Government Communications Service
GCS Leaders Conference Reading Material
The GCS Leaders Conference addressed the upcoming challenges and opportunities facing government communications professionals across the UK, and laid out the tools and guidance GCS will provide to help them deliver world-class public service communications.
Access them here, and keep an eye on this page for more resources in the coming months.
Standards, Democracy and Communities: Alex Aiken lays out the GCS Challenges for 2019.
“I set out three priorities – raising standards, strengthening our democracy and reassuring communities. Each of these objectives is supported by tangible activity that I believe will help the profession and serve the country.”
You can read Alex’s blog post here.
Nic Newman, Visiting Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, presents his Journalism, Media and Technology Trends and Predictions 2019 report
“This will be the year when the regulation of platform companies starts to bite following growing concern about misinformation, privacy, and market power. Something once considered unthinkable has become ‘inevitable’, in the words of Apple boss Tim Cook – though the details will be messy, hard-fought, and take time to play out.”
GCS Local is a regionally based campaigns team, working to make Government’s priority campaigns relevant and compelling to audiences at the local level.
To find out more about GCS Local and how you can work with their regional teams, visit their page on the GCS website.
“Behaviour change is fundamental to all government communications, regardless of discipline. Communications is not simply broadcasting the work of government after the fact. We are one of the vital levers government uses to realise its objectives and implement public policy. The success of that policy inevitably involves people starting, stopping or changing behaviours. ”
Read the GCS Strategic Communications: A Behavioural Approach guidance (0.97MB).
“Communication business partners are critical links between communications teams and the rest of the organisation. They provide expert advice to the teams they work with so that communications is at the heart of planning and decision-making.”
Read the GCS Business Partnering guide (2.6MB).
“External Affairs teams are responsible for building and maintaining relationships with a range of influential individuals and organisations.”
Read the GCS External Affairs guide (3.6MB).
Latest News from
Government Communications Service
Conversations: Connecting Diverse Voices launches in 201917/04/2019 16:10:00
Blog post by: Laurence Ainscough and Anusha Mata, Wednesday 17 April 2019.
Why you should apply for the Inspire programme15/04/2019 16:38:00
Sasha Fuller, Head of External Affairs at the Department for Work and Pensions, writes about her experiences on the Inspire programme, and why you should apply to join it.
GCS Impact and Inspire development programmes launch today15/04/2019 13:25:00
Applications are now open for the Impact and Inspire accelerated development programmes. Both programmes are open to GCS members. The closing date for applications is 8 May 2019.
RESIST Counter-Disinformation Toolkit11/04/2019 16:10:00
The GCS toolkit to help public servants spot and counter disinformation was launched yesterday (10 April).
Government Communications Plan 2019/20 published11/04/2019 14:28:00
GCS has published the Government Communications Plan 2019/20.
Alex Aiken launches the Government Communications Plan 2019/2011/04/2019 12:10:00
Blog post by: Alex Aiken, Executive Director of Government Communication, 10 April 2019.
Happy fifth birthday to the Government Communication Service02/04/2019 15:25:00
In 2018 we celebrated 100 years of government communication, marking the founding of the Ministry of Information. This year, we mark the fifth birthday of the Government Communication Service (GCS).
Alex Aiken welcomes new Directors of Communication01/04/2019 15:38:00
Alex Aiken, Executive Director for Government Communications and Head of Profession, is delighted to congratulate and welcome to GCS colleagues recently appointed to Directors of Communications and senior leadership roles for the profession.
Want to offer a different perspective? Join the GCS Shadow Board27/03/2019 16:20:00
Now in our third year, the GCS Shadow Board provide a fresh and alternative voice to the GCS. As part of the GCS governance structure, we act as a sounding board for the Directors of Communications group and GCS Professional Standards team.