Archives for November 21st, 2005

CONNECTING LOCAL AUTHORITIES TO DIRECTGOV

Abstracts, PublicNet: 21 November, 2005

The Local Directgov Programme will seamlessly connect the Directgov website to Local Authority websites.This will create a single point of entry into both Central Government and Local Government services. Almost 80% of public services are provided by local government and the voluntary sector and the programme is designed to increase take up of local services.The programme will deliver improved content relating to local authority services on the Directgov website, providing the customer with more information at the first point of contact. It will reduce confusion as to which tier of government provides the service required by the customer, and offer improved online experience by routing customers to the appropriate web page.

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COMMUNITIES CAN ACCESS SEIZED FUNDS TO TACKLE CRIME

Headlines, PublicNet: 21 November, 2005

More cash seized from criminals is to be made available to local projects around the country designed to tackle gun and knife crime. A quarter of a million pounds is to be ‘recycled’ to groups working in those areas that are worst affected by gun and knife offences. Local organisations have a month to apply for a share of the fund.The money can be used to start initiatives or to support ongoing schemes in areas such as sporting or music activities, to help young people move away from gang culture. It can also fund support for victims and mentoring projects. The money is available through the Connected Fund and Home Office Minister, Hazel Blears, has announced that a new round of bids is now open. The closing date is December 16th.

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BMA SUGGESTS LOCAL MEDICAL CENTRES ALONGSIDE GP SURGERIES

Headlines, PublicNet: 21 November, 2005

The idea of community-based medical centres that would be operated alongside traditional GP surgeries is being put forward by the doctors’ organisation, the British Medical Association in its response to the Government’s White Paper consultation “Your Health Your Care Your Say.” The centres would offer patients access to a new-style resource with diagnostic facilities, outreach specialist services and social services staff under one roof.The BMA submission says while GP practice-based care would be preserved for most patients, the proposed centres could also have other clinical services such as physiotherapy and dietetics. In addition they could offer information on health conditions and advice for patients on how to manage their illness. On the social care side there could be staff giving advice on employment and welfare benefits.

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