Archives for September 30th, 2004

NEIGHBOURHOOD RENEWAL – PROGRESS REPORT

Abstracts, PublicNet: 30 September, 2004

This report sets out the progress Local Strategic Partnerships have made in Neighbourhood Renewal Fund areas. The Partnerships have a strategic role to integrate the requirements and targets of national agencies and Government departments in taking forward renewal, regeneration, social exclusion, and productivity.Partnerships have made particular progress in developing as strategic agencies and they have established visions reflecting the critical elements of the National Strategy for neighbourhood renewal. They have also been successful in attracting a broad range of representation and in developing and delivering a wide variety of joint projects embracing the importance of learning and development.

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NEW UNIT HELPS SCOTTISH POLICE FORCES FIND SAVINGS

Headlines, PublicNet: 30 September, 2004

A new Business Benefits Unit is to be set up by Chief Police Officers in Scotland and the Scottish Executive to help forces improve their efficiency and to ensure that finances are concentrated on frontline policing by doing away with red tape.The new unit will look for savings in back-office functions such as IT and payroll, and advise forces on how to minimise bureaucracy to squeeze best value out of their procedures. A pilot scheme to improve the way police vehicles are bought and maintained has already begun and is expected to lead to savings of 200,000 pounds a year.

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CHARITY CALLS FOR GREATER PROGRESS ON MENTAL HEALTH STANDARDS

Headlines, PublicNet: 30 September, 2004

The government’s comprehensive plan to improve mental health services needs major acceleration if its aspirations are to be met. That is the conclusion of a review by Mind, the leading mental health charity, of the progress of the National Service Framework for Mental Health as it marks its fifth anniversary.The NSF programme was set out in 1999 and laid down models of treatment and care that people would be entitled to expect in every part of the country. Five years on, Mind believes the framework has led to some improvements but says other equally important areas are still not being met. Overall, in a report published today, Mind finds unsatisfactory progress in six of seven standards.

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