Archives for August 24th, 2004

COMMUNICATING COMMUNITY SAFETY INITIATIVES

Abstracts, PublicNet: 24 August, 2004

As a result of the Crime and Disorder Act local authorities need to consider crime and community safety in most decisions they make. This module looks at how to communicate council initiatives on community safety. It includes tips and useful resources for putting together a communication strategy aimed at different target groups, some key facts and figures on how important crime and the fear of crime are as issues for local residents, and advice on achieving effective crime reduction by communicating in partnership with other organisations. It also gives a range of case study examples of different campaigns aimed at tackling various parts of a crime prevention strategy.Available from Home Office Communication Strategy Unit, on 020 7273 4268.

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CALL TO END ‘OUTDATED’ BAR POLITICAL INVOLVEMENT FOR COUNCIL STAFF

Headlines, PublicNet: 24 August, 2004

Current restrictions on local council employees playing an active part in politics are excessive and need to be reviewed according to the local democracy think tank the Local Government Information Unit. It has produced a new pamphlet called “Barred From Politics”, as part of its campaign to modernise the legislation.The publication sets out a case for less draconian rules and comes as the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has promised a consultation paper on reforming the restrictions, which were introduced in the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.

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SWINDON PLAYS PART IN DESIGN CODE PILOT

Headlines, PublicNet: 24 August, 2004

The Swindon Southern Development Area is to help pilot the government’s Urban Design Coding Programme. A code is a set of specific rules or requirements set out to guide the physical development of an area and the SDA will help test whether coding at a national level can accelerate the delivery of well-built and well-designed homes for local communities.The code aims to provide clarity about acceptable design quality for developers and local communities and should speed up high quality building schemes. Developing the code will be a joint process and local people in Swindon will be involved with other stakeholders with a consultation programme being run in the community.

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