Archives for November 21st, 2002

BROADBAND IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT – A SNAPSHOT IN 2002

Abstracts, PublicNet: 21 November, 2002

This report commissioned by the DTI and produced by the Society of Information Technology Management, provides a snapshot of progress being made by local authorities in the implementation of broadband across the UK. The report also provides information on the likely speed of future developments. Almost 80% of the larger authorities will be committed to a strategic approach to broadband across all networks by September 2004, but only 30% of shire districts will be. The key drivers for broadband implementation are the National Grid for Learning and the People’s Network, while 93% of smaller district councils see e-government as the driving force. The most frequently cited barrier to broadband take up is lack of funding, and the complexity of accessing the funding that is available. The report concludes that in general local authorities have a positive view of the need to adopt broadband.The report is available free of charge to Socitm Insight subscribers and 125 pounds to others. It can be ordered from http://www.socitm.gov.uk

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FROM THE NORTH SEA TO THE SOUTH ATLANTIC

Headlines, PublicNet: 21 November, 2002

Chris Simpkins, 50, is taking the skills he has developed as Chief Executive of South Holland District Council in Lincolnshire to the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic, some 300 miles from the South American mainland. His salary as Chief Executive will be almost 100 thousand pounds plus a gratuity of 25%. He will also be eligible for lower tax rates.He is leaving a unique landscape bordering on the Wash, which has been drained to create the most fertile farmland in Britain for one of the world’s most unspoilt environments with more sunshine hours than Southern England and less rainfall than the UK average. There are, of course, winds.

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POLICE PLAN STRENGTHENS JOINED UP APPROACH TO TACKLING CRIME

Headlines, PublicNet: 21 November, 2002

The first national three year Police Plan announced by Home Secretary David Blunkett sets out how the police in partnership with local councils, crime and disorder reduction partnerships, schools, health services, the private security industry, businesses, voluntary organisations, and faith communities can reduce crime. Model framework agreements setting out the respective responsibilities of local crime and disorder reduction partners will be developed over the coming year. Guidance will also be issued to councils on building crime and disorder reduction into the delivery of all local authority services.The promotion of community cohesion will be central to the work of the police. Communities fragment for many reasons but extreme vulnerability, high crime levels and the alienation of young people all play a part. Police forces will be required to improve their understanding of the needs of the communities they serve and the way they communicate with members of the public. The views of local people are to be sought and taken into consideration in setting local priorities for policing.

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