Archives for July 2006

CHILDREN’S SERVICES

Abstracts, PublicNet: 31 July, 2006

This programme is now available to view on egovtv.tv, the online television channel for public service modernisation. It discusses the progress made by Children’s Services departments to date and considers the cultural challenges of ensuring multi-disciplinary teams work together effectively.The panel also looks at the role of the voluntary sector and the impact of Integrated Children Systems in delivering effective, cohesive Children’s Services. The panel provides a cross section of views from the key stakeholder groups including Local Authority Children’s Services, lead advisors and the Department of Health.

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WELSH COMMUNITY PROJECTS TO SHARE NEW ROUND OF FUNDING

Headlines, PublicNet: 31 July, 2006

 

Community projects across Wales are to receive funding for schemes ranging from the refurbishment of community centre facilities to the purchase of modified bicycles for a social enterprise cycle hire group. In all, 47 schemes will benefit under the latest round of support from the Welsh Assembly Government’s Community Facilities and Activities Programme.The programme, which was launched four years ago, is worth a total of 4,053,076 pounds over the next three years. Welsh Minister for Social Justice and Regeneration Edwina Hart said it made a real and tangible difference to community and voluntary groups at grass roots level and supported the creation of much-needed new facilities and services.

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CITY STATUS PATHFINDERS FOR WELFARE REFORM ARE NAMED

Headlines, PublicNet: 31 July, 2006

 

Thirteen towns and cities from all parts of the country have been chosen to pilot a new approach to providing services as part of the welfare state. They have been granted Cities Strategy pathfinder status and will have more freedom to provide individually tailored programmes and solutions for local problems.

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SURVEY SHOWS IT FUNDING SHORTFALL IN VOLUNTARY SECTOR

Headlines, PublicNet: 28 July, 2006

 

Lack of funding for information technology has been identified as a key reason for the failure of voluntary and community sector organisations to make better use of the technology that is available, according to the results of an online survey by the Information and Communication Technology Hub and the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists.

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NEW FRAMEWORK UNVEILED FOR ASSESSMENT OF FIRE AUTHORITIES

Headlines, PublicNet: 28 July, 2006

 

The Audit Commission has published a new assessment framework for the 47 fire and rescue authorities in England and a revised Comprehensive Performance Assessment system for England’s 150 single tier and county councils. It follows the announcement of a new framework for district councils.

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GLASGOW CALL CENTRE MANAGERS GET HIGH TECH SUPPORT

Features, PublicNet: 28 July, 2006

Call centre management is moving steadily towards maturity. The development path is littered with tales of disaffected staff smarting under time and motion style management. Glasgow City Council brought in a high tech system to support managers and ensure a staff friendly culture. This article describes how the City Council’s Access Centre delivered its staff recruitment and retention targets.

DIAGNOSING AND CHANGING ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE

Book News, PublicNet: 27 July, 2006

By Kim S. Cameron and Robert E. QuinnThe book provides a framework, a sense-making tool, a set of systematic steps, and a methodology for helping managers and their organizations carefully analyze and alter their fundamental culture. Authors, Cameron and Quinn focus on the methods and mechanisms that are available to help managers and change agents transform the most fundamental elements of their organizations. The authors also provide instruments to help individuals guide the change process at the most basic level-culture. Diagnosing and Changing Organizational Culture offers a systematic strategy for internal or external change agents to facilitate foundational change that in turn makes it possible to support and supplement other kinds of change initiatives.

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FOUR AREAS TO PILOT PUSH FOR PRIVATE SECTOR INVOLVEMENT IN REGENERATION

Headlines, PublicNet: 27 July, 2006

 

Four areas have been chosen to pilot a model for promoting private sector investment in improving deprived communities. Bradford, Lewisham, Oldham and Waltham Forest will take part in the Under-served Markets project, a joint initiative between the Department for Communities and Local Government and Business in the Community.

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STUDY HIGHLIGHTS PUBLIC SECTOR LEADERSHIP FAILINGS

Headlines, PublicNet: 27 July, 2006

 

New research says public sector leaders are failing to deliver effective leadership programmes and that decision makers still have an internal focus and fail to look beyond the boundaries of their own organisations for opportunities for collaboration. The research has been carried out by organisational development specialists, CPCR.

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DEPARTMENT FOR COMMUNITIES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT – NEW NAME – NEW TASK

Abstracts, PublicNet: 26 July, 2006

The Department for Communities and Local Government has published plans for transforming the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister into the re-badged DCLG. The focus of the Department will be to support stronger communities and places in which people feel proud to live; to challenge extremism and intolerance, and to build cohesion. It will also seek to narrow inequalities so that the most disadvantaged share opportunities to build a stake in society for themselves and their families.The new structure will be in place by October. This will include the creation of a new Board with significant changes in role and function. There will be external recruitment to bring new talent into the organization and to strengthen capacity.

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