Archives for October 13th, 1999

TASK FORCE TO PROMOTE INNOVATION IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Headlines, PublicNet: 13 October, 1999

A task force has been set up to help local councils become more innovative in procuring housing schools, transport and other facilities. The main role will be to encourage the take up recommendations in the Rethinking Construction report published in 1998. The 18 member group is made up mainly from senior council officials with representatives from DETR and the Audit Commission.The task force is the fourth strand in the Movement for Innovation initiative. The main board, which acts as a steering group, reports to the Deputy Prime Minister. The Housing Forum promotes the initiative among housebuilders and their clients. The Achieving Excellence group carries out a similar role for central government departments and agencies.

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NHS PAY SYTEM MODERNISED

Headlines, PublicNet: 13 October, 1999

Employers representatives and unions have agreed a new pay system for one million NHS employees. The annual pay bill is 17 billion pounds, which is two thirds of the total cost of the health service. Current pay arrangements have become outdated. A crucial weakness is that they do not provide sufficient incentives to take on new responsibilities or to develop new skills.The changes, which are designed to support the modernisation of the health service include: three national pay spines to replace a variety of pay scales and a new approach to pay progression to reward new responsibilities and competencies. There will also be a national framework for determining pay increases.

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FRAUD AWARENESS PROGRAM

Book News, PublicNet: 13 October, 1999

The Australian Taxation Office has developed a fraud awareness program which includes a multi-media presentation for delivery to staff. It also contains brochures and pamphlets on fraud reporting guidelines, witness reporting and managerial responsibilities. The program seeks to raise the awareness of staff in identifying and reporting potential cases of fraud or misconduct within the Taxation Office. A demonstration CD and other information can be obtained from Graeme Waters, Manager Fraud Prevention and Control, Internal Assurance Branch, Australian Taxation Office, e-mail graeme.waters@ato.gov.au

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