The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is repitching its 'Know Before you Go' account, currently retained by Trimedia. The brief is to help protect British travellers abroad. The tender is being handled by the COI. The FCO recently issued a brief to support the G20 summit and considered agency pitches. However, it decided the requirements could be 'more appropriately met using in-house resources'.
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has admitted it is 'integrating our communications functions across the ministry'. Despite the recession biting into the private sector, the MoJ, as well as two other major government departments, are not reporting comms redundancies. The DH implemented a ten per cent budget cut in 2007 and said it was confident it had 'the best structure possible to deliver our demanding brief'. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: 'Structure is an evolving issue, but nothing far-reaching is planned.'
The Local Government Association (LGA) has set up a new service on the business-oriented social networking site LinkedIn for public, private and voluntary sector PR people called CommsNet 2.0. Members have had online discussions on the use of Twitter, how to handle crises and the best way to tackle negative blog posts. The group is part of the sector's efforts to develop its digital capabilities.
Munro & Forster has won a gold award for its prison film on hepatitis C at the New York International Film and Video Awards. The agency won the award in the Society and Social Issues category.
Norfolk County Council has launched a website to help those in financial difficulties. It provides listings of which organisations are available at both a local and national level to provide financial, particularly debt, advice. The site also includes downloadable information packs, personal budget sheets and a number of sample letters that can be used to write to creditors. Go to Norfolk.gov.uk/debtandmoneyadvice.