Archives for October 6th, 1999

CHAMPIONS ON THE WEB

Headlines, PublicNet: 6 October, 1999

The Information Age Champions have launched their own website to disseminate news of what they are doing to define a corporate IT strategy for the Government and civil service.
More than thirty board level managers have been designated as champions of information age government within their departments or agencies. There are also representatives of the NHS and the Local Government Association
The Modernising Government White Paper issued in March 1999 ordered the corporate IT strategy to focus on the needs of citizens and business and encourage wider choice in access to public services.
The strategy will maximise the benefits to both central and local government of a co-ordinated approach to information technology and procurement.
The Information Age Champions website will provide key information on new initiatives, updates on activities, members and their departments, and working groups.
Alex Allan, confirmed last month as the Government’s first e-envoy, is one of the champions.
Link: http://www.iagchampions.gov.uk/tor.htm

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CASH FOR HOMELESS IS A HOUSING MATTER

Headlines, PublicNet: 6 October, 1999

The Government is attempting to join-up services to single homeless people by switching funding across departments.

Responsibility for resettlement funding for England – except London – will be transferred from April 2000 from the DSS to the DETR working with the Housing Corporation.
The move follows recommendations from the Government’s Social Exclusion Unit and consultation with bodies concerned with homelessness.
The Government sees the move as one of the ways of achieving its target of reducing the numbers of rough sleepers by two-thirds by 2002.
The money is used to give temporary shelter to people seeking work, tied to an active programme aimed at finding a permanent alternative.
The resettlement funding for London has already been transferred from the DSS to the DETR. From April 2000 the Housing Corporation will administer the funds on behalf of the DETR.
The Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly will have full responsibility for resettlement funding and its administration by April 2000.

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