Archives for September 22nd, 2000

NHS RECRUITMENT DRIVE ACCEPTS NEED FOR CHANGE

Headlines, PublicNet: 22 September, 2000

A major recruitment drive to attract people to work for the NHS in London and the South East is to focus on making the prospect more attractive. The thrust of the drive is focussed at changing the experience of the job as much as relying on a traditional advertising-based recruitment campaign.It will target the disincentives to work, such as lack of childcare and housing. An extra thirty million pounds is being injected into improved childcare. Every Trust is to have a child-care co-ordinator who will act as a parents’ advocate for flexible working patterns NHS managers have also been asked to consider making special efforts to retain staff who may have been planning to retire early.

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HAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE

Headlines, PublicNet: 22 September, 2000

The Stonebridge Housing Action Trust (HAT) in Harlesden, London has been making a real difference to child poverty. It has been praised for its parents’ programme, its learning centre, homework club and employment of local labour in the estate’s redevelopment.The HAT has been highlighted as one of the successful initiatives to bring down the number of children in homes where no one is in work, as revealed in the Government’s second annual report on poverty. In the three years to Spring 2000 the number of children living in households where no one is in work fell by more than 250,000.

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