Archives for April 3rd, 2006

LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND CHILD POVERTY

Abstracts, PublicNet: 3 April, 2006

This report from Warwick Business School highlights several cases of innovative best practice and describes the many contributions being made by local authorities against child poverty. It also emphasizes that local authorities should regularly review the full range of their services and activities to ensure that they are maximising their contribution to child poverty.The authors warn that restrictive targets are impairing local flexibility, and that they should be replaced by frameworks. The findings also call for greater guarantees that schemes which are successful in hitting child poverty will be given longer term funding. It also advises that the lead councillor for Children and the Children’s Services Director ensure that child poverty issues are mainstreamed across the authority and in multi-agency partnership working.

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CALL FOR OVERHAUL OF EDUCATION FOR OFFENDERS

Headlines, PublicNet: 3 April, 2006

There is a new call to overhaul the system of education for prisoners after a year-long inquiry said it was unacceptable in its current state. The call has come from the Forum on Prisoner Education after a report from the House of Commons Education and Skills Select Committee.The Forum had presented written and oral evidence to the Committee, whose members also visited prisons on the Isle of Wight and in Reading and the Young Offenders Institution at Feltham as well as visiting overseas prisons.

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ACADEMY TO MANAGE SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY AWARDS

Headlines, PublicNet: 3 April, 2006

The search has begun to find inspirational projects that are judged to be making a difference to the lives of local people, with the launch of the Deputy Prime Minister’s Award for Sustainable Communities 2006. This year the award is being managed by the Academy for Sustainable Communities.Last year’s winner was a scheme to regenerate Attwood Green in Birmingham, which transformed former run down estates into attractive places to live and work. Previous winners are the Grange Park Community Project in Blackpool, where a deprived neighbourhood was revitalised to create a mixed community, and the Penwerris Estate in Falmouth, Cornwall where residents set up a tenants’ association to fix local housing, improve public health, and clean up their environment.

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