Archives for February 17th, 2000

TECHNOLOGY SUPPORTS EQUALITY

Headlines, PublicNet: 17 February, 2000

Equality Direct will be launched shortly to give employers of all sizes information about equality issues. It will offer practical advice on areas such as disability, race and sex equality. There will be advice on how better to balance work and home life, and how to tackle disability discrimination. The service will be particularly helpful for small businesses by helping employers assess their equality needs in a single call. It will also offer easy access to the wider system of specialist advice on equality matters, as well as providing examples of good practice to follow.The service will be delivered by phone and the Internet. The website will contain a toolkit that will give businesses simple and clear advice on how to maximise the potential of their workforce.

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COUNCILS GET MAJOR SHARE OF INVESTMENT CASH

Headlines, PublicNet: 17 February, 2000

More than 45% of the Invest to Save Budget for 2000/01 has gone to local councils. Over 50 funding awards were made out of more than 200 submissions from councils. When the budget was launched last year only central departments and their agencies were eligible to apply for funding, but the scope has been widened to include councils, the health service, police and fire authorities and non-departmental public bodies.Successful council led projects include an information and advice service for 14-25 year olds under development by Worcester County Council and a multi-agency approach to tackling anti-social behaviour being piloted by the London Borough of Southwark. Health service led projects include the use of video conferencing and diagnostic equipment by Greenwich NHS Trust and Belmarsh Prison to improve prison healthcare.

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UTILIZING THE DELPHI TECHNIQUE IN POLICY DISCUSSION

Abstracts, PublicNet: 17 February, 2000

Critcher C, Gladstone BPublic Administration, (UK), Vol 76 No 3

Start page: 431. No of pages: 19

Explains how the Delphi technique is used for planning and forecasting. Describes how the technique was used in the UK privatized electricity supply industry to assess how companies should respond to customers who fail to pay their bills. Sets out the background to the problem of ‘self-disconnection’ for the electricity supply industry, describing how the Delphi technique was used and setting out the results. Assesses the value of the Delphi technique for social policy formulation, listing its advantages.

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