Archives for October 25th, 2001

DEVOLVED APPROACHES TO LOCAL GOVERNANCE

Book News, PublicNet: 25 October, 2001

By Paul Burgess, Stephen Hall, John Mawson and Graham Pearce.Modernising Local Government and Neighbourhood Management are policy initiatives which are seeking to reinvigorate local democracy and ensure that government is more responsive to local needs. Drawing on research findings and current practice and the authors’ direct experience, this report explores the issues surrounding the modernisation of local government. It presents an overview of the issues faced by public, private and voluntary organizations, community groups and residents engaged in neighbourhood renewal and management. It will also be of interest to policy makers at central, regional and local government level who are concerned with tackling these issues.

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SAVINGS INITIATIVE QUESTIONED

Headlines, PublicNet: 25 October, 2001

A new report questions some of the aims and likely outcomes of the Government’s plans to introduce new measures to build savings for very young children.The Institute of Fiscal Studies has examined the plans to introduce two new ‘asset-based welfare’ policies during the current parliament – the Child Trust Fund and the Saving Gateway.

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INDIVIDUAL LEARNING ACCOUNTS SUSPENDED

Headlines, PublicNet: 25 October, 2001

The Department of Education and Skills has taken the embarrassing step of suspending its Individual Learning Account (ILA) programme.No new learners will be accepted onto the programme for the time being, but existing learners can continue with their plans, provided they are booked on to an approved course by December 7.

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