Archives for June 8th, 2000

MANAGING PART-TIMERS IN THE POLICE SERVICE

Abstracts, PublicNet: 8 June, 2000

Edwards C, Robinson OHuman Resource Management Journal, (UK), 1999 Vol 9 No 4

Start page: 5. No of pages: 14

Looks at whether employers or employees gain most advantage from part-time working, pointing out that the move to part-time status is most often initiated by the employee – and not the employer. Investigates the issues by looking at the employment of part-time workers in the Metropolitan Police force in the UK, choosing this employer because it falls within the category of skilled, non-manual work in which part-time work is expanding most rapidly. Analyses the operation of the Metropolitan police force’s part-time working scheme, assessing its impact on the flexibility of the workforce and on equal opportunities. Finds that the primary motive for its introduction was not to minimize labour costs but a reactive policy brought in because of demand in the workforce. Concludes that this lack of planning causes problems for both managers and employees: managers finding the effective deployment of part-time workers difficult; part-time employees finding themselves marginalized with reduced opportunities for training, development and promotion. Underlines that this approach undermines the business case for part-time working.

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NHS URGED TO SELL OFF SURPLUS ESTATE

Headlines, PublicNet: 8 June, 2000

A comprehensive review of the NHS estates has found that today’s methods of procurement, management and disposal are unlikely to be able to meet the demands of tomorrow’s NHS. The review team made up of people from within the NHS was guided by Dame Sheila Masters of KPMG and was part of the Public Services Productivity Panel programme set up by the Treasury. The NHS estate is the largest property portfolio in Europe. Its complex range of land and buildings range from state of the art healthcare facilities to Victorian hospitals.Ever increasing patient expectations, demand for bespoke treatment centres and pressure on the public purse, demand that NHS estates professionals continually look for ways to improve efficiency and productivity. The review team believe that by driving out surplus estates from Trusts, capital savings of ?300m per annum and revenue savings of up to ?60m per annum could be achieved.

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E-COMMERCE GATHERS MOMENTUM

Headlines, PublicNet: 8 June, 2000

The Government’s target to procure 90% of transactions by 2002 is starting to look achievable with developments in the Ministry of Defence, Inland Revenue and the Buying Agency.The Inland Revenue has signed a 42m pounds three year contract with Computacentre for the online procurement of IT and Telecom supplies and services. The ‘eIROS’ project will provide an end to end service from the initial procurement request through to installation and end user training. It will cover contact centres, mobile communication systems and computer-telephony equipment.

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ROLE OF THE COUNCIL MEETING

Book News, PublicNet: 8 June, 2000

By John Stewart.Changes proposed in the Local Government Bill will require councils to design new forms of decision making. The key point made in this paper is that the current forms of council meetings cannot remain unchanged and there is need to reconsider the role of the meeting within new political structures. The meeting could play a part in community leadership by bringing together elected councillors to consider the key issues facing the local community. One possibility is an annual state of the city, county, town or district debate which could involve representatives of other stakeholders and the public generally.

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