Archives for March 9th, 2006

DRIVING IMPROVEMENT – A NEW PERFORMANCE FRAMEWORK

Book News, PublicNet: 9 March, 2006

This draft framework document from the Local Government Association and the Improvement and Development Agency responds to the proposed changes to the way in which localities are governed. It is designed to engage people as citizens, customers and taxpayers and reward innovation and improve value for money in services. It is based on research which shows that the current performance management framework hinders the drive for improvement, because it focuses on assessment rather than improvement, encourages compliance rather than innovation, and it has become too burdensome. The framework is available at:http://www.lga.gov.uk/Publication.asp?lSection=0&id=-A7837BB4

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PLAN TO CUT PAPERWORK BURDEN FOR NHS STAFF

Headlines, PublicNet: 9 March, 2006

New steps have been announced to cut paperwork in an effort to free frontline staff in the National Health Service to concentrate on patient care. The joint project by the Cabinet Office’s Better Regulation Executive and the Department of Health includes some practical changes to remove or minimise red tape resulting from the way information is shared.As part of the plan, the Law Society, The Association of British Insurers and The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers have agreed to work with their members to reduce the number of requests for patient records in pursuing personal injury claims for amounts below ten thousand pounds. That is expected to cut the number of requests by up to 300,000 a year.

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TEENAGERS TO BID FOR CASH FROM COUNCILS TO IMPROVE COMMUNITIES

Headlines, PublicNet: 9 March, 2006

Young people around the country are being given responsibility for deciding how more than a hundred million pounds of public money is to be spent. It will be available over two years through the Youth Opportunity Fund and the Youth Capital Fund and young people aged from 13 to 19 will be able to bid for funds from their local authorities to improve facilities and activities in their communities.Children’s Minister Beverley Hughes has announced that the 115 million pound fund will be ring fenced. On average a local authority will have half a million pounds available, rising to more than two million pounds in the very largest council areas and where the need is greatest over the next two years.

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