Last week’s Press Gazette claimed that 3,400 communications staff – more than double the total for central government – worked in local government. Here’s a response by the Chair of LGcomms…
by Cormac Smith
In last week’s Press Gazette, William Turvill wrote about local councils employing at least 3,400 communications staff – more than double the total for central government. His report went on to talk about the decline of local newspapers, implying to this reader a link – but never actually provided any evidence of one.
It is not local councils who have decided to cut back investment in local titles – it is the publishers of these titles who have done this.
He went on to talk about questionable practice in a small number of councils and quoted a regional political editor who suggested many journalists would balk at the number of communications officers employed by local government – but who did not say why.