We are working to support members as they work under pressure, ensure that they have the services they need, and support the key public health messages that will keep us all safe. 


Click here for services and support for CIPR members.
Visit this page for COVID-19 information for local public services.


 27 April The CIPR has joined forces with a group of other membership bodies - representing around 300,000 members - to write to the chancellor calling for financial help for members who have been overlooked for Government support. Read the letter here (PDF download).

20 April The CIPR writes to Government, opposition and business lobby groups with anecdotal evidence from self-employed practitioners ineligible for any Covid-19 financial support. Click here for more information.

9 April The CIPR has joined the Government Communication Service Advisory Panel to provide career support to communications professionals whose roles have been impacted by Covid-19. Click here for more information.

6 April The CIPR has called for the UK Government's support for freelancers as research shows that half of PR freelancers have already lost 60% or more of their income. Click here for more information.

2 April The CIPR has welcomed the UK Government plans to counter misinformation surrounding coronavirus following previous confirmation that a ‘counter disinformation unit’ was being established. Click here for more information.

1 April The CIPR and its charitable benevolent fund, iprovision, have launched the iprovision Mental Health Hotline, providing members instant access to accredited counsellors as well as support for those with personal, legal and financial difficulties. Click here for more information.

31 March The CIPR has written to a number of companies which provide services to the public relations profession, requesting they consider offering flexibility on their payment schemes.
Read the letter and initial responses here

27 March The CIPR and the PRCA have written to the Chancellor calling for further support for small businesses, particularly those operating as limited companies.

Read the letter to the Chancellor here (PDF Download)

26 March The CIPR has welcomed the Government's decision to extend provisions of income assurance to cover freelancers and the self-employed during the coronavirus outbreak. 

Read more on our response here

23 March The CIPR and the PRCA issue joint industry statement on coronavirus and write to the Chancellor calling for more support for freelance practitioners. 

Read the letter to the Chancellor here (PDF Download)
Read the joint statement here


At the start of the pandemic our CEO, Alastair McCapra, posted regular updates on the steps we were taking to respond to COVID-19 (coronavirus).

April 9 (PDF download)
April 2 (PDF download)
March 26 (PDF download)
March 19 (PDF Download)
March 16 (PDF Download)

Updates on our Training & events

CIPR open training courses scheduled for March and April were not able to go ahead. 
Any delegates wishing to defer to a later date may do so without additional charge.  Outright cancellations remain covered by our existing CIPR Training terms & conditions. Please email training@cipr.co.uk for further information.

We continue to monitor the guidance for employers and businesses from the UK government and will provide any updates here regularly.

We have launched our new and interactive virtual training courses accessible from anywhere in the world. Find out more here.