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How local government works

with Adrian Pepper and

Simon Jones

17 February 2022
09:30am - 12:30pm
£95 +VAT

It's during these "unprecedented times" that we get to appreciate the important role that public service communications play. When circumstances are continually evolving around us, the delivery and translation of government policy to ensure that the right people at the right time receive the right information is critical. 

if you've ever wanted a better understanding of how your work in public sector communications fits into the machinery of government and the communication skill that can deliver better outcomes, join us for a  not-to-be-missed deep-dive into local government with political advisor Adrian Pepper, and Westco's Executive Director of Communications, Simon Jones

This course is for you if you: 

  • are a public sector professional/practitioner
  • enable the efficient and effective operation of public sector
  • plan, design, and deliver public service communications. 

Here's what you can expect on the day:

  • an enlightened online course on how local government works
  • a better understanding of what your colleagues do
  • the responsibilities of local government
  • how local government is structured and how that may change
  • the powers local government uses to impact people's daily lives
  • the big picture: seeing issues from more points of view
  • how local government is funded and where the money goes
  • how politics impacts the work of local authorities
  • the communication skills needed to effectively deliver public services information. 

Who should attend?

There are 20 spaces available for all public service communicators, including communications officers, research analysts, administrative officers, executive assistants, cabinet support staff, and governance and policy officers. 

About the trainers

Adrian Pepper has been advising businesses, government bodies, and third-sector organisations on their reputations and communication strategies for the past 30 years. A former Whitehall Special Adviser, Adrian has completed government communications projects for Central London Forward, the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster City Council. 

Simon Jones is an award-winning strategic communications professional with past experience as an editor and journalist for national newspapers in the UK and overseas. With 10+ years experience in local government communications, Simon is the Chair of LGcomms, the national network of professional development for local government communicators. Click here to find out more about the role the public sector plays in saving lives

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