Headlines: November 21st, 2000

An information assault is planned this week to persuade the public to volunteer for public appointment.An important element of the campaign is to persuade people that such appointments aren’t achieved through membership of the right golf club.

Public Service Week is the brainchild of the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments (OCPA). It raises awareness of the reality of public appointments, and acknowledges those who devote time and energy to being school governors, or on the board of their local health trust.

To make such appointments truly representative of the population, there needs to be more younger people, more disabled people and people from differing cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

Earlier this year MORI conducted research for OCPA which showed that only 35% of people knew about public appointments and over 63% believed that people were appointed because of their contacts.

During the week there will be events for the public in Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast, Cardiff and Wrexham.

It also sees the start of a national programme of ‘shadowing’, giving people who are interested inapplying for a public appointment a chance to shadow someone who already holds a post.

Link: www.ocpa.gov.uk