Public sector round-up

CHARITY: Deaf and hard-of- hearing charity RNID is giving out earplugs and advice sheets at Stansted Airport this bank holiday weekend as part of its Don’t Lose the Music campaign. The charity will be targeting 18 to 24-year-olds likely to go to nightclubs while on holiday. The campaign is backed by research that two thirds of regular clubbers have experienced some form of hearing damage.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Councillors are being lobbied by the Local Government Association (LGA) to argue for policies that support and enhance the role of local councils, at this year’s party conferences. In a letter to all LGA members, chairman Sir Jeremy Beecham said too many policies seem designed to squeeze the politics out of local governance.

LOBBYING: The RSPCA has claimed victory in a lobbying campaign against cruelty by jockeys. The Jockey Club has announced that from 1 October all jockeys in national hunt races will have to carry whips specifically designed to protect and prevent injury to racehorses. The whips have been designed with input from the RSPCA, which has been lobbying the industry to use more humane whips for 20 years.

CAMPAIGN LAUNCH: Marie Curie Cancer Care is launching a campaign in support of its annual Make a Meal for Marie Curie appeal this autumn. The appeal, which lasts from September to December, aims to raise money by asking people to cook for their friends and family, who in turn donate money to the charity.

ELDERLY: Better Government for Older People is relaunching its website next month with a new design aiming to increase accessibility and interaction as well as boost membership. The networking partnership’s members include the Older People’s Advisory Group and the Independent Living for Older People Network.

TOURISM: VisitBritain is to hold a press briefing next month to coincide with a meeting of senior staff at 31 of the promotional body’s overseas offices. The body has also this week confirmed it will look at ways to improve the promotion of Britain in China, Korea, Poland and Russia.

EVENT: A short animated film made by charity Habitat for Humanity will be shown at the New York Independent Film and Video Festival this November. The film focuses on poverty seen through a child’s eyes and is part of the charity’s campaign to raise awareness of the global issues of poverty and homelessness.

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