Public Sector: The Public Sector Week

London Communications Agency director Luke Blair writes this week's public sector column on Alexander Lebedev's purchase of The Independent and Metro gaining a new underground deal. To read it, go to

Jeremy Mooney has returned to his position as director of comms at the Department for Transport, after a comms role in Afghanistan. Acting director Edward Funnell has now become deputy director of stakeholder engagement at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

A BBC survey of all UK councils has revealed that reducing comms budgets is not listed by any council as a priority in the coming year. Westminster City Council director of comms Alex Aiken said this was a 'sign of how far good comms has embedded itself in local authorities'.

The CIPR Public Services group has been oversubscribed by people wanting to be on the committee, and so is going to a vote. Nominations are sought from CIPR members who work in, or for: local government; social housing; further or higher education, and probation, emergency and health services.

The Local Government Association is entering into a rebranding process, with a soft launch this month, rolling out the new brand in phases.

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