Public sector news in brief

SCOTLAND: Scotland is backing an initiative aimed at rejuvenating the music scene in pubs. Ale brand McEwan’s is to kick-start live traditional music sessions in more than 100 pubs and clubs across the country, in addition to being involved in traditional music festivals.

DONCASTER: The Mayor of Doncaster Martin Winter cycled with local schoolchildren this week to promote the Green Transport and National Bike Weeks. The event was organised as part of the cycling promotion week, funded by the Government and the cycle industry to encourage more people to take to their bikes.

CHILD SAFETY: Several government departments are helping to promote Child Safety Week in association with the Child Accident Prevention Trust. Education, health and transport departments joined the DTI and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister to pledge support to the themed week, which runs from 21 June.

WARRINGTON: Warrington Council’s comms team’s postal voting campaign helped achieve a submission rate of more than 40 per cent of postal ballots. A three-week campaign in the run-up to the 10 June local and European elections saw the comms team advertise on buses, billboards, posters, leaflets and council material with the strapline ‘It’s your vote, use it’. Warrington was part of the North West region that trialled postal voting.

GREENWICH: Gallions Mount School pupils in Greenwich were this week taking part in what they hoped to be the longest ‘walking bus’ – a procession of supervised children – in history. The attempt was part of a wider campaign to reduce congestion caused by school runs and to ensure the safety of children en route to school. Twenty-five schools in the borough have signed up to travel plans that detail how they intend to support the scheme.

PARTNERSHIPS: Senior communications staff participating in the Improvement and Development Agency’s leadership programme attended a trip to Wembley Stadium to learn about partnership working this week. London Borough of Tower Hamlets head of communications Pascoe Sawyers said: ‘The fact that the stadium is up and running is partly due to the relationship between the local authority and the national stadium’s company.’

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