Archives for November 8th, 2005

CREATING A NEW AGE FOR OLDER WORKERS

Abstracts, PublicNet: 8 November, 2005

This survey from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development was designed to highlight the issues that need to be addressed in tackling age discrimination in the workplace. It sets out an in-depth benchmarking study on ageism and retirement. The research was undertaken against the background of efforts made by Government in the past decade to persuade organisations not to discriminate on the basis of age. The report looks at all dimensions of ageism, ranging from individual attitudes to organisational policies.It shows that part-time working, more flexible pensions and grandparental leave are key to improving the participation rates of older workers. Promotion prospects are greatly reduced for those who are past 50, but older workers are more productive than the rest of the workforce. The report refutes the claim that older workers are more costly and don’t need employment rights, but notes that they need to develop their IT skills.

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HOUSING SUBSIDY CONSULTATION BEGINS

Headlines, PublicNet: 8 November, 2005

Consultations are beginning on the Government’s proposed council housing subsidy allocations for individual local authorities for 2006-07. On average the proposals will mean an increase in the resources available to housing authorities for management and maintenance costs of 2.7 per cent. The Government has also announced that it will implement the recommendations of the 3-Year Review of Rent Restructuring, alongside limits on rent increases for the next two years.On management and maintenance payments it is hoped that as far as possible the same formulae will apply for the year 2007-08. Local authorities have until December 12th to comment on the draft determinations and until December 2nd to comment on the data. The proposals mean that management and maintenance allowances have seen sustained rises over recent years, with the latest announcement following increases of 17 per cent over the last two years.

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TRUSTS FACE NEW FINANCIAL HEALTH CHECK FOR FOUNDATION STATUS

Headlines, PublicNet: 8 November, 2005

NHS trusts wanting to apply for foundation status have been told they will have to “raise their game” to meet new financial diagnostic checks set out by the Department of Health. The new programme will be rolled out to all acute trusts to improve financial management in the health service and to test which potential applicants are ready before they make the transition to foundation status.The Health Secretary, Patricia Hewitt, has also announced that two star acute, specialist and mental health trusts will be able to submit applications for foundation status but they will be expected to meet the same rigorous standards demanded by Monitor, the independent regulator that authorises applications, before any of them can achieve the new status.

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