Archives for November 11th, 1999

SOCIAL CARE REGULATION ON THE WAY

Headlines, PublicNet: 11 November, 1999

The social care workforce and the services it delivers across the whole of the sector are to be regulated for the first time. A new General Social Care Council is due to be set up in 2001. The actual start date will depend on when the legislation is approved. The primary aim of the Council will be to drive up standardsAn Advisory Group has been formed to prepare the way for the Council. An early task for the Group, which meets for the first time next week, will be to oversee the initial drafting of Codes of Conduct and Practice for the workforce. The Office for Public Management has been commissioned to begin drafting the codes. The first task for the new Council will be to finalise and promulgate the codes.

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DIGITAL JOBS SERVICE VISION

Headlines, PublicNet: 11 November, 1999

David Blunkett, Secretary for Education and Employment has a vision of job seekers tracking down vacancies while they shop at the supermarket, consult the doctor at the surgery, relax in the community centre or drink coffee in the cyber cafe or beer in the pub. The vision will start to become a reality next year with a budget of 50m pounds from the Capital Modernisation Fund. Looking further into the future, vacancies may be viewed through interactive TV.Trials with touch screens connected to the Employment Service vacancy database known as the Labour Market System, or LMS, have proved successful from both a user and technical point of view. Starting next year touch screens will be installed in job centres and also in other places where people have free access. Job seekers in a supermarket or other place remote from the job centre who want advice will be able to speak to an official at the call centre.

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UK GOVERNMENT ADVERTISING

Abstracts, PublicNet: 11 November, 1999

Grice ACampaign, (UK), 1999. Start page: 10. No of pages: 1

Reports on how the UK’s Labour Government has increased expenditure on advertising since it took office in 1997. Looks at where the 30% increase has been spent and notices a trend away from trade, industry and crime prevention towards ‘social exclusion’ related issues. Examines the links between Labour ministers and the advertising industry and suggests that Labour’s positive attitude to advertising has brought about a change in the way Government promotes initiatives and programmes. Notes that some observers see the increase in advertising expenditure as a continuation of trends that began with the previous Conservative Government.

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