Archives for November 25th, 2005

GOOGLEISATION OF NEIGHBOURHOODS THREATENS THE VULNERABLE

Features, PublicNet: 25 November, 2005

By Roger Burrows, Nick Ellison and Brian Woods. Not so long ago, images and perceptions of neighbourhoods and communities were largely generated from a range of primarily local sources. Local residents and those living nearby would hold key information about the history and folklore of particular places. Today, Internet-based neighbourhood information systems are growing rapidly allowing ever more detailed information to become publicly available. They have the potential to change fundamentally or to solidify the image of individual neighbourhoods by contributing to restructuring and ‘social sorting’. The authors warn of the dangers of this development, particularly for the vulnerable.



SCOTTISH COUNCILS WARN THEY ARE LOSING PATIENCE AS CUTS LOOM

Headlines, PublicNet: 25 November, 2005

Local authorities in Scotland are warning that they are losing patience after what they have called ‘an extremely tight settlement’ from the Scottish Executive. Councils are warning that they are now looking at large-scale cuts in services.Pat Watters, president of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, said the level of the settlement attacked the principles of protecting the services authorities delivered to their communities and keeping council tax levels as low as possible, which were uppermost in councils’ decision making process. Councillor Watters said the Executive had not delivered anything new for Scottish local government and councils were left with no other choice than to look at cuts in frontline services.

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GPs POINT TO PATIENTS’ SUPPORT FOR SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP

Headlines, PublicNet: 25 November, 2005

There is a new call today for the special relationship between patients and family doctors to be preserved in any developments in primary care. In an editorial published today in the “British Journal of General Practice” Dr Mayur Lakhani, Chairman of the Royal College of GPs, says new policies should build on the strengths and values of general practice.Dr Lakhani writes about the Department of Health’s White Paper on care outside hospitals, which is expected to be produced later this year or early in 2006, and outlines the issues the Royal College will bring to the attention of the Secretary of State for Health to try to influence and shape the White Paper.

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