Public sector news in brief

COI: The Central Office of Information head of corporate communications Janice O’Reilly has been promoted to deputy head of PR and sponsorship. In the newly created role, O’Reilly continues to report to head of PR and sponsorship Oliver Hickman and will help to lead the 26-strong team as well as maintaining responsibilities for corporate PR, media relations, internal comms and the intranet.

GICS: Government Information Communications Service (GICS) director of operations Lyn Salisbury has been appointed as a trustee at charity Crime Reduction Initiatives (CRI). In the voluntary post, Salisbury will advise the management team on comms strategy. The CRI provides support to individuals and communities dealing with issues such as anti-social behaviour.

CPS: The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is on the hunt for a head of strategic comms. The post has been created to address the growing role of the CPS, which now has responsibility for charging suspects, previously the responsibility of the police. The CPS also has a higher profile in supporting victims and witnesses, said a spokeswoman.

SALFORD: Salford City Council has launched a campaign to raise awareness of World Aids Day after a 187 per cent increase in new HIV cases were registered in Salford between 2001 and 2003. Using the strapline ‘Getting it on in Salford’, part of the message is that last year, 41 per cent of new HIV cases in Salford were diagnosed in heterosexual patients.

IDeA: The Improvement and Development Agency has launched its latest online toolkit to advise local councillors on communications. Designed by Tribal MPC, the toolkit combines practical advice with case studies to improve the way councillors communicate with residents and represent their views to the council. According to research by MORI, less than a third of people can name their local councillor.

LGA: The Local Government Association (LGA) has released a new guide for journalists, called ‘Local Government Matters’. The booklet is produced in association with The Guardian and details recent changes in legislation that affect local authorities, such as the Freedom of Information Act. The guide was written by the LGA’s former head of news Gillian Enlund.

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