Archives for January 2007

INSTITUTE PROJECT AIMS TO BUILD CIVIL SERVICE COMPETENCE

Headlines, PublicNet: 31 January, 2007

INSTITUTE PROJECT AIMS TO BUILD CIVIL SERVICE COMPETENCE

 

A new project has been launched to build competence and intellectual capital in the Civil Service. ‘Effective Business Models’ is an action research network designed by the National School of Government’s Sunningdale Institute as a response to Capability Reviews, which found some Departments were too inclined to settle for inherited structures rather than designing systems that were capable of delivering the required outcomes.

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WALES SEEKS VIEWS ON NEW LOCAL LEADERSHIP TEAMS

Headlines, PublicNet: 31 January, 2007

WALES SEEKS VIEWS ON NEW LOCAL LEADERSHIP TEAMS

 

Consultations have begun in Wales on plans for the first phase of Local Service Boards, which will be leadership teams bringing together representatives of local government, health services, the police and voluntary bodies as well as the private sector. At the same time the Welsh Assembly Government is asking for applications from partnerships wishing to run projects to develop the new Local Service Agreement model.

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LOCAL GOVERNMENT WHITE PAPER – IMPLEMENTATION TIMETABLE

Abstracts, PublicNet: 31 January, 2007

The Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill is expected to receive royal assent in Autumn 2007. It will allow the Secretary of State to invite local authorities to make proposals for establishing unitary authorities in place of two-tier authorities, simplify electoral arrangements by enabling councils to adopt all-out elections every four years and introduce new leadership models from which councils can choose and improve community governance by extending the power of wellbeing to parish councils,The performance workstream is expected to deliver a new set of about 200 indicators to be rolled-out from April 2008 and the full suite from April 2009. A new single performance framework for local government and its partners will be devised and the Audit Commission will become the single local services inspectorate in April 2008.

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COUNCILS SET TO PILOT NEW VOTING METHODS AGAIN

Headlines, PublicNet: 30 January, 2007

COUNCILS SET TO PILOT NEW VOTING METHODS AGAIN

 

Thirteen councils across England will be trying out new methods of voting in an effort to make it more convenient for people to take part in May’s Local Government Elections. All the pilot projects will then be evaluated by the Electoral Commission with findings being published in August.

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INSPECTORATE HIGHLIGHTS ‘NIGHTMARE’ OF MOVE TO ADULTHOOD FOR SOME DISABLED YOUNG PEOPLE

Headlines, PublicNet: 30 January, 2007

INSPECTORATE HIGHLIGHTS ‘NIGHTMARE’ OF MOVE TO ADULTHOOD FOR SOME DISABLED YOUNG PEOPLE

 

Turning 18 can be the start of a nightmare for many young people with disabilities and serious medical conditions. That’s how some families describe the move from children’s to adults’ social services in a new report published today. It says they face problems because not all local authorities provide the same level of support for adults as they do for children and that means some young people lose their independence and with it opportunities for a fuller life.

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THE POLITICS OF SHARED SERVICES

Book News, PublicNet: 30 January, 2007

By Anthony BrandThe author looks at how the delivery of local public services can be shared between authorities whether by public or private sector agents. He also analyses the main contributory factors as to why, despite the adoption of the Gershon efficiency agenda, shared local public service delivery is still not widespread.

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TWENTY SIX BIDS FOR UNITARY AUTHORITY STATUS

Headlines, PublicNet: 29 January, 2007

TWENTY SIX BIDS FOR UNITARY AUTHORITY STATUS

 

More than two dozen proposals have been put forward by local councils in England that wish to become unitary authorities. The applications have been welcomed by the Communities and Local Government Secretary, Ruth Kelly, although the Government has already warned that it is unlikely to implement more than 8 proposals.

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PUBLIC FAVOUR ‘DIXON-STYLE’ COMMUNITY POLICING

Headlines, PublicNet: 29 January, 2007

PUBLIC FAVOUR ‘DIXON-STYLE’ COMMUNITY POLICING

 

Researchers have found that people would like to see higher-quality community policing of the type epitomised by PC George Dixon in the old television series “Dixon of Dock Green”. The study was carried out by The City University, London for The Police Foundation in response to the Home Office’s drive towards every area of the country having Neighbourhood Policing Teams by 2008.

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THE MODERNISATION OF PUBLIC SERVICES

Abstracts, PublicNet: 29 January, 2007

This report from the Society of IT Management reveals a fall in local government IT expenditure to 2.7b pounds, which is just below the 2004 level. Growth in staffing also came to an abrupt end with reduction in the number of consultants employed, which accounted for most of the change.IT managers who responded to the SOCTIM survey are ‘fairly positive’ about shared services as a means to deliver efficiency. Sharing staff resources over a region or even wider may offer further large savings, says the report, while doing things once and sharing the solution with the whole of the government sector may offer another good way forward. Partnerships and outsourcing are the other strategies most mentioned by IT managers considering ways of bridging the resource gap.

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EXPERTS AIR VARYING VIEWS TO ‘SAVE THE NHS’

Headlines, PublicNet: 26 January, 2007

EXPERTS AIR VARYING VIEWS TO ‘SAVE THE NHS’

 

There is a claim today that the National Health Service could learn from organisations such as the John Lewis Partnership, which show what can be achieved when employees can see that they benefit from their actions. It comes from Professor Chris Ham from the Health Service Management Centre, University of Birmingham. Meanwhile another expert suggests current problems in the NHS are due to ‘marketisation’ and a doctor argues for the service to be made more local.

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