Archives for August 25th, 2000

BEST SUPPORTIVE ACTORS

Abstracts, PublicNet: 25 August, 2000

Pickard JPeople Management, (UK), 2 Mar 2000 Vol 6 No 5

Start page: 48. No of pages: 3

Describes the use of actors to role play scenes as part of training events in the UK and highlights the number of companies that are providing this type of support for training events. Indicates the types of role play that the companies can take on and the variety of training events for which they can be used, large or small. Draws on the experience of the London Borough of Sutton (a UK local authority) to discuss how to choose a company to carry out the role plays. Considers the need for some form of training, accreditation or standards for the role play companies.

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DRUG TOLL VALIDATES STRATEGY

Headlines, PublicNet: 25 August, 2000

Scotland’s executive says that the increasing drug death toll in the country confirms the importance of pursuing a balanced approach to drug misuse.The total of drug-related deaths rose by 23 per cent from 1998 to 1999, according to a report published by the Registrar General for Scotland. The figures do not include deaths from drug-related diseases. The figures are as anticipated in a ten-year Drugs Action Plan launched in May, which also anticipates that, with action, the continued increased will be slowed or even stopped.

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LONDON UNDERGROUND PPP

Headlines, PublicNet: 25 August, 2000

The National Audit Office is to scrutinise the financial arrangements of the proposed infrastructure Public Private Partnerships (PPP) for London Underground before the contracts are signed. The announcement has been made following a recommendation from the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Select Committee in its report, Funding of London Underground.A key element of this work is to scrutinise whether the two key options for going ahead have been judged on the same basis. The PPP is the Government’s preferred solution to London Underground’s long-term funding problems. It is intended that for the first 15 years the PPP will invest 13 billion pounds in the service, funded by fares revenue and private sector capital. Responsibility for maintaining and improving the infrastructure (track, signals, and stations) and rolling stock will transfer to three privately-owned infrastructure companies on fixed term contracts.

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