Archives for March 14th, 2002

THE HIGH PERFORMANCE BOARD

Book News, PublicNet: 14 March, 2002

By Dennis D, Pointer and James E. OrlikoffThe book sets out the principles of nonprofit organization governance and presents explicit, precise, and coherent benchmarks designed to help boards reach optimal performance and enhance organizational success. The authors describe each principle in detail and present best practices and practical applications for the reader. Each section of the book concludes with a board check-up- a set of questions that can be employed by readers to assess their boards in light of the principles.

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BETTER SERVICES THROUGH COMPETITION

Headlines, PublicNet: 14 March, 2002

Senior local government managers are being urged to use competition as a lever to improve services and consider outsourcing as a viable alternative to ‘in house’ team service delivery. At a conference today organized by the Institute of Local Government Studies speakers will call for greater choice in the purchasing of public services. Professor Sir Michael Lyons, former Chief Executive of Birmingham City Council, will tell the conference that outsourcing services presents risks, but so does unchallenged service delivery by in-house teams. The greatest risk of all, however, is in a lack of choice. Authorities should seek to create a mixed economy of suppliers so they get the benefits of competition and do not rely on one supplier alone – whether that be in house or external.Other speakers will call for strong partnership working with the private and voluntary sectors and to move beyond traditional thinking and boundaries for service delivery so that consumers have a wider choice. Councils will also be asked to look at their relationships with each other and explore ways in which inter authority partnerships could be developed for mutual benefit.

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POLICE LOBBY TO HALT REFORM

Headlines, PublicNet: 14 March, 2002

Some 5,000 police officers from across the UK descended on central London yesterday to persuade MPs to help to overturn Government plans to give police powers to the private security industry and change police pay and conditions. The Police Federation, which represents rank and file officers, made it clear that it supports the overwhelming majority of the Police Reform Bill but is opposed to proposals to change the pay structure and to plans to give police powers to the private security industry. A similar rally held at Wembley in the early 1990s was successful in halting reforms proposed by the then Conservative Government.The conciliation process is due to start next week and there are indications of a willingness to compromise on some of the more controversial proposals. The planned move away from the dominance of overtime in the pay system could be watered down. The proposals for extending the police family to include private security guards and street wardens could be made optional so that the local Police Authority would decide whether an extended police family was appropriate for the circumstances of the area.

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