Archives for November 5th, 2003

THE COURAGEOUS FOLLOWER

Book News, PublicNet: 5 November, 2003

By Ira ChaleffFor anyone who works closely with a leader of any kind the book is a comprehensive guide for positively influencing that relationship and helping the leader use power wisely to accomplish the organization’s purpose. Leaders will depend more than ever on followers who implement their vision while helping them stay true to cherished values. The book is a resource for enriching the partnership between leaders and followers. Topics include the dilemma of government agencies seeking to balance the needs of individual freedom and public security.

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PARTNERSHIP FIGHTS INSURANCE FRAUD IN PUBLIC SECTOR

Headlines, PublicNet: 5 November, 2003

The London Public Sector Partnership is helping public bodies to find different ways to combat fraudulent insurance claims. The Partnership includes local authorities, the police, the Serious Fraud Office and Zurich Municipal, a leading provider of risk management and insurance solutions to Britain’s public services.Fraudulent insurance claims have increased substantially since the introduction of the “no win, no fee” procedures. There is particular concern about the claims made against local councils. A survey found that nearly 7% of the British adult population had at some time committed insurance fraud, representing around 3.3 million people. In addition, 47% of adults (or 22.4 million adults) would not rule out the possibility of making an exaggerated claim in the future.

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BLUNKETT CALLS FOR RADICAL RE-THINK OF POLICE GOVERNANCE

Headlines, PublicNet: 5 November, 2003

Police authorities, responsible for the strategic direction of police forces, are failing to connect with the public and Home Secretary David Blunkett wants views on options for replacing them. Police governance is one of the issues discussed in a consultation paper – “Policing: Building Safer Communities Together”. The paper sets out a broad vision of a modernised, representative, more responsive, local police service.Police authorities are made up from local councillors, magistrates and independent members. Home Office research undertaken with the Association of Police Authorities revealed that the public does not have a say in decisions about policing and that people want better communication, information and involvement. The vast majority of people involved in the research had not heard of police authorities. The few that had heard of them generally didn’t know what they were or what their role was. And the research found that about three quarters of police authorities relied on old style consultative public meetings as their principal formal consultation mechanism with communities, despite none considering them to be very effective.

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