Archives for September 1999

CAR CRIME SET TO FALL

Headlines, PublicNet: 30 September, 1999

The target to reduce car crime by 30% in 5 years looks more achievable following proposals from the Home Office Car Crime Reduction Team. Task groups from all sections of the vehicle industry, as well as from police, consumers and insurers have contributed to the Team’s proposals.The options for reducing car crime are being fed into the 400 partnerships set up between police and local councils. All the partnerships published their crime reduction strategies in April, but many failed to set any target for reducing car crime. Home Secretary Jack Straw has made it clear that targets must be set by April 2000.

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SMARTCARD INCENTIVE FOR LEARNING

Headlines, PublicNet: 30 September, 1999

Development work has started on a smartcard that will give discounts on a wide range of goods and services to16-18 year olds in learning,. The smartcard is one element of the strategy to encourage young people to stay in education post 16 and to acquire a worthwhile qualification by 19. It will effectively become a learning reward scheme.The use of smartcard technology for this purpose resulted from a recommendation by the Social Exclusion Unit. The idea has been developed by the Department for Education and Employment beyond the original proposal to give reduced cost travel and access to leisure facilities and other commercial discounts. It will supersede the current Learning Card which is issued to all young people in their final year of compulsory education and gives further learning and careers information. The smartcard will also be used for enrolment and attendance monitoring and for payment of educational maintenance allowance.

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WILL THIS OPEN SPACE WORK?

Abstracts, PublicNet: 30 September, 1999

Vischer J Harvard Business Review, (USA), May-Jun 1999 Vol 77 No 3Start page: 28. No of pages: 9

Presents the scenario of a large organization seeking to move to an open plan office system because the CEO thinks it will improve productivity and communication plus reduce costs. In face of the negative reaction encountered, asks five commentators to suggest what the organization should do next, their responses being: (1) don’t try to make one size fit all – the nature of the work should dictate workspace design; (2) a CEO who is focused on workplace design is probably missing more important issues facing the company; (3) communicate the reasons for change and prototype using the most senior staff; (4) don’t do it – the savings are illusory; (5) people can’t visualize from plans – provide some actual layouts.

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NEW MOVE TOWARDS JOINED UP EMERGENCY SERVICES

Headlines, PublicNet: 29 September, 1999

Discussions have reached the closing stages on a contract for BT to provide police with a national digital radio service. The cost will be between 1.5 to 2.0 billion pounds and it will be funded through the Public Finance Initiative. The planned facilities will be available for use by the other emergency services and this will open up the way for a greater joined up approach to accidents and other types of emergencies. Joint call centres for police, fire and ambulance services have already demonstrated financial and operational benefits from a joined up approach.The service will provide for the transmission of voice, data and text messages by radio. It will also give direct access to database information from radio terminals. The service will be piloted from April 2000 and is due to be implemented across England and Wales between 2003 and 2004.

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MORE POWER TO SCHOOL GOVERNORS

Headlines, PublicNet: 29 September, 1999

School governors are being given a crucial role in the most fundamental reform of the teaching profession since state education began. The new performance management system to back performance pay, will rely largely on governors assessing the performance of head teachers and playing a significant role in staff assessment. Governor training in performance management will be funded by a 5 million pound budget and a training package will be available next year. Guidance on head’s pay, which has been developed in consultation with national governor associations, will be available shortly.The representation of parents in school governance will be strengthened by the appointment of an additional parent to each school body and by introducing parent representation on Local Education Authorities. In a move to bring in new expertise to the ranks of governors an appeal is being made to business and industry.

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AIMING FOR ORGANISATIONAL LEARNING

Abstracts, PublicNet: 29 September, 1999

Massey C, Walker R
The Learning Organization, (UK), 1999 Vol 6 No 1
Start page: 38. No of pages: 7

Assesses the role of consultants in organizational learning, focusing on
how they can promote it. Identifies links between organizational learning
and organizational development and training, suggesting that this indicates
the potential of organizational development and training consultants to
contribute to organizational learning. Considers the roles that consultants
and clients can play within a consultancy intervention, and asks if there
are any particular roles that would make organizational learning
interventions more effective. Draws upon two case studies, based on
Australian organizations – the first showing how organizational learning
can emerge as a by-product of a change intervention; the second showing how
organizational learning can be the primary focus of the intervention.
Identifies the factors within the consultancy that influenced
organizational learning, listing these as being the scope of the
assignment, and the role selected by the consultant.

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SEAMLESS GOVERNMENT: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO RE-ENGINEERING IN THE PUBLIC

Book News, PublicNet: 29 September, 1999

SECTOR Linden, R. M.Shows how to make government more responsive to the public’s will so that it can regain the public’s confidence. Offers public institutions what they desperately need – a practical, proven model to transform themselves for the future. Defines re-engineering as based on three principles: challenge the fundamental assumptions on which the organization is built; focus on processes; and organize around outcomes (not inputs and outputs). Not a book filled only with theory; it includes chapters on dealing with barriers, tips on implementation, and practical suggestions for handling the people problems associated with fundamental change. Provides a useful road map to change, but also challenges the reader to develop new ways of thinking about government, about service, and about their changing roles. A bold call to action.

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JOINED UP SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN GOING OFF THE TRACK

Headlines, PublicNet: 28 September, 1999

A programme to give multi agency support to parents of children with behaviour that could lead to crime will be launched next year with a 30 million pound budget. . Factors such as low parental supervision, siblings in trouble with the police, truancy, exclusions, poor school performance, behavioural problems – and in particular multiples of these factors – are associated with future offending.

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GET YOUR YOUNG PEOPLE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE ACT TOGETHER

Headlines, PublicNet: 28 September, 1999

The Audit Commission has given a strong message to Health Authorities and Trust to join up delivery of young people’s mental health services. In the first ever analysis of data about the services, the Commission found that design and delivery is not keeping pace with a rapidly changing agenda.The specialist care and mental health services spend just one per cent of their time supporting other agencies such as other healthbodies, councils, social workers, GPs and schools. One quarter of specialist services had no liaison with GPs. The report seeks to create a momentum for the specialists to support GPs, health visitors, teachers and social workers. In developing this joined up approach health commissioners are urged to take the lead.
One in five children and adolescents suffer from mental health problems, but the services they receive depend on the post code in which they live. Spending by Trusts on the services varies up to seven times and 10% of Trusts have waiting times of 6 months.

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STATE AID FOR PARTNERSHIPS WITH INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS

Headlines, PublicNet: 27 September, 1999

Partnerships between state and independent schools have been so successful they’ve won praise, and funding from the Government.In an example of how far New Labour is prepared to put ‘what matters is what works’ before old Labour ideology, School Standards Minister Estelle Morris has announced that such partnership will be bolstered with grants of up to four hundred thousand pounds during 2000- 2001.

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