Archives for January 9th, 2004

DISABLED PEOPLE AND THE INTERNET

Features, PublicNet: 9 January, 2004

By Doria Pilling, Paul Barrett and Mike Floyd The Internet can give disabled people a sense of achievement, and in some cases independence, but it also has the potential to increase social exclusion. The authors present the views of disabled Internet users and of non users on support currently available and barriers to greater use.



COMMITTEE CRITICISES SCOTTISH LEARNING ACCOUNTS SCHEME

Headlines, PublicNet: 9 January, 2004

The Scottish Parliament’s Audit Committee has criticised a high profile scheme to increase the numbers of people accessing learning as being “fundamentally flawed”. The Scottish Executive closed the Individual Learning Accounts scheme in December 2001 following allegations of financial irregularity and fraud in relation to claims from some learning providers.The committee’s response to the Auditor General for Scotland’s report “Individual Learning Accounts in Scotland” concluded that as a result of errors and failings, an estimated 1.2 million pounds of taxpayers’ money had been paid to cover claims that were either irregular or fraudulent.

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NEW EMPLOYERS’ GROUP FOR NHS

Headlines, PublicNet: 9 January, 2004

A new Employers’ Organisation is to be established for the National Health Service as part of an ongoing change management programme. The new organisation, to be run by the NHS Confederation, will be the authoritative voice for the service on employment and human resources issues.Its main responsibilities will be to draw together the views of health service employers on how to implement policy frameworks and then to represent those views nationally. It will also support the implementation and delivery of Agenda for Change and new contracts.

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