Archives for July 30th, 2001

MORE COUNCILS DELIVERING E-GOVERNMENT STRATEGIES

Headlines, PublicNet: 30 July, 2001

Although surveys of local councils continue to show that a significant proportion have not yet devised strategies for e-government, more evidence continues to emerge that others have reached the implementation stage.The 29,000 council tax payers in Weymouth and Portland will shortly join those in the Bracknell Forest Borough Council area by gaining online access to their accounts, including the ability to make payments. They will be able to view pages showing how much they owe and when installments are due. It is planned to extend the facility to Business Rate payers. In a later development benefit claimants will be able to check how their benefit has been calculated and when payments are due. The system has been installed by Academy Information Systems.

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MORE COUNCILS WIN FREEDOM AND PROMISE OF CASH BONUS

Headlines, PublicNet: 30 July, 2001

Over 100 of the larger councils in the UK have been offered a deal which would give freedom from a long list of targets set by Ministers and a relaxation in requirements to devise strategies and detailed plans to meet the needs of Whitehall departments. To make the deal more attractive there is an offer of pump priming funding, greater freedom to borrow capital and a potential bonus of 2.5% of their budget. All this comes to councils that are prepared to set 12 stretching targets that cover local priorities and some of the principal national targets and sign a local public service agreement with the Department for Transport Local Government and the Regions.Twenty councils signed up to local public service agreements in a pilot scheme and the targets they set included increasing the percentage of pupils obtaining five or more GCSEs at Grades A- G, bringing down the number of domestic burglaries and cutting the numbers of people killed or seriously injured in road accidents by 25%.

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EXPANDING THE REALM OF ORGANIZATIONAL REASONING

Abstracts, PublicNet: 30 July, 2001

Marshall JCharts how different human qualities are beginning to be valued in society and within organizations, arguing that qualities such as interdependence, intuition, receptivity are gaining parity with the traditionally-valued qualities of independence, rational analysis and control. Points out that this is being accompanied by a blurring in the gender-based stereotypes in which women were labelled as having certain qualities and men others. Sees these changes as being necessary precursors for learning organizations. Explores the approaches to learning which are needed in learning organizations, praising people who are able to combine analysis, intuition and values-based intelligences. Cautions that these emerging approaches have yet to consolidate their place within organization, suggesting it is possible that they may be co-opted to meet the needs of the old ‘command and control’ approach. Considers how leaders can support learning within their organizations, enabling a rounded approach to inquiry and decision, and working effectively with uncertainty and complexity.

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