The recruitment crisis continues at Lewisham Council where a
cross-party committee of councillors has rejected a candidate for the
vacant head of communications post selected by council officers, on
grounds which are undisclosed. Until a new candidate is found, the
communications department will continue to be run by consultant Paul
Richards, who has been employed from consultancy Chelgate for more than
Five London local authorities were without a communications head at some
time last year, but all except Lewisham have now resolved the matter.