Archives for March 28th, 2006

NOT BOSSES BUT LEADERS

Book News, PublicNet: 28 March, 2006

By John Adair.This pioneering work from leadership expert John Adair has transformed understanding of how leadership works and how executives can become leaders. Accessible guidance on exactly what is needed to become a leader is presented in the form of a dialogue with a young executive who is soon to become a strategic leader. Each fundamental aspect of leadership is exposed and explained in a concise and lucid way. The author presents a study of what a leader actually has to do. It doesn’t depend on historical models but springs from the day-to-day realities of management.

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DEAL FOR DEVOLUTION DIALOGUE GOES DIGITAL

Headlines, PublicNet: 28 March, 2006

Debate on local government reform was opened further today with the launch of a new web forum. The forum provides an opportunity for members of the general public to make their views known directly, as well as offering another channel for local government stakeholders – such as local authorities, the business sector and voluntary and community organisations – to contribute to discussions.The Deal for Devolution proposes a radically different form of local government where power is moved down from Whitehall to councils and from councils to citizens. It involves the creation of Neighbourhood Charters within a National Neighbourhood Framework. The charters would set out how public services are delivered to a neighbourhood and the empowerment mechanisms that are available to local people. The proposals provide challenges and opportunities for local and central government and the result will be radical changes in responsibilities and relationships.

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TWO COUNCILS FACE THREAT OF CAPPING

Headlines, PublicNet: 28 March, 2006

Two local authorities are facing capping measures after the announcement that the average council tax increase for band D properties will be four and a half per cent. The authorities that have been designated with a view to in-year capping are York City Council and Medway Borough Council. They now have 21 days in which to respond after which the Government can either set a maximum budget for the year ahead or withdraw the designation and restrict future increases.Local Government Minister Phil Woolas said the majority of authorities had responded positively to the message from central government. “The achievement of another historically low increase is a tribute to the way in which local authorities have contained their costs and budgeted prudently,” he said. Mr. Woolas said the average increase for the coming year would have been 4.2 per cent but was higher because of the council tax element of the funding package for the 2012 Olympics that affects London.

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