Archives for October 17th, 2001

SOLACE GETS TECHNICAL

Headlines, PublicNet: 17 October, 2001

Top managers in local government are getting to grips with how technology can effect real change in how they deliver local services.The annual conference of SOLACE, the society for chief executives and senior managers of local councils, focuses this year on e-government, and is being held for the first time in partnership with the private sector.

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MODERNISATION STILL TOP OF AGENDA

Headlines, PublicNet: 17 October, 2001

The Prime Minister has acted to re-affirm that public service reform is still top of his agenda, despite the events of September 11 and its consequences.At a special gathering in London of workers from across the public sector, he said that strong public services would define Britain’s strength and success as much as any international crisis. He said that it was on these bread and butter issues such as these on which the Government would be judged.

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EFFECTS OF PARTICIPATION IN ONE

Abstracts, PublicNet: 17 October, 2001

Report by Department of Work and PensionsThis report sets out the findings of an evaluation of ‘One’ the integrated job seeking and benefits service launched in 1999. The overall conclusion is that those who took part in the One service did not secure any advantage in job seeking compared to those using the traditional method. One seeks to provide individually tailored service to job seekers helping them to overcome barriers to work and to improve their self esteem. The outcome was that participation in One made no significant difference. There was no evidence that One participants were any more likely than non-participants to have been referred by staff into supported employment or voluntary work. The view of One clients was that it was the same old process. The evaluation was designed to ensure lessons are learned for Jobcentre Plus, the department’s new agency which seeks to improve the way support is provided to those of working age who are claiming benefit.

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