Public sector round-up

BIRMINGHAM: Heads of comms representing the eight English regions meet in Birmingham this week to co-ordinate their lobbying efforts over devolution for the English regions. In May the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister announced plans for local referendums in autumn 2004 over regional assemblies for the North East, North West and Yorkshire and Humber.

AVON AND SOMERSET: Avon and Somerset Constabulary has won the Association of Police Public Relations Officers Award for Excellence for its Action on Street Crime campaign. The prize was presented at the association’s conference in Northampton last week.

CHARITY: A campaign by The Children’s Society is seeking to highlight the failure of half of all local authorities to protect young runaways, a year after the Government issued guidelines on the issue. A survey by the charity indicated that only one in seven councils had fully implemented the recommendations.

KENT: Medway Council has launched a campaign to persuade Christmas shoppers in the Kent town of Chatham to shop locally in the run-up to the festive period. The scheme is part of a long-term plan to secure the regeneration of Chatham as the designated city centre of Medway.

BURMA: The Burma Campaign UK is claiming success in its campaign to convince PricewaterhouseCoopers to relinquish its business interests in Burma. In a letter to the campaign group, PwC said it had re-evaluated its stake in the Burmese firm PricewaterhouseCoopers Hla Tun Consultants, and had now divested itself of its interest.

CHARITY: The National Deaf Children’s Society has launched a viral PR campaign aimed at promoting fundraising adventures overseas. The campaign, circulating through an online computer game, aims to drive interest in treks across locations such as Iceland and the Sahara Desert.

yorkshire: North Yorkshire County Council has launched a PR campaign to crack down on door-to-door selling. A survey by the council indicated that 20 per cent of householders reported bad experiences with doorstep callers, with 98 per cent objecting to the practice.

CHARITY: The Ramblers Association is relaunching its magazine, walk. The charity’s head of marketing and communications, Nick Milton, said the move is the first phase of an effort to modernise and ‘makeover’ its image.

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