PUBLIC SECT0R: Shelter picks campaigner Jackson as PR head

Homelessness charity Shelter has recruited international

development campaigner Ben Jackson to head its PR function.



Jackson joined the charity this week from Anti-Apartheid Movement

successor Action for Southern Africa, where he was director.



He is tasked with driving through a raft of campaigns, including calls

for legislation to prevent homeless families being cared for in

different places.



The campaign is now seen as urgent by the charity after two test court

cases earlier this year of the Children's Act (1989) decided that local

authorities have no obligation to keep families together, instead

putting children in some circumstances under the care of social

services.



Other public affairs work to be headed by Jackson includes ensuring the

passage of the Homelessness Bill through Parliament. This aims to

toughen up local authority responsibility for the homeless.



Shelter will also be seeking to work closely with newly created

government body, the National Homelessness Unit, which is tasked with

helping those who are forced to live in bed and breakfast accommodation

and on the streets.



Jackson replaces Rachel O'Brien, who left last month to join the

Institute of Public Policy Research. He has a 14-year career campaigning

against world poverty.



Campaigns at Action for Southern Africa, which he joined in 1995,

include negotiating better trade terms between post-apartheid South

Africa and the EU, and winning compensation for South African workers at

the company Cape, suffering from asbestos-related diseases.



He was previously head of campaigns at the World Development Movement

and a parliamentary researcher for Ann Clwyd MP, when she was shadow

spokesperson for international development.



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