Archives for April 11th, 2006

EVALUATION OF SINGLE LOCAL MANAGEMENT CENTRES

Book News, PublicNet: 11 April, 2006

This report from the Neighbourhood Renewal Unit evaluates the Centres which were set up in pilot councils to explore from a bottom up, local, perspective, the opportunities for a rationalisation of initiatives and for a reduction in bureaucracy. Their remit was to find out whether innovation and success in reducing bureaucracy is possible without guidance, direction and resources from central government. The Centres allowed those who faced bureaucratic burdens to generate proposals and take forward fresh approaches.In some cases Centres were able to simplify systems in ways which brought tangible benefits in the appraisal, monitoring and audit procedures of programmes. A number of Centres have also contributed to the improved management of multiple funds, and to the exploration of the possibilities of single pots.

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HEALTHCARE PERFORMANCE MEASUREMENT LOOKS OUTWARD

Headlines, PublicNet: 11 April, 2006

The Healthcare Commission has published a radically revised approach to measuring the performance of NHS trusts which will include information from many different sources. Complaints, investigations, stakeholders in local communities, and feedback from operational staff will help identify poor performance. The assessment of core standards will be cross checked with information from other bodies. It is expected that nearly 200 organisations will provide data and the assessments will include about 3,000 individual items of information.As a result of the recent difficulties many NHS trusts have had in managing their budgets there will be a new focus on financial management and the use of resources in the revised measurement arrangements. This new element will help to provide a comprehensive assessment of NHS organisations recognising the importance of both the quality of services and sound financial management in delivering sustainable high quality care for patients.

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STEEP RISE IN TAKE-UP OF ON-LINE SERVICES

Headlines, PublicNet: 11 April, 2006

There was a 40 per cent increase in the use of online council services last year. The results of this survey of usage by the Society of IT Management comes ahead of the launch next month of the Government’s programme to promote the use of e-government services across the public sector.The survey found that 11.4m users visited local government websites in February 2006, amounting to about 15% of the population and more than 20% of those who use the internet. Local residents, with 42% of visits, made up the largest group of visitors. Job seekers with 14 % were in second place. They were followed by library information, 8%, and planning applications, 5%.

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