Public sector news in brief

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Students who embarked on the Improvement and Development Agency’s first Local Government Communications Leaders Development programme have celebrated their graduation.

The 12 graduates, hailing from different councils across the UK, spent six months developing their communications skills to make them ‘effective players on the corporate stage’.

RICHMOND: Richmond Council’s communications department has launched its first staff newspaper, Out of the RuT. The tabloid-sized, full-colour eight-page paper and its online version will replace the previous electronic news bulletin. It will be published six times a year with a print run of 4,000.

DEBATE: The Health and Safety Commission has called upon Britain’s business leaders to take part in a consultation process in an attempt to prevent sickness absence caused by work-related stress. Leaders of 350 companies have been urged to participate in the online debate on management standards in relation to stress. Views of employees are also invited.

INSIGHT: IPR Greater London Group members have been invited to attend a presentation by BBC News Online editor Pete Clifton, who will be talking about how online news presenting and gathering works within the corporation, and how it can add greater-value PR opportunities. The presentation will be held at Mayfair Conference Centre in London on Thursday 5 August.

DONCASTER: Gum chewers are to be targeted in a clean-up campaign by Doncaster Council.Council officers are the first in the north of England to take delivery of a hi-tech ‘gumfighters’ machine’ that uses heated dry steam to clean the streets of gum deposits.Litter wardens will patrol the town and have powers to hand out £50 fines to offenders who fail to use bins.

HEALTHCARE: Chichester District Council’s Environmental Health Commercial Safety Team is promoting National Food Safety Week by providing the public with information on how to keep food safe during the summer months. Cross-contamination and hygienic summer eating are the focus of a leaflet drop and barbecue display by the safety team.

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