PUBLIC SECT0R: Funding review as the IPR local govt group misses out

The Institute of Public Relations could be set for a U-turn over the funding of its local government group.

Currently none of the subscription cash from the 287 IPR members in local government is pocketed by the group.

But after being confronted by the local government group's members at its AGM last week, IPR president John Aarons said the issue of funding for all specialist groups would be reviewed.

He said: 'We have a hotchpotch system with no great clarity. Some groups are supported better centrally. We are reviewing subscriptions - there needs to be a proper balance.'

He also said the group could enjoy more central staff resources in the future. All work is currently undertaken on a voluntary basis.

Local government group president Carl Welham welcomed the review calling it a 'positive move.' Also at the AGM, Welham was voted in as chair for the third year running.

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