Public Sector: The Public Sector Week

Westminster City Council director of comms Alex Aiken has written this week's public sector column on the subject of the Comprehensive Spending Review. To read it, go to

Derbyshire County Council has held a premiere of films made by local young people to warn of the dangers of alcohol. Four short films were made by young people from B-Safe projects across the county, to highlight the dangers of excessive drinking. The project, which has been running 18 months, challenges underage boozing. It is a joint initiative of Derbyshire County Council, Derbyshire police and other partners working with young people.

The Local Government Association has warned that 'outdated laws' that require councils to advertise planning notices in local newspapers will cost £200m during the next five years. The LGA is calling for the Government to scrap the legislation that forces councils to spend tens of thousands of pounds every year on advertising statutory notices.

Vivid, a Gloucestershire-based PR consultancy, is holding a course to teach people working in the public sector how to benefit from social media. The course takes place in Tewkesbury on 4 November.

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