Archives for November 12th, 2001

NEW CHART FOR NAVIGATING E-GOVERNMENT MAZE

Headlines, PublicNet: 12 November, 2001

The Institute of Public Finance has come to the aid of those who are struggling to find a way through the maze of e-governments organizations and processes with an ‘e-Government Route Map’. It sets out for the first time who does what, who reports to whom, and how the different parts of central government relate to each other. Because e-Government is evolving so rapidly the Institute describes the Route Map as framework within which a detailed picture of central government, committees and individuals, can be presented in the future. Future editions will address e-Government activities and structures on a multi-sectoral basis.The Route Map is the first publication of the newly formed e-Government Forum, launched by the Institute on 1 November 2001. It will act as an independent body in promoting the development of best practice in the formulation and implementation of e-Government. It aims to inform and enable the transformation of public service delivery in Britain. In January Paul Jackson from the School of Business and Management, Brunel University, will take up the post of Forum manager. Whilst at Brunel he created an international forum that brought together USA and UK e-Government champions.

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SCHOOL DOORS OPENING TO EXTERNAL PROVIDERS

Headlines, PublicNet: 12 November, 2001

Next year will see a new era of partnership between local education authorities and external providers, ranging from private companies to voluntary bodies and non-profit-making organisations. Partnerships between education authoritities will also be encouraged. Broadening the range of partnership working will, for example, allow ‘outsiders’ to be brought in assess special educational needs and to prepare a whole range of plans. The Department for Education and Skills is also funding the development of new models for the delivery of LEA servicesMany LEAs are already using partnerships to deliver better services and the aim in creating greater freedom is to increase the capacity, quality and responsiveness of local education services. Imaginative arrangements to deliver local services will be encouraged and the increased freedom will set LEAs free to decide how best to provide pupils with first- rate education. The freedom will be delivered by making an Order of Parliament under existing legislation.

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A HEALTHY OUTLOOK- LOCAL AUTHORITY SCRUTINY AND OVERVIEW OF HEALTH

Abstracts, PublicNet: 12 November, 2001

This Audit Commission paper examines the critical issues facing local authorities and NHS bodies as they set up new scrutiny arrangements. Under new legislation, councils can make ‘reports and recommendations’ on health matters and can require NHS representatives to attend and inform scrutiny meetings. Making the new roles work will require new processes and skills – and constructive relationships between health and local authorities. Some health bodies are nervous about what scrutiny will mean, and not all councils are well equipped to carry it out. A Healthy Outlook addresses these concerns, outlines good practice and potential pitfalls, and sets out the actions needed on the part of both councils and health bodies. It says councils should consider the scope and objectives of their scrutiny before starting, and make sure scrutiny is based on sound evidence. Also, they need to give elected members a basic grounding in health issues, set aside officer time to support the process, and consult with other agencies.Published by the Audit Commission price 15 pounds. www.audit-commission.gov.uk   <http://www.audit-commission.gov.uk

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