Archives for January 18th, 2000

OUT OF DATE VIEW CLAIM

Headlines, PublicNet: 18 January, 2000

The latest report of the People’s Panel reveals that older people fear new media technology. Critics claim that the Panel finding that two thirds of people in the 50+ group have a negative view of new technology, compared to less than one third in 16-34 group, is out of date.The People’s Panel is a 5,000 strong nationally representative group which informs Government about what people really think about public services. Although technology is making rapid advances into the lives of all people and the picture is changing daily, there has been no recent research to find out what the real situation is at the start of the new century. The findings of the Panel are based on two surveys conducted in 1998 and a later survey in Spring 1999. A calendar year is said to be equivalent to seven Internet years.

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CRACKS BETWEEN CENTRAL DEPARTMENTS

Headlines, PublicNet: 18 January, 2000

The wide cracks between central government departments are continuing to allow problems to fall through. A Performance and Innovation Unit Report to the Prime Minister concludes that departments are poor at dealing with cross cutting issues such as tackling drug addiction and encouraging sustainable development. There are too many uncoordinated departmental initiatives and unnecessary obstacles to joined-up working.The report was drawn up by a team from the public and private sectors and guided by a Steering Group which included representatives from the Local Government Association, the National Audit Office and the Audit Commission.

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