Archives for May 21st, 2004

WARNING OVER RISE IN DUMPED CARS

Headlines, PublicNet: 21 May, 2004

The number of vehicles abandoned in England and Wales has gone up by almost a third in the last three years and local government leaders are warning that it is set to rise even further. Research from the Local Government Association says the increase is the equivalent of an average rise of 22 per cent in illegal car dumping for each local council.The figures show an overall increase of 28 per cent in the number of dumped cars from the year 2000 -2001 to 2002-2003. Urban communities are the worst hit and the London boroughs had the highest average number of abandoned vehicles reported put at 6,589 per authority. The average for district councils was 1,060. In the same three-year period, the cost to councils of dealing with abandoned vehicles rose by a quarter from just over 27 million pounds to almost 34 million. The LGA is predicting that the problem will get worse because of the increased costs of treatment and disposal of unwanted cars brought about by the EU directive on End of Life Vehicles.

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CALL FOR CLEARER LINKS BETWEEN ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS AND POVERTY

Headlines, PublicNet: 21 May, 2004

Politicians and environmental campaigners would win wider public support if they were more effective at linking environmental issues to poverty and ill health, according to a new report today. The Institute for Public Policy Research says rather than thinking there are votes in rare birds or pandas, environmentalists should be making the connection between poverty, pollution and the quality of local environments.The research says industrial sites are disproportionately located in deprived areas and children living in those areas are five times more likely to be killed by a car. The report shows lack of access to clean air and green spaces can often exacerbate respiratory diseases, like asthma, and other health problems such as obesity, for people living in deprived communities.

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BEYOND ELECTRONIC DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT

Features, PublicNet: 21 May, 2004

Lindsay Dransfield Many public bodies are introducing electronic document management systems and this will justify a tick in the box towards the 2005 target of electronic service delivery. These systems are a temporary fix that continue to cause end-user frustration because they do not address the problems of internal processes. The author describes how document management technology can deliver when it is integrated with a workflow infrastructure, because it is about meeting the needs of tomorrow as well as those of today.

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