Public sector news in brief

HEALTH: The Department of Health has appointed Matthew Ward as a press officer on the NHS desk with primary responsibility for private sector involvement. Ward joins from agency Rock Kitchen Harris and is a former press officer with the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. He will report to DoH senior press officer David Hands.

GLASGOW: Glasgow City Council has mounted a lobbying campaign calling for Scottish local authorities to receive more powers to preside over the licensing of lap-dancing clubs. According to the council, present legislation used by licensing boards in Scotland is ‘flawed’. Deputy leader Jim Coleman said ‘commercial exploitation of women’ should be categorised in the same way as sex shops rather than as entertainment.

APPOINTMENT: Public sector specialist MPC has recruited former Surrey Advertiser chief reporter Christian Taylor and former West London and Bucks Newspaper Group content editor Neil Dhot as account executives. Also hired is Russell Joyce as event manager, who joins from the Improvement Development Agency, where he held a similar role. The three hires take the agency team to 12.

CHILTERN: Chiltern District Council has produced a DVD for residents to encourage them to use more of its services online. The DVD has been funded through the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister’s ‘Bridging the Digital Divide’ initiative and takes the form of a soap opera in which a new family to the area familiarise themselves with a raft of council services available on the web.

WESTMINSTER: Westminster Council has launched a community award scheme with a prize of a trip to Norway to ride with huskies, as part of its promotion of Local Democracy Week, which takes place this week. Nominations are being sought from community, residents’ and voluntary groups as well as individuals to find ‘unsung local leaders’ in the area. The most deserving will win the week-long trip to Norway.

WALES: Rhondda Cynon Taf Community Safety Partnership, which includes Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and South Wales Police, is targeting schoolchildren in its latest push to stamp out anti-social behaviour. A DVD explaining anti-social behaviour and the consequences for those who commit it has been produced as part of the campaign.

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