Public Sector: The Week in Public Sector

- COI report reveals £29.3m PR and sponsorship spend, Camden Council seeks new staff.

- The Central Office of Information (COI) has released its annual report, revealing that it spent £29.3m on PR and sponsorship during 2007-08. Some £11.2m of this was purely for PR. The overall sum is an increase of 28.5 per cent on the previous year's £22.7m.

- South Hams Council comms manager Jenny Bishop is leaving to take up a newly created post with House of Fraser. She joins as PR and promotions manager for the South West.

- Camden Council is seeking five new PR and communications officers: an assistant press and public relations officer, a communications and marketing officer, a press and PR officer and two senior communications and marketing officers.

- British Council director of comms Clare Sears is leaving the UK to take up a new role for the government body in Albania. She joins as head of marketing and communications for South East Europe. The British Council is seeking a replacement.

- English Partnerships has appointed Brahm to handle a stakeholder engagement project for a new eco-development based in the former Wharfedale General Hospital in West Yorkshire. Brahm's campaign includes regional and trade media relations.

- Museum of London has drafted in Kate Rosser to its PR team ahead of the launch of its new galleries in 2010. Her role as the assistant press officer will include promoting the new £20.5m galleries that tell the story of London.

- Shropshire Tourism is launching a campaign to promote Charles Darwin in Shrewsbury to tie in with the 2009 celebrations marking Darwin's 200th birthday.

- CORRECTION In last week's campaign breakdown the budget for the Learning and Skills Council's 'In our Hands' campaign was printed as more than £100m, when it was in fact £100,000.

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