Archives for October 3rd, 2001

COMPARATIVE SOCIAL POLICY

Book News, PublicNet: 3 October, 2001

By Patricia KennettThis book explores the new context of social policy and considers how cross-national theory and research can respond to the challenges facing welfare. These challenges include changing demographic trends and economic conditions in line with new needs and risks emerging within and across societies. The book extends and deepens cross-national research by exploring the theoretical and conceptual frameworks through which social policy and welfare systems have been understood. It critically examines different policy processes and welfare outcomes. The author concludes by reflecting on how cross-national research can illuminate the complex and diverse processes leading to discrimination and inequality across borders. This leads to a consideration of how it can contribute to the implementation of welfare provision appropriate to the social and economic conditions of contemporary societies.

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BEST VALUE WORKS TO DRIVE UP PLANNING PERFORMANCE

Headlines, PublicNet: 3 October, 2001

Best Value may have had some bad reviews in some quarters, (See Publicnet Briefing of Tuesday, October 2) but there’s a new claim that it is working to drive up delivery among the worst performing planning authorities.New figures show 12 of the worst 15 authorities have started improving their performance, following Best Value performance standards introduced in April. These required 15 authorities at the bottom of the performance league to process at least 65 per cent of planning applications within eight weeks.

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NO GOLDEN GOODBYE

Headlines, PublicNet: 3 October, 2001

Doctors say that improving the NHS pension would encourage many of them to stay on with the service until retirement.But in a BMA survey they have rejected the proposal of a ‘golden goodbye’ scheme – the offer of a 10,000-pound investment bond if they stay on from the age of 60 to 65.

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