Archives for January 18th, 1999

TASK FORCE – FIRST VIEWS

Headlines, PublicNet: 18 January, 1999

The DETR has published a summary of views gathered so far by the Urban Task Force.The task force has been set the task by the Government of identifying causes of urban decline in England and recommending practical solutions.

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COMMISSION CONSULTS ON INSPECTION ROLE

Headlines, PublicNet: 18 January, 1999

The Audit Commission is consulting councils and other public bodies on its plans to take on an inspection role.Inspection and audit have been given an increasing role in improving public services and the government has made clear its intention to assign new responsibilities to the Audit Commission including a Best Value Inspectorate, incorporating a Housing Inspectorate.

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THE GOOD LIFE – NEW DEMOS COLLECTION.

Book News, PublicNet: 18 January, 1999

Contributors include: Will Hutton, Charles Handy, Geoff Mulgan, Roger Scruton, Geraldine Bedell, Ray Pahl, Helen Wilkinson, Robert Worcester and Helena Norberg-Hodge.’Life liberty and the pursuit of happiness’ is how the American declaration of Independence sums up the good life. The pursuit of happiness is rarely spoken of in public life today. Instead, we talk mainly of economic growth and higher consumption. But increasingly, these are under challenge. Growth and consumerism are widely seen as incapable of providing the basis for real happiness and an ethically good life, as well as being environmentally unsustainable.

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