Archives for April 5th, 2005

THE ELECTED MAYOR AND LOCAL LEADERSHIP

Abstracts, PublicNet: 5 April, 2005

By John Fenwick and Howard ElcockThis article examines the new leadership role of the English elected mayor. The authors suggest that the management and governance of the local authority is subject to significant change within the mayoral system, and that elected mayors represent a form of strong political management which is essentially new within English local government. The authors discuss the prospects for the future of the executive mayor, and suggest potential areas for further research, including succession planning in mayoral authorities, the nature of the first mayoral re-election campaigns outside London, and the possible growth of this form of local leadership.

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BIG SAVINGS EXPECTED FROM IT PROCUREMENT AGREEMENT

Headlines, PublicNet: 5 April, 2005

A new agreement reached by the Government purchasing agency, OGCbuying.solutions, is expected to lead to value-for-money savings of 15 million pounds in public sector IT costs. The agency has signed a new Memorandum of Understanding with United States based software suppliers BEA Systems Inc.The memorandum will run for a period of three years and will offer government buyers the chance to buy software products, licences and support services at specially discounted prices. The memorandum is open to all parts of the public sector. It is one of a number of initiatives from OGCbuying.solutions to support the sector in its efforts to meet recently announced efficiency review targets.

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NEW GUIDANCE ON SPECIAL SCHOOL STANDARDS

Headlines, PublicNet: 5 April, 2005

Local Education Authorities will have to meet new standards in special school buildings and facilities for special educational provision in mainstream schools. They have been set out in new draft guidance published by the Government as it announced that an extra 66 million pounds is being made available to improve the buildings.

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