Archives for March 4th, 2002

RISK, SOCIAL POLICY AND WELFARE

Book News, PublicNet: 4 March, 2002

By Hazel KemshallTraditionally, need has been the major mechanism for allocating resources in public services, and social policy texts have addressed various state responses to social problems and the alleviation of need. However, in a period of state retrenchment and welfare restriction, rationing and targeting have become more intense. This book explores the extent to which, as a result, risk and vulnerability have replaced need as the key principles of welfare rationing and provision. It begins with an introductory overview of current theories on risk and goes on to examine the relevance of risk to social policy and welfare developments. This is achieved by drawing on recent social policy and case examples from health, the personal social services and mental health.

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ON TARGET TO ELECTRONIC DELIVERY?

Headlines, PublicNet: 4 March, 2002

A new report documents the progress of local government in hitting the deadline of 2005 for being able to deliver public services electronically.The Audit Commission report says that although councils are confident their services can be delivered electronically within the next three years – there’s a lot still to do.

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SOFTWARE DEAL SAVES MILLIONS

Headlines, PublicNet: 4 March, 2002

The Treasury is predicting that a groundbreaking deal between the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) and three of the world’s major suppliers of IT software will offer the Government savings of 100 million pounds over the next three years.The arrangement was reached following discussions between Microsoft, IBM/Lotus and SUN Microsystems.

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