Archives for October 7th, 2005

YOUNG CARE LEAVERS

Features, PublicNet: 7 October, 2005

By Ravinder Barn, Linda Andrew and Nadia Mantovani Young people from some minority ethnic groups are disproportionately represented among those in public care. The authors looked at their subsequent life chances and experiences after leaving care. They concluded that local authority social services departments must actively seek to reduce disruption and instability to avoid social exclusion and accumulative disadvantage in the lives of young people.



COUNCILS TO PILOT RECYCLING INCENTIVES

Headlines, PublicNet: 7 October, 2005

Local authorities are to begin offering a series of incentives designed to persuade householders to recycle more of their rubbish. A total of 51 schemes around the country will include prize draws, cash rewards and support for communities as pilots to test the effectivenes of various approaches.The Government is hoping regular recyclers will be persuaded to do even more while people who simply throw away their waste will be persuaded to become more green. The schemes are being supported with 3.5 million pounds from Defra.Some schemes will involve incentives for individuals, ranging from payments to vouchers for local shops and leisure facilities. In other cases local councils will be trying out league tables, text messages and scratchcards. Schools and charities will also be encouraged to cash in on their efforts to recycle with whole communities also getting the chance to benefit in some areas with money being made available for local schemes and improvements.

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AGREEMENT BRINGS HOSPITAL STAFF PAY INTO LINE WITH AGENDA FOR CHANGE

Headlines, PublicNet: 7 October, 2005

An agreement has been reached that will mean thousands of National Health Service cleaners and porters as well as people employed in so-called “soft facilities management” services provided by contractors, will be brought into line with the NHS Agenda for Change pay deal. The full agreement comes into effect in a year’s time but interim measures will see all staff covered by the new settlement getting an increased hourly pay rate immediately.The agreement has been reached between the Department of Health, relevant NHS Unions, the CBI, BSA and the new health service employers organisation, as part of the NHS Agenda for Change programme, which covers 1.2 million employees. The new deal will give cleaners, porters and other staff working for contractors, pay and conditions that are no less favourable overall than the Agenda for Change pay deal. The terms also provide for better development and training and closer involvement in workforce reforms for those covered by the settlement.

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