Archives for January 6th, 2006

EVERY CHILD MATTERS

Features, PublicNet: 6 January, 2006

By Dave Gove Joined up thinking and joined up working are at the core of the Children Act 2004. This means that the pools of information about young people held by schools, welfare services, youth justice, health and local education authorities, also need to be joined up to help in the process of breaking down the cultural and physical barriers. The author describes the benefits of allowing systems to talk to each other so that decisions can be taken on a complete picture of the young person, rather than on isolated incidents.



SCHOOL MEAL PRICE RISES RAISE CONCERNS

Headlines, PublicNet: 6 January, 2006

A public service union has voiced concerns that rises in the price of school meals may lead to the people who need them most being priced out of the market. The warning has come from UNISON with the publication of its latest survey of the cost of school dinners.The survey, the third conducted by the union, shows the price of a school meal has increased by 44 per cent in the last ten years. Retail price inflation over the same period was only 16 per cent. Since 2001 the cost of a meal has risen by an average 13 per cent.

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PARTNERSHIP WORKING ON WASTE TO BENEFIT FROM EXTENSION IN FUNDING

Headlines, PublicNet: 6 January, 2006

Local authorities will continue to get specialist help to manage their household waste more effectively with the announcement that ‘Direct Consultancy Support’ is to be extended for another two years. The support is provided through the Waste Implementation Programme run by Defra to ensure less rubbish goes to landfill sites.The WIP was set up in June 2003 and new figures show it has led to encouraging progress with England on course to meet its target to recycle 25 per cent of household waste by 2005-06. The additional rounds of WIP funding will concentrate on county and district councils working in partnership on projects. Up to 50,000 pounds a year will go to support such partnerships in waste planning, waste strategy development procurement and analysis of waste. Up to 15,000 pounds a year will be available to unitary authorities, where partnership working will also be encouraged.

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