Archives for July 24th, 2003

MORE CASH CALL FOR EMERGENCY PLANNING

Headlines, PublicNet: 24 July, 2003

Local authority emergency planning units need more cash to fund their increased workload, according to a survey of top-tier authorities in England and Wales by the Local Government Association.It shows that the authorities are spending just over 32 million pounds on emergency planning, but that the current Civil Defence grant is only 19 million. At the same time, following proposed new civil contingencies legislation, eight out of ten councils say they will need to increase staff numbers in their emergency planning units.

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AGREEMENT PAVES WAY FOR EDUCATION COMPACTS

Headlines, PublicNet: 24 July, 2003

Local authorities have signed what’s being heralded as an historic agreement with the Education Secretary, Charles Clarke, to work in partnership to achieve better educational outcomes for children and young people. Both parties have set out their commitment to a vision of an education system in which every child is accorded equal worth and achieves their full potential.Charles Clarke said the agreement, with the Local Government Association, marked a new commitment to dialogue and genuine partnership between the Department for Education and Skills and local education authorities. The LGA chair, Sir Jeremy Beecham, said it represented a breakthrough in the relationship between the two sides at a crucial point in the ongoing discussions on education funding.

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LOCAL GOVERNMENT SCRUTINY OF HEALTH

Abstracts, PublicNet: 24 July, 2003

By Lucy Hamer,This report gives eighteen case studies of local authorities’ emerging approaches to health overview and scrutiny to demonstrate how the new power to tackle health inequalities is being used. . It summarises the main challenges identified in taking forward health scrutiny and gives ideas for action. The case studies present a mixture of types of authorities at different stages in their health scrutiny work, from different parts of the country. It describes the main challenges for local authorities and NHS bodies including organising scrutiny across different authorities and boundaries, developing members’ health scrutiny roles and involving communities. It also outlines the cultural change required by all partners to make scrutiny a positive and constructive process of review.

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