Archives for July 26th, 2001

LOTTERY FUNDS PROVIDE TECHNOLOGY FOR LIBRARIES

Headlines, PublicNet: 26 July, 2001

The New Opportunities Fund, a National Lottery distributor of good causes money, is funding the development of the Peoples Network in local libraries to bring Internet access to all users. The scheme will link every public library in the UK to the Internet and the Grid for Learning, making technology accessible to local communities. This funding supplements money local councils are investing in developing technology in libraries.The Peoples Network will shortly have almost 4000 computers in libraries to allow local people to use word processing, spreadsheets, databases, graphics packages, and scanners free of charge. These facilities particularly benefit students who need to type up school or college work and the unemployed who can use the Internet to research jobs and then use the word processor to type up their CV. Local organizations can use the database to keep membership records and tourists can use email to keep in touch with family and friends.

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JOINED UP INFORMATION TO PROMOTE NEIGHBOURHOOD RENEWAL

Headlines, PublicNet: 26 July, 2001

The Office for National Statistics has stepped in to make good the chronic lack of information about what is happening at the neighbourhood level. With a 28 million pound budget from the Treasury’s Capital Modernisation Fund it will provide information for small areas in a way that has not been possible up to now.The lack of information about neighbourhoods was highlighted in 1999 in the Social Exclusion Unit’s Policy Action Team report. A commitment to provide the information was made in the National Strategy Action Plan launched by the Prime Minister in January 2001. The information black hole currently makes it difficult to pinpoint employment, drug and housing blackspots and particularly to detect emerging blackspots.

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EQUALITY IN PERFORMANCE SURVEY

Abstracts, PublicNet: 26 July, 2001

This report examines staff perceptions of working in the Civil Service and views on the equality of performance appraisals. It was commissioned by the Civil Service working closely with the Council of Civil Service Unions. The research looks at factors affecting performance marks across the service and was carried out by Capita and the Institute of Employment Studies. Some 180,000 personal records were analysed and 500 people interviewed. It is being used to assess progress and identify where further action is needed.It shows that the Civil Service scores above average on questions about fairness and equality when compared with other public, private and voluntary sector employers.There were small but statistically significant differences between performance marks in relation to gender, ethnicity and disability, although women do better than men. The performance review systems are not the underlying cause of the differences in performance marks. The main issues were how people were managed, valued and developed. In some cases, negative attitudes and beliefs might have influenced both actual performance and marks.

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