Archives for February 6th, 2002

HEALTH TV SERVICE LAUNCHED

Headlines, PublicNet: 6 February, 2002

Subscribers to Video Networks’ HomeChoice video-on-demand service in the London area can now get instant visual advice and information about common illnesses through the TV set. This is one of four interactive digital television pilots commissioned by the Department of Health. The service is an extension of NHS Direct Online web site http://www.nhsdirect.nhs.ukThe service helps families make the right decisions when it comes to first aid and understanding health conditions. It covers a range of health issues from first aid advice to patient case studies concerning more serious conditions. There is a directory of London A & E departments, and an interactive video on blood donation that, with a single click of the TV remote control, automatically sends a request to the National Blood Service for an information pack to be posted to that viewer.

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REGENERATION SPENDING FAILING TO DELIVER

Headlines, PublicNet: 6 February, 2002

Spending on regeneration of deprived neighbourhoods continues to rise, but an evaluation of completed projects reveals that there was little difference in the lives of people. A report produced by a team from Cambridge University for the DTLR reveals that almost 6 billion pounds was spent on ten projects over six years. Evaluation of the projects over three years shows that outcome changes were small.The employment strategies of the projects seek to reduce social exclusion by raising the level of employment, but the report highlights the difficulty of achieving this aim. The average head of household income for those in employment was 207 pounds per week, whilst the average income received by those entirely dependent on state benefits was 86 pounds. But when income tax, national insurance, travel expenses and loss of benefits are taken into account the differential between those in employment and those receiving benefit is reduced to 9 pounds per week. The report pointed out this narrow gap could easily be made up by the smallest degree of participation in the informal economy.

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CHANGING GOVERNANCE, CHANGING EQUALITY?

Abstracts, PublicNet: 6 February, 2002

By Janet NewmanThis article explores the implications for issues of equality and diversity in the Labour government’s programme of public service modernization. Networks and partnerships are viewed as a response to the increasing complexity and ambiguity of the public realm. But in the new knowledge-based and networked economy, ‘who you know’, and whether you can access the crucial networks, is becoming highly significant. As the site of action shifts, so equality agendas must be renegotiated.

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