Archives for September 10th, 2002

UP FOR IT – GETTING YOUNG PEOPLE INVOLVED IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Abstracts, PublicNet: 10 September, 2002

By Vicki CombeResearch by the Institute for Public Policy Research, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, found that four out of five local authorities don’t have a strategy in place for involving young people in decision making. The report contains advice and guidance on how best to involve young people in their decision-making structures, with best practice examples from six authorities used as case studies. It is argued that engaging young people in decision-making is a tangible way of tackling the apathy that they are often accused of. The report shows that local authorities can be imaginative about involving young people if they are prepared to commit the time and resources. It notes that some councils are doing better than others. The report is intended to get those responsible to think through the best strategies and approaches for engaging young people and offers practical advice and ideas including ten key recommendations.

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FREE BRIEFING ON PFI

Headlines, PublicNet: 10 September, 2002

Public and private sector practitioners can get access to the latest information on PFI contracts guidance in briefing sessions later this week. The sessions will be run by the Office of Government and the organisation set up to work with public bodies to support and develop their PFI and PPP projects, Partnerships UK.Revised guidance was issued by these two organisations at the end of July, and the sessions held later this week are intended for contractors, lenders, advisers, departments, authorities, agencies and other public and private sector organisations involved in PFI who want to learn more about the changes.

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REGIONAL E-STRATEGIES

Headlines, PublicNet: 10 September, 2002

The English regions must start developing e-strategies now if they are to maximise returns on current investment in their regions, says a new report by the organisation for IT managers in local government (SOCITM).According to ‘Developing a regional e-strategy: joining up the e-initiatives’, this applies not just to investment which will deliver e-services, but all investment – whether concerned with community development, social democracy or economic regeneration.

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