Archives for April 21st, 2006

BRINGING DOWN THE BARRIERS TO WORK

Features, PublicNet: 21 April, 2006

By Anne E. Green and David Owen. Despite employment growth, high levels of worklessness persist for some people and in some places. The authors used census data to find out reasons for the pockets of worklessness and they suggest how the barriers to work might be tackled. Improving skill levels is one way which has been shown to be effective, but they argue that there is also a need for holistic policies looking at individuals in a broader household, neighbourhood and local labour market context.



COUNCILS URGED TO THINK OF ENTERPRISE AWARDS

Headlines, PublicNet: 21 April, 2006

Local authorities are being urged to nominate towns or cities in their areas that could be the most enterprising place in the country. The Small Business Service is reminding councils that there are only weeks left to contact their Regional Development Agency about nominations for the regional heats of the Department of Trade and Industry’s Enterprising Britain awards.The competition was launched in January to find the country’s most enterprising hotspot, the place that has created jobs, brought communities together, and made a real difference to local businesses and local people. Winning regional entries will go forward to the national finals and the overall winner will represent the UK against the most enterprising places from across Europe.

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GRANTS DELAY THREATENS HEALTH CARE WORK OF VOLUNTARY GROUPS

Headlines, PublicNet: 21 April, 2006

Voluntary organisations involved in delivering health and care services say delays in the payment of grants from the Department of Health are causing them severe difficulties. They should have been told the outcome of applications at the start of this year but this has not happened.The grants that are due are made under the Section 64 funding stream that is intended to help voluntary groups that support Governments work in providing health and social care. The groups applied for funding in May 2005 and were told to expect an outcome by January. Now they say they have been told by the Department that it has breached the terms of the Compact stating that the outcomes of applications should be made known within a limit of three months.

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