PUBLIC SECT0R: IPR Local Government Conference

Institute pledges improved support for group needs.

The Institute of Public Relations has given a strong indication that local government group pleas for more support have been heeded.

At the group's annual conference IPR vice-president Tony Bradley told delegates that the completion in early 2003 of a review of all sectoral groups would be, 'good news for those in local government PR.'

This follows what Bradley referred to as, 'healthy debate' on the issue of funding. This included calls for better allocation of funding from members at the group's AGM earlier this year (PR Week, 15 February).

A group insider said a key demand was for more professional support from the IPR to help organise training, the annual conference, publications and other events. Currently this is undertaken by committee members on a voluntary basis.

Local government group chairman Carl Welham said: 'Support from IPR HQ has noticeably increased recently. We are looking forward to working with them more closely.'

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