Archives for August 4th, 2006

LOCAL GOVERNMENT WANTS RADICAL OVERHAUL TO END ‘DISPOSABLE SOCIETY’

Headlines, PublicNet: 4 August, 2006

LOCAL GOVERNMENT WANTS RADICAL OVERHAUL TO END ‘DISPOSABLE SOCIETY’

 

Local government leaders have set out a four-point plan designed to reduce flytipping and the amount of waste being disposed of in landfill sites. Councils are already using their additional powers under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act to tackle fly tipping but the Local Government Association says latest figures show waste collection and disposal is one of the key areas of spending pressure faced by authorities, rising at around 3 per cent a year.

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E-LEARNING SERVICE FOR LOCAL AUTHORITIES SOLD TO NEW COMPANY

Headlines, PublicNet: 4 August, 2006

E-LEARNING SERVICE FOR LOCAL AUTHORITIES SOLD TO NEW COMPANY

 

The Improvement and Development Agency has sold its e-learning service for local authorities to the private sector in a deal it says is designed to improve continual development of Learning Pool for its local authority subscribers. It will now be run by Agility Consulting which has set up an independent company called Learning Pool Limited to run the business.Since its conception in 2001 IDeA Learning Pool has been incubated by the Agency and now has more than 90 subscribers and provides access not just to learning tailored to meet the needs of local government but also opportunities for those subscribers to collaborate and gain from economies of scale.

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TACKLING THE INFORMAL ECONOMY

Features, PublicNet: 4 August, 2006

By Dennis Katungi, Emma Neale and Aaron Barbour. The informal economy is hidden from the state for tax, benefit and labour law and operates throughout the UK. The authors found that informal work is undertaken by people who live in poverty and fear going without basics such as food and heating, or are facing mounting rent arrears. The authors argue that the debate about tackling the issue should focus on creating an environment which enables people to leave low-paid informal work and move into the formal work market.

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