Archives for August 22nd, 2005

SMART COMMUNITIES: HOW CITIZENS AND LOCAL LEADERS CAN USE STRATEGIC THINKING

Book News, PublicNet: 22 August, 2005

TO BUILD A BRIGHTER FUTUREBy Suzanne W. Morse

Based on the results of more than a decade of research by the Pew Partnership for Civic Change, Smart Communities provides directions for strategic decision-making and outlines the key strategies used by thousands of leaders who have worked to create successful communities. Smart Communities offers leaders from both the public and private sectors the tools they need to create a better future for all the community’s citizens. Using illustrative examples from communities around the country, Smart Communities shows how these change agents’ well-structured decision-making processes can be traced to their effective use in leverage areas such as  working together, building on community strengths, practicing democracy and growing leaders.

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LYONS REVIEW TO EASE RECRUITMENT

Headlines, PublicNet: 22 August, 2005

The review by Sir Michael identified some 20,000 civil service jobs that could move out of London and the South East. Although lower accommodation and other costs were put forward as the reason for re-location, the move will have an impact on recruitment. A survey of pay levels from the GMB union shows a continuing disparity between London and the South East and the rest of the county. Organisations that move to a lower pay region will ease recruitment problems.The survey shows that the City of London is top of the national hourly earnings league where the gross average pay for full time workers is 28.20 pounds per hour. Bottom of the same league is Powys, Wales with an average hourly pay of 8.92 pounds per hour. There are only 3 other places, all in London, where average hourly pay exceeds 20.00 pounds per hour. These are Tower Hamlets 23.98, Islington 21.66 and City of Westminster 20.14.

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HEALTH SERVICE LISTENING CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED

Headlines, PublicNet: 22 August, 2005

The Department of Health has launched a campaign to get a wide section of views on improving community health and care services. The findings will be fed into a White Paper to be published at the end of the year. Although White Papers always take on views of those affected and with the shift to evidence based policy are increasingly based on research, it is unusual, if not unique, for such a widespread programme to be undertaken in this way. This approach is designed to fulfil the Department’s commitment to listening to and engaging with the public, patients and staff about what they think of the NHS and social care, and what changes they want to see in the future.More than 100,000 people will be invited to put forward their ideas. A national event for 1000 people to be held in Birmingham on 29th October will be preceded by regional events for up to 100 people. These events will be held in Gateshead, Leicester and London in September and in Plymouth in October. People unable to attend an event will be able to express their views via an online questionnaire. The public will also have the opportunity to take part in local sessions to be run by NHS, local government and voluntary organisations.

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