Public sector round up

AWARDS: Action Aid, the NSPCC, Oxfam, the RSPB and Samaritans are in the running to take the title of Britain’s Most Admired Charity. This is the first time the award, which is being organised by PRWeek sister title Third Sector, has been handed out. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in London on 13 October.

LUTON: Luton Borough Council this week denied its planned appointment of advisers for its political groups (PRWeek, 26 September) contravened local government legislation. The denial comes after local press reports alleged that the council’s head of legal services was concerned about the legality of the move.

WESTMINSTER: Westminster City Council has revealed that each weekend its street cleaners clear up 300 pools of vomit and six deposits of human excrement. These facts have been released as part of the council’s Three Filth’s campaign, part of a long-running attempt to use media relations to promote cleaner streets (PRWeek, 19 September).

CHARITY: The National Art Collections Fund, the charity that last year pledged £5.6m to enable museums and galleries to buy works of art, has stepped up promotion of its centenary via a link-up with The Independent on Sunday. This weekend the paper is to produce a supplement focusing on the charity.

BRENT: The London Borough of Brent’s housing PRO Yana De Silva has left to join public sector specialist MPC as an account manager. She reports to MD Marina Pirotta.

CHARITY: The International League for the Protection of Horses has launched a campaign to oppose the draft EU Transport of Animals regulation, which it claims will lead to the resumption of the controversial live export for slaughter trade. Showjumper Pippa Fennel has been recruited to help promote the campaign.

EVENT: The IPR’s voluntary sector group Fifth Estate is staging a seminar looking at ways to promote charities that work for ‘less appealing’ causes. Those speaking at the event include representatives from Islamic Relief, Mencap and the Prison Reform Trust. The event takes place at the Open University, north London, on 23 October.

TRADE BODY: The Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association is distributing photographs to the media, taken outside parliament, of illegal cigarette sellers, part of a campaign to highlight the issue.

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