Archives for June 5th, 2001

LOCAL RADIO OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC SECTOR

Headlines, PublicNet: 5 June, 2001

Pilot projects will be launched in January 2002 to find out if Access Radio, a scheme for local non commercial, community based, radio stations is viable. The pilot scheme will also be used to explore how permanent arrangements might be licensed, regulated, funded, promoted and organised. The longer term aim would be to create a separate tier of radio licences.The Radio Authority, the radio regulator, wants to harness the individuality and potential of non-commercial radio, and to use radio to assist in the broader aspects of education, social inclusion and social experimentation It plans to set up a new structure to facilitate Access Radio and it has urged the Government to establish a Radio Fund to provide start-up funding for new services.

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BOUNDARIES BETWEEN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTORS CONTINUE TO FALL

Headlines, PublicNet: 5 June, 2001

The London Borough of Croydon is the latest council to open up its services to the private sector in a strategic partnership deal. This is the sort of arrangement Prime Minister Tony Blair had in mind when he said there was no ideological bar to handing over more public services to private companies.The Council has signed up to a strategic partnership with Capita Group Plc, one of the largest professional support services organisations in the UK. The partnership is based on a 7-year contract, worth some100 million pounds. The deal aims to transform customer facing services and involves the transfer of Council staff to Capita.

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