Archives for September 2006

MOBILE TECHNOLOGY TO PLAY GREATER PART IN COUNCIL SERVICE DELIVERY

Headlines, PublicNet: 26 September, 2006

MOBILE TECHNOLOGY TO PLAY GREATER PART IN COUNCIL SERVICE DELIVERY

 

Mobile devices seem set to change the way local authorities deliver some of their services, according to new research. A report from ndl-metascybe reveals the latest findings from its annual council e-government survey, which examines the different stages of Customer Relationship Management implementation within local authorities.

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NEW DRIVE BEGINS TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO PUBLIC SECTOR INFORMATION

Headlines, PublicNet: 26 September, 2006

NEW DRIVE BEGINS TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO PUBLIC SECTOR INFORMATION

 

The Information Commissioner is launching an initiative on Freedom of Information publication schemes following a review last year which highlighted the need to develop and improve the dissemination of public sector information. The initiative is being announced this week to mark International Your Right to Know Day, which is on Thursday.

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TELEWORKING: TRENDS AND PROSPECTS

Abstracts, PublicNet: 25 September, 2006

This report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development examines the way in which working from home, using a computer or telephone, is contributing to improving the work-life balance. It argues that many studies on teleworking artificially swell the numbers of teleworkers and it quotes the Office for National Statistics estimate that only 4 per cent of UK employees are full time teleworkers.The report claims that though teleworking has many merits and is likely to become more common in the future, it is currently far from as widespread as popularly perceived and unlikely ever to be a realistic prospect for the majority of workers. The likelihood is that any major breakthrough on flexible working will for most people take the form of reduced hours, flexi-time or changes in shift patterns. All features that are good for the work life balance.

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ROLE OF COUNCILLORS UNDER DISCUSSION AT PARTY CONFERENCES

Headlines, PublicNet: 25 September, 2006

ROLE OF COUNCILLORS UNDER DISCUSSION AT PARTY CONFERENCES

 

Local Government Minister Phil Woolas will take part this evening in a debate on the role of the modern local councillor. The discussion, at the Labour party Conference, is one of a series organised by the Local Government Information Unit and chaired by its new chief executive, Tim Thorogood.

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CALL FOR CLOSER LINKS FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND COMMUNITY SECTOR

Headlines, PublicNet: 25 September, 2006

CALL FOR CLOSER LINKS FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND COMMUNITY SECTOR

 

A new report is calling for the relationship between voluntary and community organisations and local government to be strengthened. ‘How voluntary and community organisations can help transform the local relationship’ has been produced by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and is endorsed by the Local Government Association.

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MEASURE FOR MEASURE

Features, PublicNet: 22 September, 2006

By John Walsh The public sector has become a key area in combating climate change following the publication of environmental targets for official buildings by the end of the next decade and a commitment from the Prime Minister to transform Whitehall into “carbon neutral” within six years. These targets include reducing water consumption by 25 per cent and increasing energy efficiency per square metre by 30 per cent. The author describes how energy performance management can contribute to the targets.

BRITAIN ‘LAGS BEHIND EUROPE’ ON CHILDCARE

Headlines, PublicNet: 22 September, 2006

BRITAIN ‘LAGS BEHIND EUROPE’ ON CHILDCARE

 

In spite of significant increases in public spending on early education, the UK still lags behind its European counterparts in providing universal access to childcare. The latest issue of “Children in Europe, Managing the Mix: public and private sectors” says that in Britain the private sector is left to fill the childcare gap.

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CALL FOR DOCTORS TO LEAD DEBATE ON HOSPITAL CLOSURES

Headlines, PublicNet: 22 September, 2006

CALL FOR DOCTORS TO LEAD DEBATE ON HOSPITAL CLOSURES

 

Doctors must debate the issue of hospital closures and GPs should reassert themselves as advocates for patients, according to an article in today’s BMJ by Oxfordshire GP Richard Lehman. He says the issue has suddenly become headline news but it has never been the subject of a full national debate in the profession.

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EVALUATION OF YOUR HEALTH, YOUR CARE, YOUR SAY

Book News, PublicNet: 21 September, 2006

The Your Health, Your Care, Your Say initiative for the Department of Health, which was completed last year, created one of the largest and most ambitious public engagement exercises ever mounted in the UK. The aims were to ensure that the public were actively involved in deliberative debates on contentious issues including ‘trading off’ public investment in differenttypes of health and social care servicesThis report summarises the results of an evaluation study which examines the whole process but which focuses on the ‘listening exercise’ – the local, regional and national deliberative events that enabled members of the public to discuss a range of topics. The evaluation study aimed to come to conclusions about the extent to which the methodology chosen and the delivery of initiative met the objectives set, and draw out learning for future public engagement activity.

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REPORT SAYS CARE SYSTEM IS FAILING CHILDREN

Headlines, PublicNet: 21 September, 2006

REPORT SAYS CARE SYSTEM IS FAILING CHILDREN

 

A report today sets out what it labels the ‘catastrophic failure’ of the system for looking after children in care. In “Handle With Care: an investigation into the care system”, the author Harriet Sergeant analyses each stage of the system and describes what the Centre for Policy Studies is calling “the betrayal of 60,000 young people in care.”

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