Archives for March 2007

FIRE SERVICE STAFF PRAISED FOR DROP IN DEATHS

Headlines, PublicNet: 27 March, 2007

FIRE SERVICE STAFF PRAISED FOR DROP IN DEATHS

 

New figures show the number of deaths in fires in England has halved since 1981 and the number of fires is at its lowest level since 1988. Government ministers have praised initiatives run by front line fire and rescue staff for bringing about the reduction. The statistics record 140,300 fires compared to to the 2001 high of 188,400.

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UNDERSTANDING THE MIXED ECONOMY OF WELFARE

Book News, PublicNet: 27 March, 2007

Edited by Martin PowellAlthough state provision may have dominated in Britain since 1945, there is a growing movement towards a mixed economy of welfare involving private, voluntary and informal sectors. This book, written by social policy and welfare experts, sheds light on this neglected area of social policy. The authors explore the social divisions of welfare. They analyse the issues of the production, finance and regulation of welfare and how they are located in the context of New Labour’s social policy.

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IMPACT OF LOCAL FOOD BUYING OUTLINED TO PUBLIC SECTOR IN WALES

Headlines, PublicNet: 26 March, 2007

IMPACT OF LOCAL FOOD BUYING OUTLINED TO PUBLIC SECTOR IN WALES

 

Public Sector bodies in Wales have been reminded that they can have a positive impact on rural economies and communities by buying locally-produced food. The Sustainable Food Procurement in the Public Sector conference was told that all but one of the NHS Trusts in Wales already served Welsh beef – about 750,000 pounds worth of meat each year.The conference, organised by the Organic Centre Wales, looked at issues such as reducing food miles, ethical standards and reducing processing and waste. Citing the example of the NHS beef buying, Welsh Assembly Environment Minister Carwyn Jones told delegates, “The impact the public sector in Wales can have by buying more local produce is considerable.”

Schools in Wales had also signed an agreement to use more local meat.Mr. Jones said he wanted to increase the amount of local sourcing of food by public organisations. Buying locally, he said, reduced food miles and sustained rural economies. “There are only benefits in taking this approach. That is why I want to build on our success to date and increase the buying of local produce in the public sector,” he said. Such decisions could have an impact on climate change and reduce the amount of processing of food and the production of waste.

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RISKS OF ROAD MAINTENANCE BUDGET SHORTFALL HIGHLIGHTED

Headlines, PublicNet: 26 March, 2007

RISKS OF ROAD MAINTENANCE BUDGET SHORTFALL HIGHLIGHTED

 

Local authorities say short-term financial decisions by the Government have increased the risk of long-term damage to the environment and the economy because of the pressure on budgets for road maintenance. The Local Government Association was responding to the latest annual report from the Asphalt Industry Alliance, which claimed the shortfall of funds for road repairs was now close to a billion pounds.

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TOWARDS A NATIONAL IMPROVEMENT STRATEGY

Abstracts, PublicNet: 26 March, 2007

This paper from the Local Government Association and the Improvement and Development Agency sets out initial views about the nature and purpose of a strategy for improving local government. It describes the priorities on which to focus for the next spending review period and the implications for delivery and resources. It raises a number of key issues where input from the local government sector is needed.The strategy needs to be devised against the background of the long-term challenges facing society, such as globalisation, demographic changes, changes in technology and climate change. It should address issues such as rising customer expectations for better-quality services, the tighter financial environment, and the increasing complexity of the challenges facing localities which demand a long-term, collaborative approach between local partners.

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IMPROVING EFFICIENCY MEANS CHANGING BEHAVIOUR

Headlines, PublicNet: 23 March, 2007

IMPROVING EFFICIENCY MEANS CHANGING BEHAVIOUR

 

Following the Budget Statement by the Chancellor efficiency remains high on the public service agenda, but savings will not be realized without a change of behaviour. This is the conclusion from Kable, one of the UK’s leading experts on public sector ICT markets, in the latest analysis of expenditure up to 2012.

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THIRD SECTOR PUMP PRIMING FINANCE MAKES SLOW START

Headlines, PublicNet: 23 March, 2007

THIRD SECTOR PUMP PRIMING FINANCE MAKES SLOW START

 

The finance scheme for the third sector launched in 2004 has been slow to get off the ground. The scheme is operated by Futurebuilders England Ltd which is a consortium of Charity Bank, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, the Northern Rock Foundation and Unity Trust Bank. The Futurebuilders Advisory Panel set up by the Cabinet Office in 2005 to provide advice to ministers believes that the grant culture of the third sector and the commissioning culture of the public sector are at the root of the slow progress.

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A Pain In Your Assets

Features, PublicNet: 23 March, 2007

By Tim Roots The advent of information technology has increased enormously the assets held by schools. Managing these assets to plan for replacement, prevent fraud and renew licences has moved from an occasional chore to a massive undertaking. The author explains how technology can take much of the pain out of asset management.

BRINGING KIDS AND GOVERNMENT TOGETHER

Headlines, PublicNet: 22 March, 2007

BRINGING KIDS AND GOVERNMENT TOGETHER

 

A website has been launched to encourage children from five to eleven to engage with some of the areas of Government that impact on their lives. DirectgovKids aims to help them learn about the society they are growing up in.

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LOCAL GOVERNMENT REFORM IS ABOUT ATTITUDES AND BEHAVIOURS

Headlines, PublicNet: 22 March, 2007

LOCAL GOVERNMENT REFORM IS ABOUT ATTITUDES AND BEHAVIOURS

 

Reforming local government is less about new powers or structures and much more about behaviours and attitudes. This is a key conclusion on the reform agenda from Sir Michael Lyons report: ‘Place-shaping: a shared ambition for the future of local government’.

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