The Public Sector Week

The CIPR local public services group annual conference in Brighton will feature a speech from Tony Blair's former director of comms Alastair Campbell.

Alastair Campbell: speaking at CIPR conference
Alastair Campbell: speaking at CIPR conference

Haringey Council's Haringey Life publication has come under fire from Haringey Liberal Democrat councillor Ed Butcher, who called it a 'propaganda rag' in The Sun last Wednesday. As part of the newspaper's War on Waste campaign, it states the freesheet costs the public £259,000 a year and that since it was set up in the 1990s it has 'hoovered up £3m in public money'.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has issued an internal memo that has ruled there is to be no comms spending without sign-off from BIS director of comms Russell Grossman.

David Cameron's communications director Andy Coulson is being paid £50,000 more than the PM's influential strategy chief Steve Hilton, revealed last week (10 June). With an annual salary of £140,000 a year, Coulson tops the list of Downing Street special advisers whose names and pay have been released by the coalition.

Monmouthshire County Council comms manager Robert Webb writes this week's column on behalf of the CIPR local public services group. To read it, go to


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