Archives for January 23rd, 2003

REPORT SAYS MANAGEMENT SKILLS GAP HAMPERS PUBLIC SECTOR REFORM

Headlines, PublicNet: 23 January, 2003

An overall lack of management skills in Britain is acting as a brake on the effectiveness of public sector reform according to a report out today from The Work Foundation.The document, ‘Can the UK learn to manage?’ – is the Foundation’s most recent contribution to the debate on British management and productivity. A report commissioned by the Department of Trade and Industry on the performance of British managers – prepared by Professor Michael Porter of Harvard Business School – is due to be published later this month.

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THINK TANK SURVEY WILL TEST VIEWS ON LOCALISM

Headlines, PublicNet: 23 January, 2003

The independent think-tank, the New Local Government Network, today launches a survey designed to measure variations in public opinion across the UK on a range of issues affecting the quality of people’s lives and their views on the way services are delivered.The ‘Localism Index’ – a specially commissioned survey of 2000 adults – will be launched at NLGN’s first annual conference. Its ultimate aim is to compare national government priorities with those of the public generally on issues seen as integral to the emerging localism agenda.

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THE CHALLENGE OF LONGER LIFE

Abstracts, PublicNet: 23 January, 2003

This report by the Working Group on the implications of demographic change examines the argument that longer life is an economic burden and presents a contrary view of a social opportunity. Instead of welcoming the medical and other developments that have led to people having healthier and longer lives, demographic trends have become a pretext for cutting back pension schemes and worrying about the future cost of social and health provision for the elderly. Current fears about the “economic burden” of an ageing population are greatly exaggerated. Mechanical projections of the ratio of the numbers retired, or not working, to those at work neglect the fact people of 50 or 65 are healthier and more active today than they were 30 years ago, and will be more so in 30 years time.More job opportunities should be provided for the over 50s and more flexible provision for retirement. The problem is not ageing but failure to enhance the opportunities ageing brings with it. The report emphasises the need for a positive approach – to welcome the improvements in health which are leading to greater longevity, and to develop the opportunities for older people to continue work and make the increased contribution to society which these developments permit.

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