“Forever radical, always welcoming, constantly creative. That’s Lambeth” – says council advert. Dear Advertising Standards Authority………

Policy and Communications Manager

Job function Customer service
Job level Management

Lambeth council are advertising for a Policy and Communications Manager. Their job ad reads as follows:

PO5: Starting salary £44,373 pa rising in annual increments to £47,274 pa incl LW

Forever radical, always welcoming, constantly creative. That’s Lambeth. Councils face unprecedented challenges over the next few years, with increasing and changing demand for services. With its capacity for growth and change, its diverse and dynamic population, and its world-class partnership potential, Lambeth can rise to the challenge.

The engagement and consultation team is here to support the council in delivering on its priority areas, through communicating with residents and businesses, identifying key groups and stakeholders for the council to engage with and feeding back thoughts, concerns and knowledge from communities across the borough.

We gather intelligence from the community, and help develop community projects and support community groups that are making a real difference in our communities.

We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic consultations manager to join the team. This is your opportunity to bring your excellent strategy, relationship building, analytical, and project management expertise to sit at the heart of our team, delivering the Council’s key policies and strategic projects, while keeping residents involved and engaged along the way.

Working in Lambeth will give you the chance to develop your career in one of London’s most exciting boroughs.

We welcome secondments from other parts of government or other sectors and value the skills and experience you can bring to benefit Lambeth.

Closing date for receiving the completed application forms is Wednesday 24 April 2019 at midnight.

Please download the job description and person specification via this link.

(Note: Words in bold type by News From Crystal Palace).

“WE GATHER INTELLIGENCE FROM THE COMMUNITY AND THEN THROW IT IN THE BIN…”

People’s Audit Lambeth found the above. This is their take on the advert:

Lambeth Council should be hiring fewer comms staff and more librarians.

“We gather intelligence from the community then throw it in the bin if it doesn’t agree with the party line”

News From Crystal Palace notes that the ad is headed policy and communications manager but the blurb in the ad says “experienced and enthusiastic consultations manager”…….

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