Archives for May 24th, 2001

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: REFLECTING REALITIES

Book News, PublicNet: 24 May, 2001

By Jean Anastacio, Ben Gidley, Lorraine Hart, Michael Keith, Marjorie Mayo and Ute KowarzikThe report explores participants perspectives on: participation structures; capacity building; and the technical and professional support available as well as systems for monitoring and evaluating regeneration programmes. It concludes with recommendations for national and regional government, local authorities and community organizations as well as providing notes on good practice.

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GREATER PRIVATE SECTOR INFLUENCE IN SCHOOL MANAGEMENT PLANNED BY LABOUR

Headlines, PublicNet: 24 May, 2001

Plans for continuing reforms in education announced by the Labour party include more involvement of private companies. So far contractors have been involved in 18 interventions where schools are failing. It is now proposed that companies should be invited to provide support services for any schools. It was emphasized that there are no targets for the number of contracts to be awarded nor is there a ceiling figure.Head teachers would continue to manage schools where there was private sector involvement, but companies would nominate some of the school governors. The management expertise of the company would be made available to the school and strategic direction would be influenced by the nominated governors.

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HEALTHY FUTURE – HOW THE PARTIES SEE IT

Headlines, PublicNet: 24 May, 2001

The three main parties have set out their visions for the health service and their willingness to commit resources. An analysis of spending plans by the Institute for Fiscal Studies has revealed that the differences in tax and expenditure between the parties represent less than 1% of GDP in each direction. In neither case is this enough to immediately transform the overall quality of public provision. Looking beyond 2003/04 the Institute finds that if high spending is maintained on health and education, there will either have to be an increase in the tax take or severe restraint in other areas such as transport, policing or defence.The Liberal Democrats have outlined a vision of a radical change in attitudes towards health provision in Britain. They believe that there is a need to harness the potential of the NHS to shift the focus away from expensive and traumatic and invasive surgery towards early, cost-effective, on-the-spot detection, prevention and treatment. This will need a fundamental culture shift to put a greater emphasis on prevention and early detection so that the NHS is a health service and not an illness service.

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