Public sector round-up

CHARITY: National Council for Voluntary Organisations head of marketing and communications Diane Lightfoot is to leave the representative body for charities in March next year. Lightfoot will take a new post as director of comms and fundraising at learning disability charity United Response.

MENCAP: Learning disability charity Mencap has launched a press campaign to promote its new pack to help disabled children complain about the public services they use. The multi-media pack is funded by the Community Fund.

AWARDS: Politics website ePolitix has voted Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown its Children’s Champion for his commitment to end child poverty. The website also gave a lifetime achievement award to Lord Ashley of Stoke for his disability campaigning.

AMBULANCE SERVICES: Eight ambulance services in the North of England have launched a poster campaign to discourage calls to the 999

service that do not require an emergency response. Ambulance services including Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cumbria, Lincolnshire, South and West Yorkshire and the North East are taking part in the campaign, aimed at18-to-30 year-olds.

LANCASHIRE: Lancashire County Council Trading Standards Service has launched a PR campaign warning consumers not to buy counterfeit products after the discovery in Kent of counterfeit ‘Kirov’ vodka. The council said the fakes could be identified by the plain red caps on its bottles; genuine Kirov has a gold/black double-headed eagle motif.

CARDIFF: Cardiff Council has agreed to introduce Fairtrade coffee, tea, chocolate and other products to all council machines and council meetings after a lobbying campaign by the Wales Fairtrade Forum. The forum represents a coalition of charities in Wales.

ARTS: The National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts is launching a

research programme on public and business perceptions of the creative industries. The findings, due early next year, will help to drive the body’s communications strategy.

CHARITY: Breakthrough Breast Cancer has announced a 73 per cent rise, to £9.8m, in annual income for the year ending 31 July 2003. The charity recently announced its merger with the UK Breast Cancer Coalition, a deal that will create the UK’s largest charity dedicated to combating breast cancer.

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