Archives for July 20th, 2004

NATIONAL HEALTHY SCHOOL STANDARD AND NEIGHBOURHOOD RENEWAL

Abstracts, PublicNet: 20 July, 2004

This briefing highlights the common objectives and opportunities for joint working between the National Healthy School Standard (NHSS) and neighbourhood renewal, with a particular focus on practical suggestions for partnership working and outputs at regional, local and neighbourhood levels. The NHSS aims to support schools in the process of becoming healthier, more effective and socially inclusive organisations. In England every local education authority and primary care trust is involved in an accredited partnership providing this support to schools.The National Strategy Action Plan, launched in 2001, represents a major shift in approach, away from regeneration programmes shoring up poor public services in only a few areas towards ensuring high quality public services in all neighbourhoods. The strategy focuses on five themes: improving health, education, housing and the physical environment, and reducing crime and unemployment.

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SURVEY SHOWS COUNCILS DESTROYING FEWER DOGS

Headlines, PublicNet: 20 July, 2004

Local councils across the country are destroying an average of a dog an hour according to new figures from Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity. Its research shows that almost 10,000 dogs were put down last year simply because councils could not trace their owners and new homes could not be found for them.The survey results, compiled by NOP World, also show that local authorities picked up more than 105,000 stray dogs last year, which means there is a stray dog for every 557 people in the UK. The number of strays is, though, down 5 per cent on the previous year’s figures with the number of dogs destroyed also falling by 2 per cent.

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LOCAL PEOPLE HELPING SHAPE FUTURE POLICIES

Headlines, PublicNet: 20 July, 2004

More than a thousand local people and front line workers from public sector agencies have been involved in Britain’s first Social Enterprise Zone. A report today says it has not only brought together local residents and staff to find innovative solutions to problems in London’s East End but has also influenced national policy.The SEZ in the Forest Gate and Plaistow areas of Newham was created six years ago to help community services in similar ways to those which operate in Business Enterprise Zones, where designated areas are freed from rules and regulations thought to be obstructing local economic growth.

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