Archives for June 30th, 2003

REPORT CLAIMS POLICIES IGNORE WOMEN’S VIEWS ON WORK

Headlines, PublicNet: 30 June, 2003

Most women reduce their commitment to careers when they marry according to a report from the Centre for Policy Studies based on research carried out at the London School of Economics. The report says that while many women see their priority as spending time with their children, Government policies are designed to drive them into full-time work.The report, ‘Choosing to be Different – women, work and the family’, by Jill Kirby, challenges what she calls the prevailing fallacy that men and women are interchangeable in their aspirations for work and family life. Using research by Dr Catherine Hakim, she says women have no difficulty in regarding themselves as equal to men, but they have different life-goals.

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MINISTER SET TO LEARN FROM IMPROVING AUTHORITIES

Headlines, PublicNet: 30 June, 2003

Councils are dealing with more planning applications and at a faster rate according to new figures from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. They show that local authorities dealt with planning applications two per cent faster in 2002-03 than in the previous year.Three councils which have improved their performance are to meet the Planning Minister so he can examine how they have achieved this – but he is warning that councils still need to improve the efficiency with which they handle major applications.

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TRENDS IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT SOFTWARE

Abstracts, PublicNet: 30 June, 2003

This survey by the Society of IT Management shows continuing decline in use of software developed in-house by local authorities and it concludes that most replacement systems are likely to be bought in. The number of in house payroll systems declined from 11% in 2001 to 8% this year and those developing their own social services client software has declined from 39% to 31% in two years. Continuing supplier merges mean that fewer companies are supplying an expanding market. For General Ledger systems 12 suppliers provide for 78% of the market. The impact of e-government is beginning to be reflected in the systems installed. 54 authorities have customer relationship management systems compared to 30 last year.Index of Application Software, Published by SOCITM www.socitm.gov.uk   http://www.socitm.gov.uk  200.00 pounds.

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