Archives for June 2nd, 2006

THE SUCCESS AND SUSTAINABILITY OF MIXED COMMUNITIES

Features, PublicNet: 2 June, 2006

By Chris Holmes There is growing concern about communities in Britain which do not function properly, especially some of the estates built as social housing that are now occupied only by people with low incomes. The author has looked at communities with a social and economic mix and found that they can give low-income residents access to successful environments.



NEW CENTRE TO SUPPORT GREATER PATIENT INVOLVEMENT IN NHS

Headlines, PublicNet: 2 June, 2006

A new resource centre has opened to support National Health Service and organisations working to involve people in local services. The national Patient and Public Involvement Resource Centre will promote the value of involving people and it will work closely with patients and NHS personnel to build on moves towards greater involvement that are already in place around the country.The new centre begins work this month following a call last autumn for bids from groups to run it. The successful bid came from a consortium made up of the University of Warwick, The Centre for Public Scrutiny and the Long term Medical Conditions Alliance. Dr Jonathan Tritter, the Executive Director of the new centre said the consortium had discussed its plans with key stakeholders including the Royal College of Nursing Institute, the National Consumer Council, the Royal College of Physicians and the National Association for Patient Participation as well as with the NHS, to ensure that it reflected different needs.

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COUNCILS URGE SMALL FIRMS TO APPLY FOR BUSINESS RATE RELIEF

Headlines, PublicNet: 2 June, 2006

Half of England’s small businesses are failing to take advantage of a system that would cut their rate bills, leaving unclaimed around four hundred million pounds of money that local government leaders say could make the difference between staying afloat and going bankrupt.The Local Government Association has conducted a survey of local authorities which reveals wide regional variations but shows that overall only 48 per cent of eligible small firms have applied for Small Business Rate Relief that could see them getting reductions of up to up to 2,500 pounds on their bills. The relief system came into effect last year and entitles eligible businesses with rateable values of below 5,000 pounds to 50 per cent relief on their liability. The relief decreases on a sliding scale.

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