Archives for October 15th, 1999

TECHNOLOGY TO FIGHT CAR CRIME

Headlines, PublicNet: 15 October, 1999

D evelopments in technology are converging to form a major part of the strategy to reduce car crime which costs 3 billion pounds each year. This represents one fifth of all crime. The target is a 30% reduction in car crime in 5 years.By linking databases to the Police National Computer police officers at the roadside will have on-line access to information to confirm that a driver is bona fide. New driving licensescarry a photograph which is held on the Driving Vehicle Licensing Agency computer. Following a change in legislation, police officers will be able to view the photograph and other licence details. There will also be direct access to the insurance industry’s new anti fraud and theft register and to the MoT database to help counter the trade in cannibalising damaged cars.

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CHARTER MARK EXTENDED TO PRIVATE AND VOLUNTARY SECTORS

Headlines, PublicNet: 15 October, 1999

Commercial organisations and charities can now apply for a Charter Mark, the Government’s award scheme for recognising and encouraging excellence in public service. Widening eligibility is a response to the rapid growth in partnership working across the public sector. Previously sub-contractors could not apply and neither could voluntary organisations unless 75% of funding came from the public purse. Any public service providing a service direct to the public, which manages its own staff and budget, can apply for a Charter Mark. Winners receive a trophy and certificate and can use the Charter Mark logo on their stationery for three years.The effect of the change will be to bring in organisations providing keysupport functions to many government departments in areas such ashealth, IT, accounting and related services and security. They will include more voluntary hospitals and schools, charities, some hospices, Citizens Advice Bureaux, galleries and museums.

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