Archives for August 19th, 2005

INNOVATION FORUM INFORMATION PACK

Abstracts, PublicNet: 19 August, 2005

The Innovation Forum was created to promote dialogue between central and local government and its partners, on new ways of working to deliver better services to local communities. The Forum is ‘jointly owned’ by central Government and the councils with excellent CPA scores and it seeks to develop, explore and test new ways of working to deliver improved outcomes for local people.The Forum brings together local authorities and their partners with Government Ministers and their officials. It is facilitated by the ODPM and LGA who help to co-ordinate the respective interests of Government and local authorities, to shape the Forum’s work programme and processes and to link the work of the Forum to other Government initiatives and areas of policy. The current programme covers early years and school improvement; community safety; reducing hospital admissions for older people; and integrated public services.

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CALL FOR GREATER EFFORT TO PROMOTE IT LITERACY

Headlines, PublicNet: 19 August, 2005

Living without the Internet is increasingly becoming a luxury. According to research by UKOnline Centres everyday transactions, such as buying a video, paying the gas bill and reading newspapers could yield savings of up to 283 pounds per year, if carried out online. Hairnet, the not-for-profit organization which seeks to bring IT literacy, via appropriate training, to those who might not otherwise find access easy, has called on public bodies to tackle more firmly the issue of IT literacy of customers such as residents, tenants and service-user.Hairnet argues that there is a fundamental need to help people to build their capacity to use IT to live their lives as independently as possible and to participate effectively in their own life and work, that of their family, community and the wider world. There is also the issue of the speed of development of new technology and the need to keep people alive to new developments so that customers can benefit from them in a timely way.

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WATCHDOG RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CARE HOMES ACCEPTED BY GOVERNMENT

Headlines, PublicNet: 19 August, 2005

Recommendations by the Office of Fair Trading, which aim to improve the experience for older people and their families when they choose to live in care homes, have been accepted by the Government. The recommendations result from a study which was prompted by a complaint in 2003 from the Social Policy Ageing Information Network, whose members include Age Concern, Help the Aged, The Association of Charity Officers, and the Alzheimer’s Society.The OFT found that older people and their representatives face significant problems in finding information about moving into a care home, often at a time of difficult and distressing circumstances. The recommendation that there should be a single information point for information has been accepted and a central one-stop-shop will be set up to provide clear and comprehensive information to help people choose care for themselves or relatives. The shop will be part of DirectGov.

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