Archives for January 17th, 2000

PRIVATE AGENCY TAKES OVER COUNCIL EDUCATION ROLE

Headlines, PublicNet: 17 January, 2000

The Government has officially handed over the job of running Islington’s schools to a private consortium.Cambridge Education Associates have won the job after Islington Council’s consistently poor performance.

The Government hopes that awarding the contract to outsiders will drive standards up – and has set the agency tough targets to ensure success.

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REGIONAL TIER OF GOVERNMENT TAKES FIRST STEP?

Headlines, PublicNet: 17 January, 2000

The Government says that the first-ever Regional Development Agengies (RDAs) are now ready to roll.Each has successfully presented its strategy for action to the DETR, plus DTI, Treasury, and DfEE, and has been pronounced ready to boost competitiveness in their area, and to iron out wealth imbalance across England.

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HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT IN THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTORS

Abstracts, PublicNet: 17 January, 2000

Boyne G, Poole M, Jenkins GPublic Administration, (UK), 1999 Vol 77 No 2

Start page: 407. No of pages: 14

Indicates the pressure on the UK public sector to adopt management practices used in the private sector. Compares the patterns of human resource management in the public and private sectors to find out if the two sectors are becoming more similar or if they still differ in their attitudes and behaviour. Characterizes the traditional approach taken to human resource management in the public sector as paternalist and collectivist and analyses the extent to which it has become rationalist and individualist, using a survey of organizations in the public and private sectors. Looks at the links made between performance and reward systems; the extent to which the organizations used flexible human resource practices; the involvement in training and development; the extent of employee participation; and the use of equal opportunities and employee welfare policies. Concludes that significant differences remain in the human resource practices of public and private sector organizations, although the gap may have narrowed slightly over time. Suggests that a public service ethos remains among public sector workers.

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