Public Sector: The Public Sector Week

London Communications Agency director Luke Blair has written this week's public sector column on the Government's drive towards localism and the challenges this poses for PROs. To read the full column go to prweek.com/uk and click on public sector.

Brighton and Hove City Council has appointed a head of media relations, who joins from BBC 5 Live. Corinna Allen has been a senior journalist and news organiser for the station, leading a team of journalists on the bulletins desk. Allen is set to join the council in the New Year, reporting to head of comms John Shewell.

The Department for Communities and Local Government's comms unit is now about one third smaller than it was in 2010, having completed a downsizing process that took place during the past fortnight.

Kindred assisted the Technology Strategy Board with media engagement at its annual one-day showcase event, Innovate 2011, which took place on Tuesday. The brief was to conduct a roundtable session for selected journalists, to help them find out more about the UK's new Technology and Innovation Centres programme. The total cost of the activity was just under £4,000.

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