Archives for August 11th, 2003

INTEGRATING ACTION LOCALLY: A TOOLKIT FOR PARTNERSHIPS

Book News, PublicNet: 11 August, 2003

By J Keech and S WilksThis toolkit documents part of the continuing progress by Shropshire Health Authority and Telford & Wrekin Council towards integrated action on health inequalities in Telford and Wrekin during 1999/2000. As emphasis continued to be placed on the development of partnerships as a way towards reducing health inequalities the councils began to consider the practical help required to ensure that partnership working forms the mainstream work of all partner agencies.

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SETTLING OUT OF COURT IS THE CHEAPER OPTION

Headlines, PublicNet: 11 August, 2003

Central Departments and Agencies were urged in 2001 by the Lord Chancellor’s Department, now the Department for Constitutional Affairs, to settle disputes arising from procurement contracts out of court wherever possible. In the last year over 600 disputes were settled in this way with an almost 90% success rate. The saving is put at 600 million pounds.Departments now include alternative dispute resolution clauses in standard procurement contracts. They are also taking forward programmes of skills and awareness training, underpinned by the work of a sub-group of the Government Legal Service. The aim is to embed alternative dispute resolution in the culture.

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BOOST FOR SOCIAL ENTERPRISE IN WALES

Headlines, PublicNet: 11 August, 2003

The Welsh Assembly plans to boost social enterprise across Wales to foster social inclusion. The Assembly believes that social businesses are under rated and under represented in influencing Government policy and public awareness. It also believes that high street banks and other potential funders have a poor understanding of their values and abilities.Edwina Hart, minister for social justice and regeneration, has launched a consultation in collaboration with Assembly Members, the Social Economy Network and Wales Council for Voluntary Action. The consultation will seek views on the role social enterprise might play in providing public services, particularly traditional welfare services that have previously gone to local authorities. Currently the social economy numbers some 30,000 organisations, it employs about 23,000 paid staff and provides a turnover of 630 million pounds.

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