Public Sector: Isle of Wight cuts PR staff

Isle of Wight Council has halved the number of staff in its comms, performance and policy functions, leading to the loss of 20 jobs.

The move follows a review of the council's comms and performance departments, announced last November.

Isle of Wight Council chief executive Steve Beynon said: 'Despite the reduction in posts, the comms department will now assume responsibility for more areas, including more internet-based services and supporting the council's partnership arrangements as well as policy-related functions.'

The comms unit is being renamed the resident information and consultation department.

The council has made the cuts through compulsory and voluntary redundancies and early retirement. A total of £32m needs to shaved from the council's budget over the next four years.

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