Archives for September 20th, 2002

AN AMERICAN TALE: MODERNISING PUBLIC SERVICES

Features, PublicNet: 20 September, 2002

By Brendan Martin Reproduced by permission of The Catalyst Forum In 1992 the new Mayor Indianapolis was elected on a platform of public service privatization. The initial conflict with the union later turned into a partnership to tackle the problems of the city. The author describes the forces that changed attitudes, the way the partnership works and the success it has achieved.



YOUTH SERVICE SHAKE UP FOCUSES ON PARTNERSHIP

Headlines, PublicNet: 20 September, 2002

The Department for Education and Skills has asked local councils to radically re-think their youth service strategies, if they have not already done so. Traditionally young people in the 13 – 19 age group have suffered from the silo structure of public services. For example a 16 year old unemployed school leaver with no educational qualifications, a drug problem and a police record often received unco-ordinated support from a number of agencies. The DfEE wants councils to draw up a strategic framework to bring all agencies together, ready for implementation in the period 2003/4 to 2006. The aim is to offer quality support to young people to help them to achieve and progress.A key requirement of the framework is that there must be a close fit with the local Connexions Service Business Plan. The Service provides young people with the guidance and support they need to stay in learning so that more of them leave school or college with qualifications.

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DON’T BLAME COUNCILS FOR BED-BLOCKING

Headlines, PublicNet: 20 September, 2002

The Local Government Association has told the Government that it is wrong to believe that councils lack commitment or will to tackle the delays in discharges from hospitals. Bed-blocking results from a complex process which involves a number of parties and only a whole system approach will address the problem.The Government’s proposals to alleviate bed-blocking centre on the adoption of the Swedish model which forces councils to pay for the costs of delays to discharging older people from hospital when suitable care cannot be found. It is also intended to extend this approach to mental health patients.

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