Archives for July 25th, 2006

SOCIAL EXCLUSION OF OLDER PEOPLE

Book News, PublicNet: 25 July, 2006

This independent report commissioned by the Department for Communities and Local Government summarizes evidence from the main report on this theme and examines how the landscape of social exclusion is likely to change over the next five to 15 years. It also sets out the policy implications of these changes and highlights the most promising policy options.The research identified seven dimensions of social exclusion. They are: social relationships, cultural activities, civic activities, access to basic services, neighbourhood exclusion, financial products and material goods. The percentage of older people defined as excluded varied across the seven dimensions between 9 and 13 per cent. Within these categories the strongest statistical associations with multiple exclusion were: depression, living alone, no living children, no private transport, living in rented accommodation, low income and benefits as the main source of income.

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AUDIT COMMISSION AIMS FOR SAVINGS THROUGH OUTSOURCED WORK

Headlines, PublicNet: 25 July, 2006

The Audit Commission Board has announced savings of 26 million pounds of public money in the next five years through the rolling forward of existing contracts for outsourced audit work. Today’s announcement follows a rigorous tendering exercise.New contracts with a projected value of 29 million pounds a year have been awarded to Deloitte, KPMG, PKF and RSM Robson Rhodes. Together the contracts make up a fifth of the Commission’s projected audit work in 2007-08. The contracts will run for five years from April next year.

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NAO SAYS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS STILL NEED TO BE MORE INNOVATIVE

Headlines, PublicNet: 25 July, 2006

Government departments could still reap greater benefits from operational changes if they adopted more innovative and progressive approaches, according to the first independent report into operational innovation in central government. It found that although a deep-rooted culture of risk aversion was being tackled and improvements in quality and efficiency of service were being made, greater efficiencies could be secured.The National Audit Office report published today looks at 125 innovative developments, which were put forward by 85 government bodies, to improve their administrative and organisational practices. The study looks at a range of innovations with most involving improvements to performance management, new IT or web services or other technological changes. The average cost of the schemes was under a million pounds although some of the innovations have taken years to deliver and cost millions.

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