Archives for April 11th, 2002

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN PUBLIC DECISIONS

Book News, PublicNet: 11 April, 2002

By John Clayton ThomasThis straightforward and practical guide outlines a strategic approach to public involvement in government decision making. Prepares public managers for the difficult task of involving citizens more fully in the affairs of government while maintaining effectiveness and efficiency. Written in easy-to-understand terms, Public Participation in Public Decisions presents the Effective Decision Model of Public Involvement that managers will find to be an invaluable asset when making decisions about when and how to involve the public.

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GOVERNMENT GATEWAY MARKETING CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED

Headlines, PublicNet: 11 April, 2002

Save time and money is the key message of the e-Envoy’s campaign to encourage central and local government to use the Government Gateway as an alternative to in house development of online services. The Gateway, ukonline.gov.uk, is the citizen portal providing a one-stop shop to finding out about government in the UK and carrying out transactions such as submitting income tax and VAT returns.The e-Envoy claims that the Gateway provides a cost effective, easier and faster way for connecting back-office systems. Departments and local councils that use the Gateway can cut development costs by 1 -3 million pounds and reduce project timescales significantly. In addition, because all the facilities are tried and tested the risk is also reduced. These benefits result from facilities which include a customer authentication process, a form creation and submission system and transaction processing extending to online payments.

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PLAN FOR DELIVERING BETTER LOCAL PUBLIC SERVICES

Headlines, PublicNet: 11 April, 2002

An action plan setting out how the new vision for local government will be realized has been published by the Department for Transport Local Government and the Regions. It takes forward the proposals in the Local Government White Paper, published in December 2001, which aims to give local councils substantial new freedoms to respond to the needs of their local communities and establish a new partnership between central and local government.A number of actions in the plan relate to refining the overall management of local government. Concern about the excessive number of Best Value performance indicators has already led to a slimming down and the plan makes it clear that this process will be continued. Legislation will be introduced to give more flexibility on Best Value Plans and Reviews. Work on developing a system of comprehensive performance assessments will be carried forward. It is also proposed to reduce the work load of councils by cutting significantly the number of plans and strategies that currently need to be produced.

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