Archives for August 2007

COUNCILS URGED TO MAKE MORE USE OF CONTRACTS TO CUT ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR

Headlines, PublicNet: 24 August, 2007

Local authorities and the police are being urged to make greater use of Acceptable Behaviour Contracts as a way of nipping anti-social behaviour in the bud. The Home Office says the effective use of the contracts has brought respite to thousands of communities in England and Wales. The call for more use of them came as the Government published guidance for those engaged in the fight against anti-social behaviour.The guidance has been drawn up with help from a number of agencies, including the police and councils. It offers examples of best practice and reflects how Acceptable Behaviour Contracts are being used as part of the toolkit for dealing with anti-social behaviour. The Home Office says 25,000 contracts are in place and the effects are being shown in the 94 per cent of areas where there has been a fall in anti-social behaviour.

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MAKING HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE USER INVOLVEMENT WORK

Features, PublicNet: 24 August, 2007

By Fran Branfield and Peter Beresford with Eamon J. Andrews, Patricia Chambers, Patsy Staddon, Grace Wise and Bob Williams-Findlay. There is an increasing emphasis on user involvement in health and social care policy and practice. Users of services are experts in their own experience. But service providers and researchers have begun to ask what evidence there is that it improves services. The authors present the views of users and suggest ways in which user involvement could be more effective.

THE RIDDLE: WHERE IDEAS COME FROM AND HOW TO HAVE BETTER ONES

Book News, PublicNet: 23 August, 2007

By Andrew J. Razeghi

As technology makes information more readily available to everyone around the world, a key question arises: “How do you turn that information into innovative ideas?” Science has shown that it’s possible to create conditions under which the mind is more prepared to have insights, or “A-ha! moments.”

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DOUBLE SUCCESS FOR COUNCIL’S JAM-BUSTING IDEA

Headlines, PublicNet: 23 August, 2007

A Bristol City Council scheme to persuade commuters to give up their cars in favour of greener ways to get to work was twice as successful this year. ‘Jam Busting June’ designed to move drivers to more sustainable modes of transport, saw 3,000 people take part – double last year’s figure.Figures from the council show that 70,000 car miles were saved, cutting carbon dioxide emissions by 8.3 tonnes. The scheme operated in Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire as well as Bristol for the whole of June.

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REPORT RAISES CONCERNS OVER NURSE PRESCRIPTIONS

Headlines, PublicNet: 23 August, 2007

A report today highlights concerns over the increasing number of drugs being prescribed by nurses and shows there have been particularly big rises in their prescribing of drugs that are seen as requiring complex clinical judgments. The figures have been obtained under the Freedom of Information Act for the medical weekly ‘Pulse’, which is read by 80 per cent of the country’s GPs.It says the figures show the full extent of what it calls ‘the UK’s nurse prescribing revolution’ and that there has been ‘an explosion in nurse prescriptions for antidepressants, antibiotics and cardiac medication.’ The article highlights the gulf between the amount of training given to doctors and that for nurse prescribers.

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HISTORIC DOCUMENTS ON SHORTLIST FOR NEW LIFE ON LINE

Headlines, PublicNet: 22 August, 2007

HISTORIC DOCUMENTS ON SHORTLIST FOR NEW LIFE ON LINE

 

Two local authorities – Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and the City of London – have each had two historic manuscripts shortlisted in a competition that will see them given new life by being made available online. The competition is being run by the British Library, in collaboration with the Society of Chief Librarians and Microsoft, to make valuable and fragile texts available digitally.

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SOUTHAMPTON SIGNS PARTNERSHIP WITH CAPITA

Headlines, PublicNet: 22 August, 2007

SOUTHAMPTON SIGNS PARTNERSHIP WITH CAPITA

 

Southampton City Council has signed a deal with Capita, which the authority says will bring increased investment and help to modernise its key services. Hundreds of council staff will switch to working for the company and local people are likely to see changes quickly with an immediate revamp planned for Gateway, the council’s one stop shop for enquiries.

The City Councils says the ten-year partnership agreement is part of its overall vision to modernise and invest in its services. Under the contract, Capita will bring 25 million pounds to the city in the first three years, which will be used to update IT systems as well as to pay for improvements to Gateway.

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FACTORS INFLUENCING SOCIAL MOBILITY

Abstracts, PublicNet: 22 August, 2007

This report by the Policy Research Institute was commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions. With increasing inequality, social mobility has emerged as a measure of social fairness. Several studies suggest that social mobility may have declined in the UK and this has strengthened strategic and political concern with the issue. The study found that in terms of informing the development of policy responses, it is helpful to think of social mobility as the quality of participation in the labour market.The factors involved in social mobility include social and cultural capital which can help middle-class families confer social advantages on their children, increasing their potential to move upwards and protecting them from downwards movement in the social hierarchy.

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PRESTON POINTS THE WAY ON RECYCLING KITCHEN WASTE

Headlines, PublicNet: 21 August, 2007

 

A pioneering kitchen waste collection system being run by Preston City Council is attracting interest from Sweden and Ireland as well as from authorities around the country. The council is a beacon authority for waste and recycling and has been running the scheme for two years.

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BRITAIN TURNS TO EUROPE FOR HELP WITH FLOOD RECOVERY BILL

Headlines, PublicNet: 21 August, 2007

 

Britain is applying for financial help from Europe to help meet the costs of recovery from this summer’s floods. The Government has submitted an application to the European Commission for support from the European Union Solidarity Fund. A provisional assessment of the damage, based on work with local authorities and other agencies, puts it at four billion Euros. The threshold for an application to the fund is three billion.

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