Public sector news in brief

WEST SUSSEX: West Sussex County Council and the county’s seven district and borough councils have teamed up to launch a campaign to encourage residents to recycle junk mail. The campaign, called ‘Only The Mail You Want’, also aims to sign residents up to the Mailing Preference Service, which can remove their details from many mailing lists.

CAMPAIGN: The Local Government Association this week published toolkits in a bid to encourage councils to promote Local Democracy Week. The week, which runs from 18 to 24 October, is designed to help young people up to the age of 26 to become more involved in decision making and planning at a local level and to raise awareness of local government. For more information go to www.localdemocracyweek.info.

SURREY: Surrey County Council has won a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development award for its nursery rhyme campaign to recruit foster carers. James Nesbitt, star of the hit TV series Cold Feet, presented the award to the council’s head of family placements, Annie MacIver at a ceremony in London this week.

WEBSITE: The Government News Network (GNN) has launched its revamped website to offer media-rich press releases complete with sound and pictures, as well as an email distribution service. The site carries 20,000 press releases generated by the various government departments every year, with plans afoot for it to carry global news feeds in the future. The software was created by Glide Technologies.

BRIGHTON: Brighton and Hove City Council has launched its first ‘pink wedding’ waiting list as part of a campaign to promote the city as a centre for civil and gay wedding ceremonies. The council urged same-sex couples to attend the launch event this week where they could sign up and show support for the ground-breaking proposals that offer legal status under the Civil Partnership Bill.

SOUTHWARK: The London Borough of Southwark has launched a viral campaign in a bid to educate the district’s young people about drugs. The campaign links to a site, www.weknowthescore.net, where youngsters can win free ringtones and be guided to online drugs support at: www.southwark.gov.uk/ OurServices/YoungPeople/drugs/.

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