Archives for February 13th, 2006

BETTER PROCUREMENT

Abstracts, PublicNet: 13 February, 2006

This programme is now available to view on egovtv.tv, the online television channel for public service modernisation. It looks at the role of the South East Centre of Excellence in supporting local authorities through the Efficiency agenda and the National Procurement Strategy.The programme describes the part it plays in different areas of expertise and the services it provides working in partnership with authorities in the South East region and nationwide. It explains how SECE can help councils meet efficiency targets. It also outlines approaches for training and development for officers and members, and collaborative procurement activities that have built schools and public amenities and achieved 1.6m pounds saving in telecoms for the region.

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COMMUNITY GROUPS ‘THREATENED BY MOVE FROM GRANTS TO CONTRACTS’

Headlines, PublicNet: 13 February, 2006

There is a new claim that a move away from grants for community groups towards contracts for the provision of services is threatening the effectiveness of voluntary and community organisations. The warning comes from Bassac, the British Association of Settlements and Social Action Centres following research among its members.In a survey it found that that grants from local authorities and other statutory agencies were being replaced by competitive tendering. The organisation believes the grants had enabled community-based organisations to design a wide range of local services.

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THINK TANK SAYS TIME HAS COME FOR M-GOVERNMENT

Headlines, PublicNet: 13 February, 2006

Local authorities are being urged to realise fully the potential of mobile IT and to adopt ‘m-Government’ in the delivery of local services and governance arrangements. The independent think tank, the New Local Government Network, says people’s widespread use of mobile technology will not stop at interactions with commercial companies and it is warning that change is unavoidable. Councils, it says, face a stark choice of leading that change or hoping that existing structures can cope.The report, “Cutting the Wires: Mobile IT and the transformation of local services and governance” has been produced by eGovernment commentator Michael Cross and NLGN’s James MacGregor. It draws on current practice to show that trailblazing local authorities are making a real difference to the lives of people and communities. It also outlines examples of what might result from officers and councillors interacting through m-Government.

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