Archives for July 12th, 2001

COLLEGES FEEL THE FORCE OF OFSTED

Headlines, PublicNet: 12 July, 2001

Further education colleges across the UK have begun to realise the full effects of being part of OFSTED’s regime.Two of the first three colleges to be inspected have been found wanting, and will be partially, or wholly, re-inspected.

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NHS IMPROVES FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

Headlines, PublicNet: 12 July, 2001

A new report suggests that the NHS is getting better at managing its money, better at handling fraud, and better at forecasting its likely medical negligence liability.The findings come in a report by the National Audit Office on accounts for 1999-2000 covering the financial activities of the health authorities and trusts in England which together in that year spent 68 billion pounds.

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NEW APPROACHES TO SOCIAL HOUSING ALLOCATION

Abstracts, PublicNet: 12 July, 2001

This report is based on ongoing research by a team at the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University, contributing to the growing debate about the future allocation of social housing. It assesses two of the main features of policy reform – the drive to promote social balance in lettings and the adoption of choice-based approaches giving ‘power to the applicant’. The team uses case study evidence to assess how the overt ‘social engineering’ embodied in the French system of estate profiling has been adapted by local authorities and Registered Social Landlords. Findings include social landlords undertaking reviews of their allocations systems with a view to promoting choice, mobility and social mix; a lack of systems for monitoring and evaluation and a lack of readily available up-to-date data on the social characteristics of neighbourhoods.Published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation: www.jrf.org.uk

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