Archives for January 30th, 2001

RADICAL REFORM OF TAX AND BENEFIT SYSTEM

Headlines, PublicNet: 30 January, 2001

The government wants to create an integrated and seamless system of financial support for children. The aim will be to bring together working families’ tax credit, income support and the children’s tax credit which make up the current system of financial support for children. This new integrated child credit will be a radical reform of the tax and benefit system, affecting nearly all the 7 million families with children in the UK.The thinking behind the change is that families with children are more concentrated at the bottom of the income distribution than families without children. Lone parents tend to have lower incomes than couples with children, and large families have lower average incomes than smaller families. The design of the integrated child credit is an opportunity to rationalise the existing mechanisms for supporting families with children that have evolved over decades. Introducing an integrated child credit could cost around 1 billion pounds a year, with the gains concentrated on poorer families.

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BENCHMARKING FOR LARGER IT PROJECTS

Headlines, PublicNet: 30 January, 2001

Benchmarking is to be introduced for the larger central government IT projects in a further move to limit implementation disasters. All the larger projects will be subject to a performance measurement regime which will include benchmarking and use of the balanced scorecard.Measuring implementation performance is one of the issues being addressed by a joint Government IT industry group – the ‘Senior Forum’. Peter Gershon, Chief Executive of the Office for Government Commerce is the chair, and he works with John Higgins at the Computing Services and Software Association to find solutions to the joint systemic issues facing government and industry on government IT enabled projects. The Senior Forum has also set up working groups on: building open relationships, procurement process, people and skills and delivering business change.

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