Archives for November 22nd, 2004

JOB SEEKERS GET A NEW DEAL

Headlines, PublicNet: 22 November, 2004

The New Deal programme for helping the unemployed into work has been revamped and the highly structured route to employment replaced with a ‘pick and mix’ approach to suit the needs of individual jobseekers. The new approach will reduce complexity and give more flexibility to customers and staff.The New Deal was launched in 1998 for those aged 18-24 who had been claiming Jobseekers Allowance for at least 6 months. Eligibility has been extended over the years to effectively remove the age limit. In addition particular groups of people such as ex offenders, refugees, homeless people and people with addiction problems can join on a voluntary basis.

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SPEARHEAD GROUP TO TACKLE HEALTH INEQUALITY

Headlines, PublicNet: 22 November, 2004

Eighty eight primary care trusts, covering seventy local council areas, have been included in the ‘Spearhead’ group to pilot initiatives such as health trainers and enhanced stop smoking services. Over a quarter of the population are covered by this group of trusts including large urban areas such as Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham and parts of London. The group were selected using information on deprivation, mortality from cancer and heart disease as well as life expectancy, to determine the areas that face the greatest health challenges.The aim of the Spearhead group will be to reduce the significant differences in the health of people in their areas, compared to the rest of the country. Department of Health targets have been set to narrow the geographical inequalities in life expectancy, cancer and heart disease mortality and they are focused on narrowing the gap between the average and the areas with the worst health and deprivation indicators by 2010.

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RURAL REGENERATION TOOLKIT

Book News, PublicNet: 22 November, 2004

Eight rural economy beacon councils have developed a best practice toolkit aimed at addressing regeneration priorities in rural communities. Designed to assist councils to work as facilitators for regeneration activities, the toolkit shows how new and enhanced services can be cost effectively provided in rural areas by working in partnership to deliver joined up solutions. It also gives local authorities practical advice on assessing their regeneration activities and learning from the beacons’ success. It draws extensively on a research study commissioned by DEFRA, the LGA, the Countryside Agency and the IDeA.The toolkit is available from Richard Greening at the IDeA on 020 7296 6824.

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