Archives for December 11th, 2003

LOCALISING THE NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE

Book News, PublicNet: 11 December, 2003

By Rt Hon John Reid MP, Secretary of State for Health.In this pamphlet, Rt Hon John Reid MP, Secretary of State for Health explains why for more than 50 years an emphasis on uniform national service provision in health – and elsewhere – has sold many people short and not led to greater equity. Localising the National Health Service also considers how an increased sense of local identity is feeding expectations about the local bodies that deliver public services, be they Town Hall, school or hospital. In outlining specific proposals for increased local ‘ownership’ of health care, the Health Secretary makes his case for establishing a more localised national health service – locally driven, locally responsive and locally accountable.

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REPORT ASSESSES IMPACT OF ICT IN SCHOOLS

Headlines, PublicNet: 11 December, 2003

The use of new technologies in the classroom has highlighted the desire of schools to develop links with industry and others in the community. A new study has also found that students enjoy using new technologies and recognise the ‘real life relevance’ of using them.The research, conducted by the National Foundation for Educational Research, set out to assess to what extent schools have embraced new technologies and how information and communications technology was being used in the classroom by teachers and students to enhance teaching and learning.

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WELCOME FOR EXTRA CASH FOR COUNCILS

Headlines, PublicNet: 11 December, 2003

New money for local councils, announced in the Chancellor’s pre-Budget statement, may not be enough to prevent above-inflation council tax rises in many areas, but it will certainly help, according to the Local Government Association. Reacting to Gordon Brown’s plans it said the extra funding was welcome for councils grappling with the choice between pushing up council tax or cutting vital services.Mr. Brown announced around 340 million pounds of new cash to help councils with next year’s spending on key services and their council tax dilemmas. The money is in addition to the 420 million pounds promised last month by Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott in the local government funding settlement, following lobbying by the LGA for extra cash to meet cost pressures and new responsibilities.

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