Archives for June 23rd, 1998

‘ARM’S LENGTH BUT HANDS ON’ .

Abstracts, PublicNet: 23 June, 1998

Mapping the New Governance: the Department of National Heritage and Cultural Politics in Britain
Taylor A
Public Administration, (UK), Autumn 97 (75/3)
Start page: 441 No of pages: 26

Examines the new structure of government in the UK which sees the responsibility of central executive as formulating policy and monitoring its implementation by autonomous agencies which operate at arm’s length from the executive. Identifies a contradiction in this system of governance between the aim of limited government and the desire for control. Focuses on the Department of National Heritage, set up in 1992, and conceived as an ‘enabling ministry’, analysing its ability to control the complex policy networks through resource control, ministerial activism, systematic review and scrutiny, and the control of financial resources. Concludes that ‘arms length but hands on’ is an accurate description of the Department of National Heritage’s approach to government, suggesting that the Department presents a blueprint for the rest of the UK Government.

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WORK SMARTER FOR SMALL BUSINESS, PUBLIC SECTOR URGED

Headlines, PublicNet: 23 June, 1998

The Government says its own departments and local government must work harder to make life easier for small businesses.

Small Firms Minister Barbara Roche says she wants regulatory systems more transparent, accessible and business friendly. She has set out the Government’s commitment to small businesses in a new report on efforts in this sector, Action Update.

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BLACK AND ASIAN BRITONS SHORT-CHANGED BY LONDON-CENTRED ADDING UP

Headlines, PublicNet: 23 June, 1998

Doubts have been cast over methods used by the Government to target Britain’s worst housing estates.

The Institute of Public Policy Research says millions of pounds could be being targeted at London’s less deprived council estates when much worse private, or privately rented, properties in the provinces are ignored.

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