Archives for June 21st, 2000

MORE TECHNOLOGY FOR TOWN HALLS

Headlines, PublicNet: 21 June, 2000

The pace of technology development in local government is increasing steadily. Recent unconnected announcements show a common thread of thinking rather than a concerted effort.The Planning Inspectorate are developing an e-commerce planning service with a 3m pounds award from the Capital Modernisation Fund. The system will make the handling of appeals and other casework more efficient by automating many manual processes and giving customers a more efficient service. It will link the Inspectorate with local planning authorities, Government Offices for the Regions, the National Assembly for Wales and other statutory bodies with planning interests.

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INSPECTORS AND AUDITORS GET THEIR ACT TOGETHER IN SCOTLAND

Headlines, PublicNet: 21 June, 2000

The Best Value Joint Scrutiny Forum was formed last year to help councils in Scotland to deliver Best Value. The role of the forum is to develop and support joint inspection systems and procedures. As well as co-ordinating the activities of the various inspectorates it is seeking better ways for the inspection and audit functions to fit together. The Forum brings together inspectors of Schools, Constabulary, Benefit Fraud, Social Work Services, and the Fire Service, and auditors of the Accounts Commission and the Scottish Executive. The inspection and audit bodies operate under different legislation, with the schools inspectorate holding the senior position -they were first appointed in 1840 under Royal WarrantInitiatives for preventing duplication and wasteful practices include joint inspections by Family Support Services and Social Work inspectors, co-ordinating Best Value scrutiny between auditors of the Accounts Commission and the Scottish Executive and workshops to consider common topics, such as housing.

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THE GURU GUIDE

Book News, PublicNet: 21 June, 2000

Joseph Boyett and Jimmie BoyettThe Guru Guide is for people who want to keep abreast of the latest trends in management theory and practice but don’t have time to read every book that hits the business bestseller list. It offers concise yet penetrating explorations of the best of today’s thinking on management and leadership. The authors, widely read and respected management theorists in their own right, review the thinking of many of today’s top business authors. They distill the essence of each thinker’s core ideas and provide commentaries and case studies. Demystifies and distills the best management and leadership ideas in business today. Instructive profiles of Warren Bennis, Stephen Covey, Peter Drucker, Robert Greenleaf, Michael Hammer, Peter Senge, and other leading business authors.

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