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Kent County Council is set to cut its comms and media directorate in a bid to reduce the council's budget by £340m over the next four years.

The comms function will instead be handled by a new customer and communities department. The Isle of Wight Council is undergoing a restructure of comms and performance departments, and staff are in the process of being consulted. Councillor George Brown said a total of £32m needed to shaved from the council's budget over the next four years, with £17m disappearing in 2011. 'Job losses across the council are inevitable,' he said.

The London Borough of Hillingdon is launching a campaign to promote the success of its library refurbishment programme, which has seen visitor numbers to some libraries increase by more than 80 per cent. Hillingdon is the only local authority in London that is guaranteeing funding, and is bucking the national trend by investing £4m over six years, whereas other local authorities are making cuts to the service.

Dacorum Borough Council's comms team is holding a breakfast seminar to share the council's experiences of 'Making Strategic Cuts in Changing Times'.

The free event takes place in Hemel Hempstead on Tuesday, 7 December, from 8.15am to 9.30am.

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