Archives for March 23rd, 2006

CONSENT REGIMES – REDUCING UNNECESSARY BUREAUCRACY

Book News, PublicNet: 23 March, 2006

This report sets out actions and recommendations to improve the local authority consent regime system. This is the process whereby a local authority has to apply for permission from the Secretary of State, or in some cases the Attorney General, to carry out certain activities in order to perform their statutory duties, such as the provision of off street parking. Local authorities continue to have a strong perception that government departments could do more to remove burdens such as unnecessary paperwork associated with some of the controls that are in place.This report identifies the actions that government departments will take which to remove the constraints and burdens caused by some of the consent regimes. Local authorities will no longer need to seek consent at every turn, before they can take action. In addition to repealing 21 consent regimes, consultations will continue on a further 11 regimes. Departments will also provide better guidance on consent applications.

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SCOTTISH CONFERENCE LOOKS AT PARTNERSHIP WORKING IN EDUCATION

Headlines, PublicNet: 23 March, 2006

A conference in Scotland is to stress the importance of partnership working in education. The annual conference of Enquire, the Scottish advice service for additional support for learning, will examine renewed emphasis on partnership work in light of the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act, which promotes an integrated approach to service delivery.The Act also aims to build a stronger system to support learning, so all children and young people get the additional support they need to make the most of their education. The two-day conference will look at best practice in partnership working in additional support for learning and provide opportunities to look at issues and solutions in partnership working. Delegates will also get help in developing their partnership working and network building skills.

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BUDGET GETS CAUTIOUS WELCOME FROM COUNCILS – BUT DOCTORS LEFT DISAPPOINTED

Headlines, PublicNet: 23 March, 2006

Local Government leaders have given a generally cautious welcome to measures unveiled by Gordon Brown in his tenth budget. The Chancellor has also been applauded by the voluntary sector for showing his commitment to its role but doctors are dismayed that there was no mention of their pay settlement.Mr. Brown’s announcement that local; communities are to keep more of the money raised by house building was greeted by the Chairman of the Local Government Association, Sir Sandy Bruce Lockhart, as a step in the right direction but Sir Sandy said more needed to be done. “The LGA still wants to make sure that all of the revenue raised from development will be retained locally and that none of the money will be transferred to Whitehall before being redistributed to the local area,” he said.

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