Archives for December 1st, 2004

POVERTY RISING FOR CHILDLESS ADULTS

Headlines, PublicNet: 1 December, 2004

Poverty is declining and fewer British families and pensioners are living on low incomes but new research shows that the number of childless working-age adults now below the poverty line has increased.The findings are published today by the New Policy Institute for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, in “Monitoring poverty and social exclusion 2004”, which takes stock of 50 different indicators including income, employment, education, health, housing and crime. Today’s results show improvements over the past five to six years on 18 of the indicators. Eight show the position getting worse.

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CALL FOR GOVERNMENT HONESTY ON CHILDCARE STRATEGY

Headlines, PublicNet: 1 December, 2004

The government is accused today of misinterpreting the research that underpins its latest childcare strategy, plans for which will be revealed tomorrow in the Chancellor’s Pre-Budget Report.Gordon Brown is expected to give details of a ten-year policy with big increases in spending on day nurseries and childminder places. That is likely to mean more children going to day care at an earlier age but the Centre for Policy Studies is questioning the thinking behind the proposals.

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JOINT HEALTH SCRUTINY COMMITTEES

Book News, PublicNet: 1 December, 2004

This booklet, published by the Centre for Public Scrutiny, was written to help with complex situations resulting from local councils joining up to scrutinise a regional health issue or to respond to consultations from the NHS about major changes to health services. It sets out the challenges committees face and it provides practical guidance about how these joint committees can work most effectively. As well as highlighting effective practice for the committees themselves, the publication carries key messages for NHS partners about the need to share reconfiguration plans and background information at an early stage.The publication will be available from 3 December 2004 at: www.cfps.org.uk/health

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