Archives for February 28th, 2002

LIVING WITH AMBIGUITY – THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN LOCAL AND CENTRAL GOVERNMENT

Book News, PublicNet: 28 February, 2002

By David WalkerIn a new study of the vexed relationship between local and central government, David Walker assesses its dynamics. A pattern of intervention by the center established under the Conservatives was, if anything, strengthened under Labour, leading to complaints from councilors that their autonomy is being diminished and their role made incoherent. But in education and social services in particular, the thirst for uniform national standards is deep. So what is left for local decision makers? David Walker suggests that perhaps local authorities should content themselves with intrinsically local services, and leave social policy to central government and the variety of agencies it employs to provide services.

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EUROPE’s COMPUTERS JOIN UP

Headlines, PublicNet: 28 February, 2002

England, Wales and Scotland are going to be in at the beginning of a major new inititiative to get land information across Europe onto one massive computerised land registry.They have joined the computerised national land registries of Finland, Norway and Sweden, Austria, the Netherlands and Lithuania to launch the European Land Information Service (EULIS) consortium.

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DOCTORS JOBSHARE WITH NURSES

Headlines, PublicNet: 28 February, 2002

Doctors have made a major modernising step towards changing working practices in the health service.The British Medical Association is published a discussion paper today (Thursday, February 28) on the future roles of doctors and nurses.

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