Archives for May 9th, 2003

EMPLOYERS, COMMUNITIES AND FAMILY-FRIENDLY EMPLOYMENT POLICIES

Features, PublicNet: 9 May, 2003

By Sue Yeandle, Andrea Wigfield, Louise Ritchie, Rosemary Crompton and Jane Dennett. Increasingly more employees also have caring responsibilities. The authors looked at how work and family lives were managed in local government, banking and supermarkets. They found a lack of awareness of family friendly policies among managers and carers and set out what employers and government could do to promote a better work life balance.



MEASURING TOWN HALL PROGRESS TOWARDS E-GOVERNMENT

Headlines, PublicNet: 9 May, 2003

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has told local councils what information they must give about their progress towards implementing E-government and given them a deadline of October 2003 to reply. Consultation on the format of the responses from councils will continue until 9 June 2003.The ODPM wants to know what progress has been made in implementing E-government since the 2002 report was made and how the 200,000 pounds funding provided to the council has been used. A further grant of 200,000 for the current year will depend on how well the money was spent. In fulfillment of a pledge to simplify information required from councils, this year’s report will include an element of self assessment.

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TEAM BONUS PAYMENTS FOR HIGH PERFORMING SCHOOLS

Headlines, PublicNet: 9 May, 2003

Caretakers, catering staff, administrative support staff, supply teachers as well as teachers and heads at high performing schools will share in bonus payouts. A typical primary school will receive 5,700 pounds and a typical secondary school 27,700 pounds. The aim of the payments is to improve the quality of teaching and learning throughout the school system. School governors will decide how the bonus payments should be shared out among the team.School Standards Minister David Miliband in congratulating the winners said: “There is much to celebrate about our schools – improving results, good teaching and committed staff. Success in schools depends on each and every member of staff working together to raise standards. It is right to reward the staff whose work helps pupils to learn and today’s awards celebrate the achievements of the entire school community in helping pupils to achieve high or improved test results, and rewards them for their efforts with a cash boost to their pay packets.”

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