Archives for April 11th, 2005

MAKING IT HAPPEN IN NEIGHBOURHOODS

Abstracts, PublicNet: 11 April, 2005

This report published by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister looks at change and successes against the aims set out in the national Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy, and also sets out ideas for taking forward the next phase of action. The Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy launched in 2001 contributes to the objective that within 10-20 years no one should be disadvantaged by where they live.The strategy aims to close the gap between the disadvantaged areas and the rest.The report shows progress in closing the disadvantaged areas gap. Key improvements include raising the average pass rate for five good GCSEs, increasing employment, reducing teenage pregnancy, burglary, robbery and vehicle crime. The improvements have been achieved in a number of ways including directly empowering local communities to identify and prioritise the problems of their areas and helping them to work with service delivers to provide solutions. Other measures include working with Whitehall departments to help them focus their attention more closely on tackling the problems of disadvantaged areas, and supporting Local Strategic Partnerships in identifying and prioritising the problems in the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods.

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NEW NHS INFORMATION CENTRE TO STREAMLINE DATA COLLECTION

Headlines, PublicNet: 11 April, 2005

Front-line staff in the National Health Service are expected to benefit from the new Health and Social Care Information Centre, which has come into being this month. The Centre has been set up to co-ordinate and streamline the collection and sharing of data about Health and Social Care.The new body also plans to be the central point for anyone needing information, including patients as well as clinicians, managers and regulators. The Information Centre is also reviewing how information is collated and managed centrally.

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CONFERENCE STUDIES SHAPE OF SCOTTISH PUBLIC SERVICES

Headlines, PublicNet: 11 April, 2005

A conference in Scotland this week will focus on the future shape of public services in the country. The annual event organised by the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities will take “Promoting Localism – Resisting Centralism” as its theme.The former Northern Ireland Secretary Mo Mowlam and Scotland’s Finance Minister Tom McCabe will join COSLA’s President Pat Watters as keynote speakers at the conference in St Andrews from Wednesday to Friday.

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