Local Public Services Group

The CIPR's Local Public Services group represents communications professionals working directly in  or supporting local public services, including local government, health, housing, education and the emergency services.

Visit our blog at http://localpublicservicecomms.org for our regular news and thought pieces on public sector communications.


Feature stories

> 25 years commitment to CPD leads to Chartered

> Local public service communications marked in CIPR's 70th anniversary

> Being a resilient communicator

> Why I adopted nudge theory and why you should to?

> Raising mental health awareness through comms

> A "let's talk" approach to corporate comms

> Call for long term engagement to build relationships

> From royal reporter to NHS comms

> Tents, no mobiles - comms practitioners' gain respite and CPD

> Putting a council's intranet in the public domain

More on our programme

A detailed 2018 programme is being planned to help support our members. Here are the confirmed events and projects to date.

26 April 2018, 5.30pm-7.30pm Leeds

March 2018 - Regeneration communications event

Summer 2018 - Intellectual Property webinar 2

Digital transformation research project
We are gathering research materials including case studies on digital transformation for a report and webinar later this year.  The webinar will explore 'Managing communications in the digital age with the self-service citizen', a CPD webinar with the CIPR Wessex and CMI Southern. Contact us to get involved or submit materials.

31 January 2018 - Behaviour Change Workshop, CIPR HQ, London - bookings now closed. This event has sold out.
> Using behavioural insight to tackle issues (LPS blog site)
> Why you should adopted nudge theory - (LPS blog site)

CPD webinars 2017

More details

Five CPD points are available for CIPR members who attended these webinars.

5 December 2017 'Mental toughness and personal resilience' - this CPD webinar was provided with thanks to trainers AQR International and CMI Southern and included a panel of CIPR and CMI members.

6 December 2017 'Managing how your organisation and teams deal with GDPR' - speakers included senior communications practitioners working with information management, representatives from the Centre of Excellence for Information Sharing and the Information Commissioner's Office.

> More on the GDPR webinar on our blog site

> Why GDPR is an opportunity for your organisation (Centre of Excellence for Information Sharing's Holly Bremner writes for the LPS blog)

Fake news and ethics event, Oct 2017 - CIPR South West and CIPR LPS - thanks to all those involved with providing this event.

> Read the blog by Tim Borrett MCMI and why communications practitioners at the event are calling for long term engagement to build relationships

'Intellectual Property - why is it important to you', Oct 2017 - this CPD webinar was held with IPO, Chartered Management Institute Southern and communications practitioners working in this area. Thank you to all those involved and particularly to the Intellectual Property Office (IPO). The next in the series will be held in Spring. 


We represent communicators working in or supporting local public services, from councils and health authorities to regional police and ambulance authorities. We are a voice for you at a national level and within the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. If you have issues, concerns or just want to shout about your work, we are there to help you.

Our main aims are to:

  • promote good practice and encourage professional development and standards
  • support local public services to continue to deliver great communications during a period of significant cuts in the public and not-for-profit sectors
  • promote the benefits of partnership working
  • promote the role of council and other public services communications as effective tools to engage with residents and other stakeholders.

The group conducted an extensive research project into local public service communications in 2015 resulting in a report 'Influence for Impact'. An ongoing programme of CPD events, working with other parts of the CIPR, are planned for 2018. More about the research and its findings on our blog site.

Get in touch

For authorative comment on local public service communications issues, contact the CIPR Local Public Services Group.

Email the Group Chair, Mandy Pearse and the LPS committee.

You can also follow us on Twitter or join our Facebook / LinkedIn groups.

Blog: localpublicservicecomms.org