Archives for May 23rd, 2005

WHO’S WHO? NATIONAL AND REGIONAL IMPROVEMENT BODIES

Abstracts, PublicNet: 23 May, 2005

The Improvement and Development Agency has devised an on-line Guide to who’s who in improving public services. The Guide allows users to cut through the tangled web of organisations and get reasonably close to the help that is being sought. The task of tracking down who to get in touch with is simplified by providing different access routes.It is possible to start the search by looking for the target organisation by the role it plays, such as auditing and inspecting, leadership skills, people management or procurement. Another approach is to search by looking for organisations that specialise in working together and these are subdivided into national bodies and regional and sub-regional improvement partnerships. There is also a section on who’s who in improving services at regional level. Finally there is an A -Z or organisations from Audit Commission to Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers (SOLACE).

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CALL TO SPEED UP MOVE TO TELEPHONE VOTING

Headlines, PublicNet: 23 May, 2005

There is a new call for a faster move to telephone voting in order to make voting more easily accessible to the wider electorate. It has come from Damovo UK, a leading communications solutions and services provider for the public sector in its response to Electoral Commission proposals for voting reforms.The Commission looked into reforms following concerns over postal voting fraud. Its report “Securing the vote,” outlines suggestions for improving registration processes and guarding against fraud. It also says multi-channel voting, including the use of the telephone and the Internet may, in time, replace traditional paper-based voting. This, it says, will follow improvements in the security and reliability of the current system.

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PUTTING THE FACTS ON OBSTACLES TO PUBLIC SERVICE

Headlines, PublicNet: 23 May, 2005

The Local Government Information Unit is stepping up its efforts to get rid of the barriers, which it believes prevent many people from being active in local public service. It has launched two new factsheets in its Perilous Democracy campaign.The first – ‘Don’t make allowances. Let’s reward our councillors’ – puts the case for a better and more consistent system of allowances for councillors to encourage more people from different backgrounds to put themselves forward as councillors and to enable those who are elected to devote more time to the role. It calls, too, for fairer treatment of councillors in the tax and benefit system, more support for them in their caring duties and more consistent IT support within local authorities to enable elected members to be most effective in a modern information society.

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