Archives for February 19th, 2002

EU COMPUTER DRIVING LICENCE TO BECOME STANDARD

Headlines, PublicNet: 19 February, 2002

The EU Group for Social Dimension of the Information Society has recommended the Commission to accept the EU Computer Driving Licence as standard across the Community. The Driving Licence is the most recognized and accepted computing certificate available in more than 56 countries worldwide. An increasing number of public service organizations across the UK support staff in securing the qualification.The Driving Licence programme has been developed with inputs from over 30 different computer societies worldwide across all spheres of activity and enjoys widespread endorsement from educational and government bodies across the globe. It provides a tangible skills measure and the certification of a users competency with computers. Benefits to employers include raising the general level of competency with computers, improving productivity and reducing support costs.

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CUT IN RED TAPE BURDEN FOR LOCAL COUNCILS

Headlines, PublicNet: 19 February, 2002

Strategies and plans central departments require are to be cut by one third following the first ever review of the total planning burden placed on councils. The review found that councils supply the different central departments with a total of 66 plans each year, but this understates the burden because some of the requirements are for multiple plans.The review report describes a planning culture in central departments that maintains the resource demand on councils. There is an implicit assumption that plans enable local authorities to be more cost-effective and the cost of producing plans was given little consideration. Few departments had looked, or intended to look, at whether there are any alternatives to the plan based approach for monitoring compliance with national policy objectives or levels of activity. The most damming revelation is that ten plans are not used by anyone.

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