Archives for November 18th, 2003

GOVERNANCE IN PARTNERSHIPS

Book News, PublicNet: 18 November, 2003

This checklist of good practice describes the elements of governance and lists issues that partnerships may consider in determining whether their processes for decision-making and accountability are transparent and robust. The checklist was developed by a working group comprising representatives from the Department of Health, Health Action Zones, District Audit and Merseyside Internal Audit, in the context of increasing government emphasis on the need for a more joined-up, holistic approach to social issues.The document is intended as an aide memoire to help partnerships address key governance issues that can arise. The issues are described as: leadership, planning, reporting performance, decision making, standards of conduct, financial arrangements, consultation, communication, appointment of staff, complaints, legality, and audit. Tables provide cross-references to supporting issues highlighting strategic policy-making and operational structures, partnership leader responsibilities, planning guidance, performance management, decision-making, partnership agreement, personnel policy, and good practice protocol. Appendices provide a list of members of the Health Action Zone governance working group, and examples of partnership in the UK.

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CALL FOR CLOSER WORKING IN PUBLIC SECTOR TO BOOST HEALTH

Headlines, PublicNet: 18 November, 2003

Councils, the National Health Service and other public sector partners need to work closely to reduce health inequalities and cut preventable diseases, according to a joint response to the Wanless Review on ‘Securing Good Health For The Whole Population’.The recommendation has come from the Local Government Association, the Faculty of Public Health, the NHS Confederation, the UK Public Health Association and the Association of Public Health Observatories. Together they argue that public health is not the prerogative of the NHS or any other single part of the public sector.

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BUSINESS GROWTH SCHEME COULD MEAN EXTRA MILLIONS FOR COUNCILS

Headlines, PublicNet: 18 November, 2003

The Treasury has set out a series of measures designed to enable local authorities to promote economic development, create jobs and support business. The package has been developed to give councils a bigger role in economic development and to offer them greater incentives to promote enterprise.They were announced by the Economic Secretary to the Treasury, John Healey, and Chief Economic Adviser Ed Balls at the opening of the Local Government Association’s Economic Regeneration Conference in Manchester. They said that following a positive response to an earlier consultation, it was now planned to proceed with the Local Authority Business Growth scheme in the Pre-Budget Report on December 10th with a view to publishing the full details in next year’s Budget 2004 and introducing the scheme in 2005.

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