Public Sector: The Public Sector Week

CIPR Local Public Services Group media spokeswoman Helen White writes this week's column on devolving power from Whitehall.

To read it, please go to prweek.com/uk.

Portsmouth City Council has appointed Navigate Design to provide PR, marketing consultancy, media advertising and web services for Portsmouth Commercial Port.

East Coast railway has promoted Neal Smith to the role of head of comms. He was external comms manager at the Government-owned train operator. Smith succeeds Alan Hyde, who has left to pursue other opportunities.

SDLP Assembly member Dolores Kelly is calling for a review of council spending in Northern Ireland after revealing that £5m a year is being spent on PR by its 26 councils. The biggest spender was Belfast City Council, which had a PR outlay in 2008/09 of £1,462,512. Next highest was Coleraine with £465,849, followed by North Down with £305,092.

The Labour Party has launched a campaign opposing the Government's NHS reforms. After a launch event in Manchester on 31 July attended by patients, healthcare workers and shadow health secretary Andy Burnham, the Defend Our NHS campaign continues throughout the summer.

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