Archives for April 19th, 2006

POVERTY AND INEQUALITY IN BRITAIN 2006

Book News, PublicNet: 19 April, 2006

By Mike Brewer, Alissa Goodman, Jonathan Shaw and Luke SibietaThis report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which analyses the households below average income statistics, shows slow growth in average living standards. Between 1996 and 2002.income inequality rose on a variety of measures and reached its highest level since comparable records began in 1961. Since 2002, income inequality has fallen slightly to a level similar to that of 1996. The net effect over the last eight years has been to leave inequality effectively unchanged.

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COUNCILS TO CRACK DOWN ON ILLEGAL LIMOUSINES

Headlines, PublicNet: 19 April, 2006

Council leaders are warning limousine operators that they will get tough over vehicles that flout safety regulations and they are asking the general public to contact their local authorities in cases where cars are in breach of the law. The Local Government Association says new figures show that up to 6,000 limousines are regularly breaking safety rules.The LGA says that limo operators often advertise their vehicles as being able to carry up to 20 people, but features such as low ceilings and inadequate emergency exits mean that there is no vehicle in the country that satisfies the safety requirements to carry more than 8 people at the moment. The Association is also pointing out that any vehicle that carries more than eight people for hire or reward needs a Public Service Vehicle Operator’s licence, issued by the Traffic Commissioner.

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E-PARTICIPATION AND SOCIAL INCLUSION UNDER SPOTLIGHT AT INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM

Headlines, PublicNet: 19 April, 2006

There is to be a major international symposium to share knowledge and expertise on the growing convergence between e-Government, Social Inclusion and e-Participation. More than 500 senior officials from local and central government in this country will join representatives from over 70 countries for the event this summer. Organisations that will attend include the United Nations, the European Commission and the Council of Europe.In an effort to ensure international input from every level of government and from all key sectors, the Symposium will take place in both Budapest in Hungary from July 26th to 28th and in the United States, where Baltimore will host delegates from August 2nd to 4th. The sessions in Budapest will set out the debate around the critical challenges that stakeholders face as they attempt to deliver the full potential of e-government. In Baltimore the discussion will move on to explore new and emerging e-applications. The USA pioneered the art of online campaigning but is now facing the challenge of translating these tools into inclusive governance.

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