Public sector news in brief

SOUTH TYNESIDE: South Tyneside Council has promoted senior press officer Aileen Brewis to chief press officer. Brewis, who held her previous role for 11 years, will now head a three-strong press team, reporting to head of comms Richard Garnett.

AWARDS: Key partners in the recycling and waste management sector have teamed up to promote an awards scheme for the industry. Organised by Letsrecycle.com and Resource Management and Recovery Magazine, the Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management are supported by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affair’s Waste Implementation Programme and the Environment Agency.

COMMUNITY: Fishburn Hedges scooped the community relations golden award at the IPR Excellence Awards for its work with TVlicensing. The campaign helped improve sales while maintaining TV licensing’s reputation as being fair and efficient, according to an FH spokesman.

STAFFORDSHIRE: Staffordshire Police has produced its third annual newspaper, Safer Staffordshire, which will go to 480,000 homes and businesses. Sections will provide readers with information on the police authority and how to get in touch with local MPs, and personal stories of day-to-day policing across the county. It will also offer crime-prevention tips and information on how the police are using cutting-edge technology.

VISITLONDON: London’s annual tourist industry awards ceremony is being relaunched with a new name and a bigger profile. It will change from The London Tourism Awards to The VisitLondon Awards. The ceremony will move from a low-key, invitation-only breakfast to a black-tie evening event. Funding will come from a combination of ticket sales and sponsorship. In addition, there will be two new categories added to the 2004 awards – Best Event and a nightlife award.

SHROPSHIRE: The annual Rural Life Conference, which examines the way services are delivered in the countryside, gets under way this week. The Government’s response to the ‘Modernising Rural Delivery’ review is expected to be announced next spring by Secretary of State Margaret Beckett. The outcome is likely to affect most of the 250 delegates from all levels of government, the civil service, the voluntary and community sectors, among others.

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