Archives for August 22nd, 2002

PUBLIC SECTOR MANAGEMENT

Book News, PublicNet: 22 August, 2002

By Norman FlynnThis latest edition includes the most up-to-date research and comment on changes in public sector management in the UK since the arrival of the Blair government. The book maintains its highly accessible yet analytical style and examines in detail the major management issues of strategy, competition, co-operation and collaboration, service design and delivery, people management, organisational structures, financial management and the management of performance. It deals with control through audit and inspection, contracting to collaboration and on managing money in the public sector. It also includes discussion of highly relevant topics such as public-private partnerships, and developments within the NHS and covers the Third Way approach to policy and management.

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UNION THREAT TO PUBLIC SERVICE CONTRACTORS

Headlines, PublicNet: 22 August, 2002

The GMB union has written to local government contractors asking them to match the pay rises currently on offer to council workers. The letter contains a warning that in the absence of a positive response and an assurance that the pay increases will be fully implemented, the union will ballot its membership to take industrial action.There are currently approximately 300,000 local government workers working for contractors across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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BLUEPRINT FOR JOINING UP CHILDREN’S SERVICES

Headlines, PublicNet: 22 August, 2002

Closer partnership working between agencies will result from a new model for more co-ordinated and community-based children’s services. The proposals are set out in a consultation document published by the Local Government Association, the NHS Confederation and the Association of Directors of Social Services.”Serving children well – a new vision for young people’s services” sets out a strategic framework for children’s services which enhances life chances for them and prevents later intervention. The proposals are based on the recognition that children live as part of their family, their school and their community and that housing, schools, play facilities, transport, GPs and health care, and social services all shape their experience. This complex picture can only be made coherent at local level.

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