Archives for July 25th, 2001

APPLICATION SOFTWARE SURVEY

Book News, PublicNet: 25 July, 2001

Society of IT Managers in Local GovernmentThe survey includes returns from more than half the councils in the UK as well as from a number of fire authorities. It covers functions such as applications supporting front line services including education, social services, housing, planning and leisure as well as back office systems for financial, personnel, purchasing and vehicle maintenance activities. The survey provides a comprehensive picture of the software used by each council including the supplier and operating system, installation and the planned replacement dates. It includes tables showing the “market share” of suppliers and provides councils’ satisfaction ratings with the performance of suppliers and with their products. It identifies significant scope for rationalisation in the supply of software to local authorities to benefit both suppliers and purchasers.

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PREVENTING CHILDREN FROM DROPPING OUT

Headlines, PublicNet: 25 July, 2001

Local councils in the 40 most deprived areas of the UK are being given funds to attack the causes of children dropping out of the school system. The grants, which range from 6 million pounds for a major city to 50,000 pounds for a rural area, will provide increased and better co-ordinated preventive services primarily for children and young people aged 5-13.Decisions will be taken locally on how the money will be spent but the type of schemes that have already proved successful include mentoring programmes where mentors talk to young people at risk about crime, drugs or sexual health issues. These are often based at local youth centers. Education and support can also be provided for parents and this can be delivered through parenting courses run by the voluntary sector, or support work in the home. Drop-in centres run by health services or voluntary organisations have also proved effective, as have local groups where lone parents can support each other.

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LATE DELIVERY OF E-PROCUREMENT

Headlines, PublicNet: 25 July, 2001

Failure to deliver Minister’s promises on e-procurement is a further example of the tortuous path from rhetoric to reality. March 2001 was the deadline for 90% of central government low value procurements to be carried out electronically. The Treasury estimate that departments are now about half way towards the target. This failure to deliver puts in jeopardy the Office for Government Commerce target to make savings of 1 billion pounds on central government procurement by 2005. Savings in the last three years
amounted to 100 million pounds.

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