Archives for December 9th, 2004

REASSURANCE POLICING

Abstracts, PublicNet: 9 December, 2004

This report from the Home Office looks at the local management of community safety involving the police working with other statutory agencies and with members of the community. Public concerns and fears about crime persist even though levels of crime have fallen. The report provides evidence of what can be done to provide greater reassurance about public safety. It describes how working together can make a difference in public engagement, safety and security, satisfaction with and confidence in the policing provided. It also sets out a model of effective partnership which will be of value to the development of both the National Reassurance Policing Programme being undertaken by eight police forces and, more widely, local police and their partners engaged in neighbourhood policing.The report is available at: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs04/hors288.pdf

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LOCAL AND CENTRAL GOVERNMENT AGREE PARTNERSHIP ON HEALTH AND SAFETY

Headlines, PublicNet: 9 December, 2004

A high level agreement has been reached that will see central and local government working in closer partnership in the field of Health and Safety. The arrangement has been made jointly by the Health and Safety Commission, the Health and Safety Executive and associations representing local authority interests.The joint approach was unveiled at the annual conference of the Health and Safety Executive and the Local Authority Enforcement Liaison Committee and centres on building a new partnership to deliver health and safety enforcement.

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NOT ALL RED TAPE IS BAD SAY VOLUNTARY GROUPS

Headlines, PublicNet: 9 December, 2004

Organisations in the voluntary sector that provide public services welcome regulation, if it is effective, flexible and not overly bureaucratic, according to a new report.The study commissioned by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, says that in areas like provision of supported housing, day care for children and residential care, those charities that were interviewed or that took part in discussion groups said regulation promoted public confidence, protected service users and helped the organisations to secure funding and raise staff morale.

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