Government Information and Communication Service

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The Government Information and Communication Service was the name given to the Government Information Service by the incoming Blair administration as part of the spin overhaul of government propaganda. It was later changed to the Government Communication Network.[1]

Following the priorities set out in the [ Communications plan for 2013 to 2014], the 11 point plan for reform of the GICS to create the GCN includes:

creating a new Government Communication Service
mandatory evaluation to track effectiveness and justify value for money
aligning departmental communications strategies with government priorities
revising and improving communications spending controls
improving governance through a new Government Communication Board
creating group communication structures to align work of departments and their major arms-length bodies
improving cross-government internal communications
improving regional communication services
enhancing existing communications hubs to improve joint working between departments
providing additional central resource to support departments
integrating social media and digital channels within all communications functions, including the press office [1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Cabinet Office and The Rt Hon Lord Maude of Horsham [ New central government communication service to save money and raise standards Plans to improve standards and evaluate effectiveness of government communication were unveiled today]. Published 15 October 2013.