Archives for December 20th, 2001

THE CHANGING PUBLIC SECTOR: A PRACTICAL MANAGEMENT

Book News, PublicNet: 20 December, 2001

By Malcolm ProwleThe book gives a basic introduction to the recent changes in public sector organizations, particularly in the areas of strategy, finance, human resources, marketing, quality and information systems. It also outlines possible future developments.

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E-PROCUREMENT PILOTS GO LIVE

Headlines, PublicNet: 20 December, 2001

Accenture, Biomni and CapGemini Ernst & Young have launched pilot projects as part of the Office for Government Commerce e-procurement research programme. The purpose of the e-pilots contracts, which will run until 31 July 2002, is to establish government as an intelligent customer and successful user of e- procurement. They will look at key areas affecting the implementation of e-procurement processes for both government and supplier market places. On the government side this will encompass areas of business change and process efficiencies within government, whilst on the supplier side it will address the needs of the supplier base and e-system solution providers.Accenture, working with software partners Ariba and Epylon, will be implementing “buyn@w” on an Application Service Provider basis to the National Assembly for Wales, and providing a separate “Enterprise” basis for the Police IT Organisation.

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SUBSIDISED HOMES SCHEMES FOR KEY PUBLIC SECTOR WORKERS FAILING TO DELIVER

Headlines, PublicNet: 20 December, 2001

Subsidised schemes that provide a low-cost foot on the home ownership ladder for key public sector workers and others are being rapidly outstripped by demand. In Greater London, where the problem is more acute for teachers nurses and social care staff, some 41,000 applications were received in the last year from a whole range of eligible applicants, but the number of low-cost home ownership properties funded by the Housing Corporation was 1,300.Research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has revealed that demand for low-cost home ownership is particularly strong in areas where market prices are high. This includes schemes such as ‘Homebuy’, where would-be owners are helped to purchase properties with a subsidised loan, and ‘shared ownership’, where homes are part-purchased and part-rented.
The Foundation in its report ‘Swamps and alligators: The future for low-cost home ownership’ is critical of local authority decision-makers who it claims often fail to recognise the benefits of making shared ownership, and other low-cost schemes part of the mix when considering new housing developments in their area. By focusing on the immediate requirement for rent-only accommodation among households on their waiting lists, they neglect the strategic need to create sustainable, mixed-income communities.

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