The publishing of a cross-departmental forward-looking strategy is a key part of the Cabinet Office’s plan to slash the costs of campaigns and encourage collaborative working following the abolition of the COI in April.
The projected spend, £284.8m, is a significant increase on the £168m spent by the COI in 2010/11, the first year of the coalition.
The Cabinet Office indicated that the current year's projected communications spend may rise, saying, "We expect that additional activities will be developed during the year in response to new policy priorities".
However, the 2012/13 figure is dwarfed by the COI spend under the last Labour government which amounted to £532m for 2009/10.
The Cabinet Office strategy pledges to collect "robust" spend figures every month once the agency framework contracts are in place and develop a universal set of metrics common to every hub and campaign.
A new more rigorous standard for evaluation is also laid out as is an ambition to work more with the private and charitable sector on campaigns.
Additionally, the strategy confirmed that a consistent brand for all government departments would be in place by the end of the year. Based on the existing HMG brand, the new look is designed around a lock-up of the Royal Arms and the name of the government organisation.
In the strategy’s foreword, Jenny Grey, the outgoing Government communication executive director, said: "One of the constraints on effective planning has been the lack of collective visibility of individual communications programmes.
"Budgets for communications often sit within programme or policy functions in government and activities can develop in isolation which acts as a barrier to collaboration.
"So there is an opportunity to take a more holistic view of how communication campaigns could dovetail, particularly where there are overlapping audiences and potential channels to reach those audiences."
Whitehall marketers will work together in seven "hubs" – groupings of departments and arm's-length bodies judged to have overlapping objectives.
Communities and Local Government; Transport; Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; and Energy and Climate Change
Work and Pension and HM Revenue and Customs
Business, Innovation and Skills; HM Treasury; and Culture, Media and Sport
Home Office and Justice
Cabinet Office and Department for Education
Foreign Office, Defence and International Development
This article was first published on marketingmagazine.co.uk