Archives for August 23rd, 2005

FROM SICKNESS TO HEALTH? PUBLIC HEALTH IN ENGLAND

Abstracts, PublicNet: 23 August, 2005

Rob BaggottPublic health is currently high on the political agenda, perhaps at its most prominent for a generation. Yet various policy initiatives to improve public health have been regarded as unsuccessful, while the National Health Service is still seen as a ‘sickness service’. This article explores the development of public health policy in England and asks whether it is likely to become a key driver of policy and service provision in the future.

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PUBLIC SECTOR STAFF URGED TO JOIN CHARITY BOARDS

Headlines, PublicNet: 23 August, 2005

Experienced public sector staff are being urged to become charity trustees. Research has shown that half of the UK’s 190,000 charities admit to problems in recruiting trustees and as a result the volunteering charity TimeBank and the Charity Commission have launched the ‘Get on Board’ campaign to inspire more skilled and professional people to put themselves forward.The bodies believe that charities are crying out for more diverse boards of trustees and that the expertise of more Civil Service or public sector professionals would make a significant impact on their effectiveness. TimeBank says such professionals could help charities to develop more efficient systems as well as sharing their knowledge of grant application processes and their useful public sector contacts.

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FIGURES SUPPORT CALL FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO STAY IN EDUCATION

Headlines, PublicNet: 23 August, 2005

In the week that will see thousands of young people receiving their GCSE results, a new study shows that they could see their lifetime earnings increase by up to 4,000 pounds a year but only if they stay in education and training.The figures published today by the Learning and Skills Council come with a reminder that many young people can now continue their learning with the support of an Education Maintenance Allowance. The statistics show that staying on after GCSEs to gain A-levels, GNVQ level 3s or just to retake subjects at GCSE level can increase a person’s earning power by up 4,000 pounds a year – 24 per cent more than someone who leaves education.

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