Archives for May 2nd, 2003

INSPECTING LOCAL GOVERNMENT: AN AGENT OF PUBLIC SERVICE IMPROVEMENT?

Features, PublicNet: 2 May, 2003

By Howard Davis and Steve Martin Reproduced by permission of the Public Management and Policy Association. External inspection of local government is one of main planks of the Government’s drive for public service improvement. The authors chart the developments that have led to the Comprehensive Performance Assessment regime. They call for a greater clarity about the purpose of inspection and for a better understanding of the ways in which it is seeking to help promote change.



INSPECTORS PRAISE FOR TRAINING COMPANY

Headlines, PublicNet: 2 May, 2003

A Yorkshire training company has been awarded a prestigious grade 1 “outstanding” for its delivery of work based training to young people by the government’s Adult Learning Inspectorate . CareSkills, based in Harrogate, has also achieved a grade 2 “good” for the leadership and management of the company.CareSkills provides government-funded training for young people working towards modern apprenticeships and NVQs in health and social care. The trainees work in care homes where they are involved with the elderly, young adults with learning disabilities and other people who need a caring environment. Many of the learners go on to nursing training for the NHS or the private sector.

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LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNIONS FEAR WORSE PAY DEALS FOR WOMEN

Headlines, PublicNet: 2 May, 2003

Public service unions have reacted angrily to the employers’ submission to the Local Government Pay Commission. UNISON, the United Kingdom’s largestĀ  trade union, has branded the employers’ views as “dangerous and dated” andĀ  the GMB has stressed its opposition to the idea of local settlements.The Employers Organisation said it was putting the improvement of public services at the heart of the pay negotiations and wanted the pay commission to recognise that there were 400 employers and not just one.

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