Letter - Govt must make civil service less political

Daniel Rogers is right to point out that the growth of the government's comms operation is linked to increased public and media demand for information, as well as the ever- expanding number and range of available communications channels ('The vicious circle of political spin,' 1 Sep).

The civil service PR function is an inevitable and valuable part of any government. But it is important that the public feel confident that civil servants are acting impartially.

The CIPR supported the Government's decision to strip special advisers of their power to command civil servants, but we continue to call for an act to legally enshrine civil service impartiality.

This is crucial to restoring public confidence.

Ann Mealor, deputy director, CIPR.

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