Archives for February 20th, 2003

JOINT FUND WILL HELP COUNCILS IMPROVE

Headlines, PublicNet: 20 February, 2003

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and the Local Government Association have unveiled a 27 million pound joint fund to help councils deliver continuous improvement in local services. The announcement is seen as underpinning the government’s commitment to providing support for officers and members in all councils to enable them to develop and strengthen their corporate capacity to deliver improvements to their communitiesThe scheme includes incentives for high-performing local authorities to advise and support weaker councils, extra assistance for poor performing councils, the expansion of graduate recruitment and specific support to tackle recognised skills shortages.

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AUDIT OFFICE CALLS FOR STEPS TO AVOID DANGERS OF A ‘DIGITAL DIVIDE’

Headlines, PublicNet: 20 February, 2003

More needs to be done to encourage older people to use government e-services if those services are to provide value for money, according to the National Audit Office which is warning of the dangers of a digital divide.In a report today the head of the NAO, Sir John Bourn, says while steps have been taken to encourage sections of society, such as older people, to make greater use of e-services, government departments and agencies need to be more proactive.

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WORK, PARENTING AND CAREERS 2002

Abstracts, PublicNet: 20 February, 2003

This survey commissioned by The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development shows that those who can least afford to stop work and take on parenting full time are more likely to opt for this option because of a lack of affordable childcare. The survey revealed that 22% of parents with an annual household income of below 20,000 pounds had given up work completely. Only 10% of parents with an income in households earning above 20,000 pounds gave up their jobs as a result of becoming a parent. Nearly 60% of higher earning parents – in households earning over 40,000 pounds per year – report that they are working exactly the same number of hours. The average cost of a nursery place in the UK for a child under two costs over 6,000 pounds per year according to the latest figures from the Daycare Trust, rising to 7,500 pounds in London and the South East. Other findings include 52% of respondents believed that becoming a parent has affected their career and for women the figure is 72%.Published by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. http://www.cipd.co.uk

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