Public sector news in brief

LOBBYING: The Employers’ Organisation for Local Government (EOLG) is launching a lobbying campaign to fight recently announced increases in Criminal Records Bureau disclosure fees from £12 to £24 for the basic search.

The fees are payable when a local authority requests a search on the background of a candidate for certain jobs, such as a

teacher or a social worker.

CHARITY: The International Myeloma Foundation has rehired Lexington Communications to handle its PR. The brief includes stakeholder relations with pharmaceutical firms that are producing treatments for the disease. Myeloma is a form of bone marrow cancer. There are around 14,000 people with myeloma at any one time in

the UK.

REFUGEEs: The UN Refugee Agency UNHCR is raising awareness of the plight of refugees to those attending this year’s Glastonbury Festival, which gets underway today (Friday). Staff at the agency will be handing out leaflets highlighting what life is like for those in a refugee camp.

BARNET: The London Borough of Barnet is on the hunt for its first communications director. The role has been created

following a best value review to lead a restructured comms team and give the department a strategic focus. Interim communications management is currently being provided by MPC director James Flynn.

FAMILIES: The National

Family and Parenting Institute is launching a campaign this week called Family Friendly Britain to encourage business to be more accommodating to the ‘average British family’. The charity is urging parents to nominate the best and worst pubs, restaurants and venues for families and has produced a ‘family friendly flag’ as a promotional tool.

MANCHESTER: The Royal Schools for the Deaf Manchester is staging a reception at the European Parliament to raise awareness of issues relating to deaf children. The event takes place in October and is being staged in conjunction with Richard Howitt MEP.

The event follows a similar

reception at the House of Commons earlier this month.

CHARITY: Breast Cancer Care is to launch a report on the future of breast cancer treatment in the UK next month. The report’s release coincides with the charity’s conference on 9 July called Into the Future. Conference speakers include ‘cancer tzar’ Mike Richards and the author and broadcaster Germaine Greer.

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