Archives for August 17th, 2004

PROGRAMME GUIDE – EGOV TV

Abstracts, PublicNet: 17 August, 2004

Four new case studies demonstrating the operational and service delivery benefits achieved by Local Authorities using latest generation of ICT infrastructure are now available.Flintshire County Council discuss their investment in infrastructure and how beneficiaries of their Broadband roll out extends to schools, libraries and youth centres. With Omnetica.

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CHANGING CAREER PATH FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT FINANCE

Headlines, PublicNet: 17 August, 2004

Almost eight out of ten finance departments in local government are seeing a move away from the ‘job for life’ culture. Although a quarter of departments surveyed by Hays Accountancy & Finance Public Services reported the average length of service to be ten years or more, more than a third said that the average was now less than five years. The results suggest the emergence of an increasingly flexible workforce where the ‘job for life’ is exchanged for a career path that may include roles in a number of public service sectors and the private sector.The increasingly transient workforce that this report identifies suggests new recruitment and retention challenges. Some 54% of respondents foresee increasing difficulty in attracting younger recruits into public service, while 61% predict a more acute skills shortage. Despite this, the research revealed that 64% of local government finance departments do not currently monitor age profile and 82% have no formal succession planning in place. Respondents also scored badly overall on structured career progression – only 54% currently offering formal career plans or continuous professional development – which is likely to be increasingly important to retain staff.

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CONCERN THAT INFORMATION SHARING COULD ENDANGER PRIVACY

Headlines, PublicNet: 17 August, 2004

Sharing information between different arms of government could endanger individual privacy. This is the concern of the Information Commissioner, Richard Thomas. The major project which will allow the state to monitor individual citizens is the National Identity Card scheme. Other schemes that will contribute to building up individual profiles are the UK Population Register under development by the Office for National Statistics and the Department for Education and Skills database of all children from birth to adulthood proposed in the Childrens Bill.Richard Thomas said: “I also have concerns in relation to the wide range of bodies who can view the record of what services individuals have used. This will enable the Government and others to build up a comprehensive picture of how we live our lives. However, individuals will not know which bodies have been accessing their personal information because the draft (Identify Card) bill removes the right to see their own information. I have asked the Government to reinstate this fundamental data protection right.”

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