Archives for November 7th, 2000

TECHNOLOGY ADVANCES IN SCHOOLS AND COUNCILS

Headlines, PublicNet: 7 November, 2000

The latest survey of schools with Internet connection reveals that 88% of primary schools and 99% of secondary schools are now connected. There has also been progress in replacing out of date equipment and high specification computers now account for 75% of school stock. The findings also show improvements in IT infrastructure and in IT training for teachers. The survey was carried out by the British Educational Suppliers Association.Market research by Kable (www.kable.com) shows that nearly half a million personal computers have been installed by local councils. Metropolitan authorities have the largest installed base, 104,200, followed by the London boroughs with 94,153.

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JOINED UP STRATEGY FOR ROUGH SLEEPERS GETS BOOST

Headlines, PublicNet: 7 November, 2000

A campaign has been launched to discourage people from giving cash to street beggars. It is estimated that over 80% of beggers use the money to buy alcohol or drugs. The thrust of the campaign is to divert funds to homelessness charities rather than giving cash to beggars.If the campaign succeeds more funds will be directed into frontline work for the homeless and more volunteers will be found for local projects.This campaign will boost the strategy to reduce rough sleepers from 1,850 in 1998 to 620 by 2002. The strategy is already delivering results and it is estimated that the 1998 figure has been reduced to 1200

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