Archives for January 29th, 2001

PROGRESS ON TACKLING SOCIAL EXCLUSION

Headlines, PublicNet: 29 January, 2001

The Government says it has listened to – and implemented – the ideas put forward in far-reaching consultation with people living in deprived areas.It says that more than 85 per cent of the 569 recommendations made by cross-cutting Policy Action Teams (PATS) are now central to Government strategy aimed at improving deprived neighbourhoods.

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ACTION ZONES PROVIDE TEMPLATE

Headlines, PublicNet: 29 January, 2001

The lessons learned from the establishment of Education Action Zones (EAZs) can be applied to other government programmes involving the setting up of innovative new bodies, says the National Audit Office (NAO).The debate may continue about the educational achievements of the EAZs, or their success at developing true partnerships with business, but they have proved so far to be a safe method of administering resources.

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LEGISLATING FOR CULTURAL CHANGE

Abstracts, PublicNet: 29 January, 2001

Skinner JThe International Journal of Public Sector Management, (UK), 2000 Vol 13 No 6

Start page: 540. No of pages: 9

Examines the implementation of the UK 1998 Crime and Disorder Act from a participant-observer perspective; focuses on the problems and issues that have arisen with regard to agency joint working to tackle crime in the community over a two year period. Investigates how the police have responded to this strategy; highlights issues relating to different organizational culture and basic assumption with regard to other
organizations in the community and the existence of a ‘them’ and ‘us’ culture. Describes the Community Safety initiative and the development of a three-year strategy; notes the specific initiatives and performance indicators that they are required to meet. Refers to a survey questionnaire carried out in 1999 to identify people’s perception of crime in a town, village and rural area. Lists the major issues from the survey and reports on how they were used to draw up a series of actions and performance targets for the relevant agencies and organizations; discusses the implications for joint agency work in the community.

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