

Culture Secretary announces review of BBC ahead of charter renewal

Culture Secretary announces review of BBC ahead of charter renewal

The Government has launched a Green Paper to look at the future of the BBC, but has put on hold plans to scrap legal enforcement of the television licence fee.

Met Police calls pitch for consultancy brief

Met Police calls pitch for consultancy brief

The Metropolitan Police Service is looking for an agency that can help with the structure and design of its marketing and communications department.

TUC co-ordinates 'positive' campaign by unions over Trade Union Bill

TUC co-ordinates 'positive' campaign by unions over Trade Union Bill

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) is co-ordinating trade unions' response to the Government's new Trade Union Bill, saying the campaign will focus on "promoting our positive agenda".

CIPR's new lobbying register welcomed by government registrar

The CIPR has launched the UK Lobbying Register, it was announced today.

Government lines up panel to probe BBC Charter Review

Senior figures from Johnston Press, Yahoo, Shine Group and Shazam have been confirmed among the eight-strong panel of experts appointed to advise on the BBC Charter Review process.

Don't believe the PR hype, warns Liam Fox in Edelman Budget debate

Don't believe the PR hype, warns Liam Fox in Edelman Budget debate

A Chancellor would be foolish to believe the PR hype about how their Budget was received, former Conservative defence secretary Liam Fox MP said in a panel debate on Thursday to dissect George Osborne's Budget.

Tackling the gender pay gap: The £65,000 question

Tackling the gender pay gap: The £65,000 question

A new survey shows that the stubborn issue of the gender pay gap refuses to go away, despite the introduction of the Equal Pay Act 45 years ago. It reveals that men in the PR and comms industry are, on average, paid £10,000 more than women and that they receive a "staggering" £65,000 more in bonus payments than women in equivalent roles.

Young Enterprise appoints Hotwire for PR brief after five-way pitch

Young Enterprise appoints Hotwire for PR brief after five-way pitch

Young Enterprise, the UK enterprise and financial education charity for young people, has brought in Hotwire to raise its corporate and consumer profile.

UKPAC closes and hands responsibility for lobbying register to CIPR

UKPAC closes and hands responsibility for lobbying register to CIPR

The UK Public Affairs Council has announced that it is closing with immediate effect and handing over responsibility for its register of lobbyists to the CIPR.

Opinion and features

Where are the support networks for gay PR people?

Where are the support networks for gay PR people?

The PR world has always had a large number of gay practitioners but support networks for this community remain notably absent.

Professional associations for internal comms are the living parody of the Cheshire Cat

Professional associations for internal comms are the living parody of the Cheshire Cat

For the past decade "IC is at a crossroads" has become a clichéd topic in books, conferences and online discussions.

Brands are failing women's sport

Brands are failing women's sport

The success of the England team at the recent FIFA Women's World Cup has only further increased my ire because it highlights the great brand hypocrisy of our time: why aren't brands investing in women's sport?

Tessa Jowell's appointment shows the value of placing social purpose centre stage

Tessa Jowell's appointment shows the value of placing social purpose centre stage

I am not surprised at Tessa Jowell's appointment as Chime Specialist Group chair - social purpose has been one of the PR industry's worst kept secrets over the past few years, with the discovery that values are an incredibly important part of reputation and building relationships with consumers and stakeholders.

Mentoring Project: Coached by the best

Mentoring Project: Coached by the best

PRWeek and Women in PR have joined forces to relaunch the Mentoring Project, which is designed to encourage more female leaders in comms.

Take the money or keep your principles: The moral dilemma for PRs

Take the money or keep your principles: The moral dilemma for PRs

We have recently ceased working on a project. I'd like to say it was a mutual agreement brought about by creative differences, but that would be like saying we won't work for a tobacco company because we think cigarettes might be a bit unhealthy.

Social naivety put the brakes on support for Tube strike

Social naivety put the brakes on support for Tube strike

From a quick scan of my Twitter feed yesterday morning, it would appear that most people's feelings towards yesterday's Tube strike ranged from mild annoyance to seething anger. How dare those greedy so-and-so's on £50k, working 36 hours a week, with 42 days holiday, ask for more money, went the general rhetoric.

Osborne is auditioning for the star role with today's Budget

Osborne is auditioning for the star role with today's Budget

Make no mistake about it, George Osborne is auditioning for the top role. Today's Budget confirms that the Chancellor has transformed himself into a formidable politician who could one day run the country. Delivering his seventh Budget, Osborne had three strategic aims.

Have companies lost their legal right to defend their reputations?

Have companies lost their legal right to defend their reputations?

Without much fanfare, a new Defamation Act last year introduced what could be a significant obstacle for any business wishing to rely on its legal rights to defend and protect its reputation.

A momentous decision has been made, or has it?

A momentous decision has been made, or has it?

When David Cameron commissioned Sir Howard Davies in 2012 he must have thought that 2015 seemed a long way away, and he may have imagined that it would be Ed Miliband making the decision on Heathrow expansion or he would at least have Liberal Democrats in his Government to blame for his hands being tied.

Cannes 2015: The view from the editor-in-chief

Cannes 2015: The view from the editor-in-chief

The much-hyped, media-saturated Cannes Lions week is over for another year and it is easy to forget that, beyond the glittering yachts and the Yves St Laurent (apparently), the whole point of this 'international festival of creativity' is to be the showcase of the best campaigns from around the world.

Recent public sector people moves

FleishmanHillard hires Teneo's Michelle di Leo to head new standalone public affairs arm

FleishmanHillard hires Teneo's Michelle di Leo to head new standalone public affairs arm

FleishmanHillard is to split its UK public affairs and corporate arm into two divisions, and has appointed former Teneo SVP Michelle di Leo to lead the new standalone public affairs team.

TUC gets Bance as new head of comms as unions come under 'severe attack'

TUC gets Bance as new head of comms as unions come under 'severe attack'

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has appointed Antonia Bance as its new comms chief following last month's retirement of Nigel Stanley, who had held the role for 18 years.

APCO picks Gadi Dechter to lead public affairs practice

Dechter had served as a staffer in the White House since 2013.

Labour mayoral candidate Tessa Jowell becomes Chime Specialist Group chair

Labour mayoral candidate Tessa Jowell becomes Chime Specialist Group chair

London mayoral candidate and former Labour culture secretary Dame Tessa Jowell has been appointed non-executive chairman of Chime Specialist Group, a division of global comms and sports marketing group Chime.

Former cross-government comms director Arthur Leathley moves to MTCnovo

Former cross-government comms director Arthur Leathley moves to MTCnovo

The former director of comms for the Prime Minister's Office and Cabinet Office, Arthur Leathley, has moved to MTCnovo, a new, privately run organisation for the rehabilitation of offenders.

Hume Brophy appoints former Conservative shadow minister Anne McIntosh

Hume Brophy appoints former Conservative shadow minister Anne McIntosh

Hume Brophy has appointed former Conservative shadow minister and select committee chair Anne McIntosh as a senior consultant in its public affairs team.

MoD director of defence comms Stephen Jolly departs

MoD director of defence comms Stephen Jolly departs

Ministry of Defence director of defence comms Stephen Jolly is to leave his role to take a research assignment at the Defence Academy on behalf of the MoD.