Archives for August 12th, 2005

EFFICIENCY GUIDANCE

Abstracts, PublicNet: 12 August, 2005

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has produced a series of Voluntary Toolkits for service sectors and crosscutting workstreams. They are intended to help identify areas where local authorities might be able to make efficiency gains and they describe how they could be measured. The toolkits cover the areas of: procurement, process transactions, corporate services, supporting people, social housing and productive time. Calculators are also available for low value efficiency and absence cost.The toolkits are available at: http://www.rcoe.gov.uk/rce/core/page.do?pageId=10106

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CALL FOR PUBLIC SPENDING TO PROMOTE LOCAL DEVELOPMENT

Headlines, PublicNet: 12 August, 2005

Nef, the independent think-and-do tank that challenges mainstream thinking on economic, environmental and social issues, has called for more public spending to be directed at developing local economies. It sets out ways in which the public sector can use its purchasing power to deliver local economic development.The UK public sector spends 125 billion pounds per year on delivering goods and services and if just 10 per cent more of spending was directed into the country’s most disadvantaged areas, this would amount to 12.5 billion pounds of income in one year. This amount is more than 17 times the UK’s annual spending on regeneration, which is 725 million pounds. Public bodies including local authorities, hospitals, and schools can deliver both regeneration and savings targets by developing solutions to local problems that promote local economic linkages.

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MORE KEY WORKERS TO SHARE IN EXPANDED HOME BUY SCHEME

Headlines, PublicNet: 12 August, 2005

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has announced a new ‘HomeBuy’ scheme which will benefit a wider range of key public sector workers and at the same time provide a greater number of affordable homes. The scheme as well as benefiting key workers, also includes some first time buyers and those living in social housing. The total package aims to help 100,000 households to own their own home by 2010.The Key Worker Living scheme will operate in the London, South East and Eastern regions. The definition of who qualifies as a key worker has been widened and now includes all clinical NHS staff, teachers in schools and further education, police officers and community support officers, uniformed staff in Fire and Rescue Services, prison and probation service staff, social workers, occupational therapists, educational psychologists, speech and language therapists, qualified nursery nurses, local authority employed clinical staff and local authority planners.

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