Archives for March 16th, 1999

BETTER ACCESS TO TECHNOLOGY

Headlines, PublicNet: 16 March, 1999

In a move to bridge the gap between the “computer haves and have nots” a
network of 800 learning centres is being set up. The centres, to be funded
by a 400 million pound budget, will be located in schools, colleges and
business settings. Priority will be given to inner city areas. The aim is to
bring state of the art information and communication technology within
reach of everyone to develop basic skills and provide for advanced
learning. It is claimed that the development will match the modernisation
now taking place in the United States.

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CHALLENGE TO CUT SICKNESS ABSENCE

Headlines, PublicNet: 16 March, 1999

Jack Cunningham, Minister for the Cabinet Office, has challenged public
sector organisations to get sickness absence down 30% by 2003. This is the
target he has also set for the civil service. Absence through sickness is a
long-standing problem across the public service.There are some cases where sick leave is viewed as an entitlement and an extension of annual leave scales. In July last year Home Secretary Jack Straw urged police forces to make better use of all assets, including tackling sickness.

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