Archives for November 9th, 1999

UNDERSTANDING MORE ABOUT VOLUNTEERING

Headlines, PublicNet: 9 November, 1999

The Home Office is funding projects in five localities to find out what motivates people to get involved in community life. The findings from the projects will be used in a strategy to encourage volunteering.The projects will build on work in progress and will bring together representatives from the Volunteering Bureau, local authorities, NHS Trusts and Business in the Community. Each project team will act as a hub for a range of projects in the locality and present a one stop shop where people can find out about volunteering. They will make extensive use of new media and IT and one project will run a cyber cafe. A principal aim of the projects is to find out how to encourage more young people and ethnic minorities to volunteer.

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LONG TERM PAY FOR NHS

Headlines, PublicNet: 9 November, 1999

Negotiations on a long term pay deal for health service staff not covered by a pay review body will start soon. Talks will focus on replacing the annual pay round with an agreement covering several years. The outcome of the talks will effect some 350,000 workers such as clerical staff, scientists, ambulance staff and porters.The talks will be used to hammer out a completely new pay system which removes weaknesses in the present arrangements. Currently there is little incentive for staff to take on extra responsibilities or to acquire extra skills. A new approach to pay progression will seek to remedy this defect. Other changes to be negotiated include the replacement of a wide range of pay scales with three national pay spines and a radical overhaul of conditions of service.

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