Archives for March 27th, 2002

PROFESSIONALS AND THE NEW MANAGERIALISM

Book News, PublicNet: 27 March, 2002

By Mark Exworthy and Susan HalfordThe book explores the relationship between professionals (and professionalism) and the new managerialism by using in-depth studies from education, social work and medicine. It presents an overview of the restructuring of British personal public services and its implications for professional employees. It provides a useful reflection on the recent past and looks at possible futures.

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PRIVATE FINANCE FOR MORE SCHOOLS AS POLICY COMES UNDER ATTACK

Headlines, PublicNet: 27 March, 2002

Some 200 schools will benefit in 2003/04 from 900 million pounds of funding from the Private Finance Initiative. The projects include refurbishment as well as building new schools. Since 1997 over 2 billion pounds of PFI funding has been put into schools. Thirty new, rebuilt, or extensively refurbished schools using PFI funding have been opened since 1999.Bidders for PFI finance are encouraged to devise imaginative projects aimed at raising standards, securing wider access and encouraging lifelong learning. The latest projects include proposals for community facilities such as libraries, social services such as creches, nurseries to help the recruitment and retention of teachers, as well as health centres and sports facilities. One project includes an integrated ICT network to establish closer working relations between local primary schools, businesses and residents.

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NEED FOR CIVIL SERVICE ACT SAYS WILSON

Headlines, PublicNet: 27 March, 2002

Civil Service head, Sir Richard Wilson, wants a clear framework to help the Civil Service cope with constitutional change, management change and political change. He sees the Civil Service as a shock-absorber at the heart of the State responding to Globalisation, developments in science and technology, changes in social attitudes and behaviour, and growth in the power of the media. A Civil Service Act would give some stability in this volatile situation and allow departmental heads to get on with their jobs.A key feature of a Civil Service Act would be a new code for special advisers. Although they are frequently described as spin doctors, only about half of the 81 advisers have any dealings with the media. He argues that under a code, Parliament should decide the maximum number of advisers and that there should be a clear statement about what they cannot do. For example they should not have any role in the recruitment and promotion of permanent civil servants, nor should they have any involvement in line management or the assessment of performance and pay.

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