Archives for January 25th, 1999

COMPULSORY COMMUNITY CARE PLAN

Headlines, PublicNet: 25 January, 1999

More light has emerged on Government thinking about how to replace care in the community.At a London conference on the Government’s new Mental Health Strategy, Health Minister John Hutton argued the case for a change in the law to allow compulsory treatment in the community.

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QUALITY HOUSING TARGETS

Headlines, PublicNet: 25 January, 1999

The Deputy Prime Minister has set new targets to improve life for those sleeping rough, living in council homes and for those waiting for a new home in the some of England’s most deprived areas.In a keynote address to the Centre for Local Economic Strategies annual conference Mr Prescott set three-year targets to reduce the number of people sleeping rough by two-thirds by 2002, improve one and a half million council homes and deliver nearly 50 regeneration projects.

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ENABLING OR DISABLING LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Book News, PublicNet: 25 January, 1999

Steve Leech and Howard DavisOver the past ten years there has been an unprecedented amount of change in the world of British local government. There have been several books which have described such changes but this one represents the first systematic attempt to draw out the overall implication of these changes for the future role of local government as an institution. It argues that there are major strategic choices of direction facing local authorities, and that these choices will shape management structures and many other aspects of local choice. The book provides a clear framework of analysis to enable readers to understand the forces at work in this particularly turbulent and unstable period of local government’s history, and to see where they are leading.

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