Archives for April 2002

LOCAL GOVERNMENT SUPPORTS DATA SHARING PROPOSALS

Headlines, PublicNet: 24 April, 2002

Local government’s Improvement and Development Agency has given support to the Performance and Innovation Unit’s proposals for privacy and data sharing. Under the PIU’s proposals public bodies would share data, subject to the citizen’s continuous consent.The IDeA also supports the development of consumer authentication technologies, such as smart cards and it believes that such technologies will play an increasing role in authenticating customers of government. It gives a commitment to draw together the various smart card projects underway in local government to avoid the “wallet full of different smart cards” scenario.

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GETTING BUSINESS INVOLVED IN IDENTITY CARD DEBATE

Headlines, PublicNet: 24 April, 2002

Home Secretary David Blunkett wants the views of the business community on the sensitive issue of identity cards. It is estimated that identity fraud costs to the economy at least 1.2 billion pounds each year, with the biggest victims outside of government being the financial services and insurance industry. A consultation paper on Entitlement Cards as a way of securely identifying people will be published later in the year, but the views of business are being sought before publication.A study on identity fraud led by the Cabinet Office has identified a number of potential initiatives that could close gaps incurrent procedures which fraudsters attempt to exploit. These include establishing a public sector database of known and suspected fraudsters against which applications for Government services could be cross-checked, making identity theft a specific offence in itself, rather than relying on offences being committed after the identity has been stolen and establishing a database of stolen identity documents that can be checked when they are produced as forms of ID

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TRANSFORMING ADMINISTRATIVE POLICY

Abstracts, PublicNet: 24 April, 2002

By Tom Christensen, Per Laegreid and Lois R. Wise.Administrative policies and practices may evolve and change slowly and incrementally or they may be transformed intentionally. Intentional efforts to change by transforming the structure, processes, or personnel of public sector organizations define an active administrative policy. This article focuses on the fulfilment of these preconditions in the three national contexts – Norway, Sweden and the United States of America – in order to determine the relevance of a transformative perspective for understanding the process of administrative change. We examine what impact constraints like polity features, historical-institutional traditions and external pressure, particularly through popular international administrative doctrines like New Public Management ideas and financial crises, have on the possibilities to enhance an active national administrative policy.

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DELIVER THROUGH PARTNERSHIP NOT RESTRUCTURING

Headlines, PublicNet: 23 April, 2002

The Local Government Association is urging councils to fulfill their responsibility for child protection through coordinating a comprehensive, multi-agency response for vulnerable children. The Association wants Local Strategic Partnerships to bring together private, voluntary and community agencies and give strategic child protection direction to the needs of a local area.It believes that the alternative of introducing structural change to children’s services would create further disruption, communication problems and deflect from the essential task of ensuring the network of support protects all children at risk. A structural change approach would simply replace one set of boundaries and problems with another. In addition it would lead to substantial disruption to existing services in the medium term.

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TREASURY GROUP CALLS FOR PARTNERSHIP CUTBACK

Headlines, PublicNet: 23 April, 2002

Too many public service partnerships are being created and sometimes they address the wrong sorts of problem. This is the conclusion of a working group of the Public Services Productivity Panel set up by the Treasury. The popularity of partnerships has grown because of the increasing interdependencies between public bodies as they tackle some of the most difficult social challenges. Multiple-factor problems demand new ways of working, but a partnership is not always the answer.The working group found a proliferation of partnerships in some areas with the result that even the most necessary and successful partnerships achieved less than they might otherwise expect. They also found that the consequences of a failed partnership in an area can be long-term because of the damage done to trust between the organizationsinvolved and hence the prospect for future joint working.

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CAMPBELL LEADERSHIP DESCRIPTOR – FACILITATORS GUIDE

Book News, PublicNet: 22 April, 2002

By David P Campbell.The Campbell Leadership Descriptor was developed to help others develop their leadership skills and abilities. Designed specifically for use in those situations where comprehensive analysis of leadership characteristics is useful-such as leadership development seminars, classroom discussions, and one-on-one coaching – The Campbell Leadership Descriptor provides a personalized assessment with a minimum of administrative complexity. This Facilitator’s Guide includes the detailed information needed to prepare for and conduct a leadership workshop for a group of any size. It includes instructions for scoring the Descriptor and interpreting the scores as well as illustrative case studies.

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INTERACTIVE GOVERNMENT TV GOES LIVE

Headlines, PublicNet: 22 April, 2002

The ChildcareLink service is now available on digital TV, making it the first central government service to use interactive television nationwide.Use of the new technology is a key part of a drive by the Department for Education and Skills to make childcare information more accessible to parents and carers.

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NEW GP CONTRACT FRAMEWORK

Headlines, PublicNet: 22 April, 2002

The NHS Confederation and the BMA have agreed what they hope will be the framework for a new contract for family GPs.It will modernise an old-fashioned system that left doctors frustrated, feeling overworked and new doctors to opt for alternative careers than general practice.

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SOCIAL SERVICES FINED FOR NHS BED BLOCKING

Headlines, PublicNet: 19 April, 2002

After the good news of a six per cent real annual increase in social services budgets, local authorities have now been directed towards how it will be used.They’ve been warned to use the money to stabilise home care services to avoid hospital bed-blocking – otherwise they will be forced to pay for the costs.

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THUMBS UP FOR DELIVERING NHS PLAN

Headlines, PublicNet: 19 April, 2002

There’s been a widespread welcome among health groups for the further announcements of change in the NHS following the budget.Alan Milburn’s fleshing out of the long term reform required to run alongside its sustained increase in funds has been described as ‘setting the stage for an NHS that is less politicised and freed from excessive central control,’ according to the King’s Fund.

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