Archives for October 20th, 2005

COMPRHENSIVE PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT – THE HARDER TEST

Abstracts, PublicNet: 20 October, 2005

Following consultation the Audit Commission has devised a stiffer test for assessing the performance of the larger councils. The aim of the new test is to measure how well councils are delivering services for local people and communities, taking into account the Commission’s strategic approach to regulation and consequent reduction in the regulatory burden. The test is made up from a complex set of judgments on councils and the services that they provide and combined into one simply understood rating. The strength of CPA is that it looks at performance from various perspectives which provide a more complete picture and a better understanding of where to focus activities to secure improvement.Over the last three years, council services have improved significantly, and CPA is acknowledged to be one of the catalysts for this. CPA has also been a lever for reducing inspection and regulation in better performing councils and focusing support for others. The new test which raises the bar considerably, will be `more rigorous than in previous years.

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FIGURES LINK PRISON OVERCROWDING TO SUICIDES.

Headlines, PublicNet: 20 October, 2005

The most overcrowded prisons in England and Wales have the highest number of suicides among inmates according to figures released today by the Howard League for Penal Reform. They show that a quarter of prisons accounted for more than half the suicides that have taken place since January 2004The League has released the statistics today ahead of a debate in the House of Lords, led by Lord Dholakia, on the impact of prison overcrowding on the rate of suicide in prison. It has also sent a detailed briefing to peers.

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CALL FOR MORE RESOURCES FOR SCHOOLS’ WORK WITH LEARNING DISABLED

Headlines, PublicNet: 20 October, 2005

Local secondary schools and colleges have too few resources and inadequate skills and experience to support students with learning disabilities, according to a report today from the Open Society Institute produced in co-operation with the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities. The report, “Rights of People with Intellectual Disabilities: Access to Education and Employment in the UK”, points to continuing inadequacies in the UK’s mainstream education and employment systems.The report says that although UK legislation and policy sets out to include more children in mainstream schools, there is a need for more resources and training. It also points to the difficulties faced by young people with learning disabilities making the transition from school to employment.

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