Archives for April 14th, 2005

EVALUATION OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT MODERNISATION AGENDA

Abstracts, PublicNet: 14 April, 2005

This progress report on service improvement in Local Government was commissioned by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. Evidence suggests that overall there have been significant improvements in most services since 2000/2001. The ODPM’s basket of indicators indicates that overall performance improved by 12.5% between 2000-2001 and 2003-2004. They show improvement across all authority types, all Comprehensive Performance Assessment categories and most services. There are large variations between services, with the greatest overall improvements in culture and waste management services. Performance has been improving, particularly among the poorest performers. 60% of upper tier and unitary councils moved up one or more CPA categories between 2002 and 2004.Public satisfaction with the overall performance of local authorities remains low compared to most other public service providers and has declined in recent years. User satisfaction Best Value surveys indicate that there was a decrease from 65% to 55% between 2000/01 and 2003/04. Fewer than half of residents believe that local authorities are efficient or provide good value for money, but net satisfaction with the overall quality of services is higher, particularly among service users.

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STUDY COUNTS COSTS OF LOCAL E-GOVERNMENT

Headlines, PublicNet: 14 April, 2005

Local councils in England will spend a total of 3.9 billion pounds on implementing e-government between the financial years 2001-02 and 2007-8, according to new research. The costs rise to more than four billion over the seven-year period if spending by authorities in Scotland and Wales is included.The latest guide from Kable the market intelligence services company – “Implementing Electronic Government 4”- says these figures equate to an average annual spend of 570 million pounds or 26 pounds a year for seven years for each of the nearly 22 million council tax banded households in England. The cost per home is set against the average annual council tax bill this year of just over 950 pounds.

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‘SUMMIT’ TO LOOK AT PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS TO HOSPITAL INFECTIONS

Headlines, PublicNet: 14 April, 2005

Experts from across the National Health Service and beyond will come together in London today for what’s being billed as the first ‘Clean Hospitals Summit.’ The two-day event is being staged by the Patients’ Association to look for ways of dealing with the so-called super bug, MRSA, and other infections.The summit will be a combined conference and exhibition, bringing together delegates from all areas of the health service and industry as well as concerned public organisations. It aims to establish real and practical solutions to hospital-acquired infections.

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