Archives for August 14th, 1998

IF THE LIGHTS GO OUT

Abstracts, PublicNet: 14 August, 1998

Vowler J

Computer Weekly, (UK), 23 Apr 1998
Start page: 36 No of pages: 2

Looks at the potential dangers associated with failure to deal effectively with the millennium bug, and considers the contingency planning that should be carried out to minimize the impact of that failure. Reports and comments on the high profile being given by government to contingency planning through its Action 2000 initiative, and note the responsibility of all authorities, businesses and citizens to be aware of and plan for the millennium. Discusses an Ernst & Young project to start work on a national contingency plan by identifying the interdependencies between the private and public sectors and mapping them out into a model of the UK year 2000 vulnerable infrastructure. Identifies two types of risk, that of something unplanned happening and that of something planned not happening, and notes that risk can be long or short term. Finally reports the preparations being made by Nottinghamshire County Council and the Metropolitan Police.

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RURAL COMMUNITIES HAVE FEWER CRIME PROBLEMS

Headlines, PublicNet: 14 August, 1998

New research which will inform the budget-setting of rural police forces in the future have confirmed one of the idyllic aspects of life in the countryside.

People in rural areas suffer less crime, and are less frightened by the prospect of it.
The report “Rural areas and crime” takes information from the British Crime Survey 1996, and compares findings from rural, urban and inner-city areas.

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NEW ACTION ZONES TO BREAK THE BARRIERS THAT HAVE FAILED WORST OFF AREAS

Headlines, PublicNet: 14 August, 1998

More Health Action Zones have been announced – with the task of targeting areas of poor health with new partnership working.

They will serve more than seven million people across England and pour into the targeted areas an extra fifteen million pounds of funding.

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GURUS FOR GOVERNMENT

Book News, PublicNet: 14 August, 1998

Lessons from Management Gurus for Local Government Managers

Alan Fowler

How far can the thinking of great management ‘gurus’ be applied to the UK’s public sector? How can the busy manager learn something about the practical pros and cons of the management concepts promoted by the likes of Tom Peters, Peter Drucker and Charles Handy? Gurus for Government has been written specifically with these questions in mind. The book looks at the theories of some of the most publicised manage gurus and how the concepts they promote – such as business process re-engineering, the learning organisation and empowerment – can be applied to the many problems of managing public services in the late 1990’s. Using his own experiences as a practising manager and consultant, Alan Fowler guides the reader through the potential pitfalls of applying theory largely based on the studies of sizeable US companies to the UK public sector – which is so culturally and structurally different.

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