Archives for April 7th, 2006

TRANSFORMATIONAL GOVERNMENT: IS THE STRATEGY DELIVERABLE?

Features, PublicNet: 7 April, 2006

Transformational Government, the Cabinet Office blue print for taking public services beyond eGovernment is criticized by public spending expert Professor Colin Talbot. He accuses the Government of “losing its collective marbles” over its strategy which he dubs “fanciful”, warning that the challenge of delivering it has been seriously under-estimated.



YOUNG PEOPLE GO TO POLLS EARLY

Headlines, PublicNet: 7 April, 2006

In the run up to the English local elections on May 4, schools, colleges and youth groups are being invited to recreate the excitement and mass participation of real election campaigns by taking part in the Y Vote Mock Local Elections 2006. They are run by the Hansard Society and supported by the Electoral Commission and the Department for Education and Skills.The Mock Local Elections aim to give young people the opportunity to learn about the political process and the issues affecting their communities in a fun and active way. Pupils are encouraged to stand as party candidates, to take part as speech writers and canvassers as well as follow the process of the election from registering to vote right through to the count.

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CAMPAIGN CHAMPIONS CONSUMER CHOICE IN PUBLIC SERVICE REFORM

Headlines, PublicNet: 7 April, 2006

The Future Services Network has launched a campaign to get greater public voice in public services and to make services more flexible to respond to people’s needs. The network, which is committed to speed up the pace of public service reform, is a coalition of the National Consumer Council, the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations and the Confederation of British Industry. Its aim is to create a consumer lobby as effective as those long-established in the United States and Australia.Supporting the campaign launch, Cabinet Office Minister Jim Murphy said that the major challenge will be to develop a more strategic approach to service provision. Individuals and local communities should be given a real voice over key decisions about public services. Both at a neighbourhood level and at a government level, the citizen’s voice should be heard, whether through consumer boards, user group representation, direct consultation, citizens’ juries or other means. There should also be regular feedback so that citizens can find out how their participation has changed services for the better.

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