Archives for August 23rd, 2000

CONQUER YOUR STRESS

Book News, PublicNet: 23 August, 2000

Cooper C, Palmer SConstitutes a self-help manual for people trying to overcome stress and its negative effects. Begins with a discussion of what stress is and how to recognize it, and goes on to explain, with examples, how to change inappropriate patterns of thinking and behaviour that can be at the root of stress. Emphasizes the importance of physical health in conquering stress, with advice on making lifestyle changes and guidance on making a personal action plan.

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EVALUATION UNDER SCRUTINY

Headlines, PublicNet: 23 August, 2000

A piece of evaluation which will be under close scrutiny today (Wednesday, August 22) may offer some insight to others in the public sector charged with a similar, if less high profile a task. The National Lottery Commission’s decision today follows several months of assessing the merits of the two bidders for the next licence: Camelot, the existing licence holders, or Richard Branson’s People’s Lottery bid.The commission’s evaluation involved consideration of over 9,000 pages and 2 million words of written material. It carried out over 360 checks on individuals and about 100 on corporations, involving approximately 3500 agency checks on individuals and 300 checks on corporations. Neither bidder is a single entity, but comprised of a consortia of several different operations handling each area of expertise. The commission’s evaluation team included outside experts in information technology, economic and financial regulation, marketing strategy, business development , accounting and corporate finance . The commission also drew on its own legal advisors.

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INDICES TO HELP TACKLE DEPRIVATION

Headlines, PublicNet: 23 August, 2000

The Government has unveiled the most detailed analysis of deprivation in England ever seen, showing a complex picture across all regions. This updated and comprehensive information will help target policies and funding more effectively to needy areas and end forever the idea that prosperity is subject to a simplistic north-south divide. The Indices of Deprivation show that differences within regions are at least as great as the differences between them. Many cities, for instance, can have extremes of severe deprivation and relative affluence.The indices include 33 indicators on key aspects of deprivation such as low income, unemployment, poor health and access to education and training, giving accurate results for every ward in England. The Government has decided to use the new indices rather than the old Index of Local Deprivation as the main but not the only basis for allocating resources to deprived areas. Three year transitional arrangements will be set up to smooth the transfer of monies away from those areas which will in future lose out on such grants.

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