Public sector news in brief

COVENTRY: Coventry City Council has teamed up with the Pearly King of Peckham George Major and the Pearly Queen of Brixton, his daughter Tammy, to promote the launch of primary school menu ‘London Life’, created by city services manager Alison Lee. The pair will talk about their Pearly history to children at Christ The King RC Junior School.

SLOUGH: Slough Borough Council has launched a campaign to discourage smokers from dropping their cigarette butts in an effort to cut the 244 kilograms of butts swept up from the city’s streets every day. As part of the ‘Keep Slough Green and Tidy’ campaign, bins with butt-stubbing sections will be put on the streets, and bins are being offered to residents.

EDINBURGH: Edinburgh City and Regions Brand Project has completed the first phase of its research into launching the region’s first brand, earmarked for next spring. The rest of the project time will be spent encouraging businesses, tourist bodies and public bodies to adopt the brand. The project is funded by an £800,000 grant from the Scottish Executive.

LGA: The Local Government Association is to relaunch its hunt for a director of comms and strategy after the first round of recruitment failed to find a suitable successor to Phil Swann, who left his post last month to join social research body Tavistock Institute as a director. The LGA is stepping up its lobbying efforts as the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister prepares to consult the public on proposed regional assemblies.

POLICE: The Metropolitan Police has launched a campaign to help reduce youth crime and improve community relations. ‘The Supersleuth Challenge’ focuses on a web-based murder mystery competition that encourages eight to 14-year-olds to use their skills in analysis, deduction and creative thinking to solve crimes.

LONDON: London Mayor Ken Livingstone will be speaking on ‘reputation management in the public sector’ at an invitation-only event on 19 October, when he will discuss his work with the Greater London Authority. MORI director Ben Page will present the firm’s latest research on trust and reputation across the public sector. In a recent speech given at the IPR Local Government Group Conference in Canterbury, Page detailed the link between good customer satisfaction ratings and communications spend.

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