Archives for September 2007

CALL FOR END TO RURAL ROAD SIGN CLUTTER

Headlines, PublicNet: 20 September, 2007

As many as seven out of ten signs on roads in rural areas are unnecessary and could be removed, the Institute of Highway Engineers will be told today. They will see the initial findings of an audit carried out in Hampshire and will hear that the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England and the RAC Foundation are joining forces to call on highway authorities to conduct similar exercises.

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TIME FOR MATURE DEBATE ON FREE CARE SERVICES COUNCILS TOLD

Headlines, PublicNet: 20 September, 2007

Council leaders have been told they will have to begin a mature debate with the local electorate over what care services can continue to be provided without charge, because the forthcoming Comprehensive Spending Review may be tight. Sir Simon Milton, chairman of the Local Government Association, has issued the warning in a letter to senior councillors.

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A WORLD DENIED – WEB ACCESSIBILITY

Abstracts, PublicNet: 19 September, 2007

This DVD from the Society for IT Management is designed to promote better accessibility to websites. Some eight million people in the UK are thought to suffer some form of disability causing difficulties in using a standard screen, keyboard and mouse.

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‘WATERSHED MOMENT’ FOR DEVOLUTION AS NEW LAA GUIDANCE UNVEILED

Headlines, PublicNet: 19 September, 2007

A big step towards more devolution of powers from Whitehall to local councils and communities has come with the unveiling of the first wave of guidance for new Local Area Agreements. One authority that has been working on a pilot project said it hoped the announcement would be the beginning of a new relationship between central and local government.

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CALL FOR QUALITY STANDARD TO CUT OPPOSITION TO NEW HOMES

Headlines, PublicNet: 19 September, 2007

The Commission for the Built Environment is today calling on the Government to make Building for Life the national standard against which design quality is measured in the planning system. At the same time it is warning that more than 7 million people will not get the new homes they need unless there is a marked increase in the quality of new housing.

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THE FUTURE OF HEALTH CARE REFORMS IN ENGLAND

Book News, PublicNet: 18 September, 2007

By Sarah Harvey, Alasdair Liddell and Laurie McMahonHealth reform has long been dogged by the law of unintended consequences. Not only is the service complex, making it difficult to identify appropriate levers of change, but also each part of the system is connected to other parts.

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SCOTS TO EXAMINE MANAGEMENT OF POLICE RESOURCES

Headlines, PublicNet: 18 September, 2007

An inquiry has been launched in Scotland into how police officers are managed and deployed. The Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee will look into a number of issues around the effective use of police resources, including the extra one thousand officers proposed by the Scottish Government.

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DEBATE WILL HEAR BRITAIN IS ‘STILL CAR DEPENDENT’

Headlines, PublicNet: 18 September, 2007

Politicians are being warned today that Britain’s prosperity depends on realistic transport planning rather than hoping there will be a big move to public transport enforced by punitive pricing. Edmund King, executive director of the RAC Foundation, will tell the Liberal Democrat Autumn conference that Britain remains car-dependent.

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NATIONAL MANAGEMENT SURVEY

Abstracts, PublicNet: 17 September, 2007

This survey from the Chartered Management Institute and Remuneration Economics reveals trends in local government employment.

The findings show resignation rates amongst women in local government stand at 9.7 per cent, up from 4 per cent last year. Representing employees from trainee level to chief executive, this figure is also higher than the national average of 7.8 per cent. The survey also reveals that resignation rates are lower amongst men in the sector at 2.4 per cent, ensuring continuation of the recent trend that sees women more likely to quit their jobs.

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NEW SCHEME TO BOOST HOUSE BUILDING MAY REWARD COUNCILS FOR ‘NUMBERS GAME’

Headlines, PublicNet: 17 September, 2007

A government pledge of an extra 500 million pounds to local authorities that take steps to increase housing provision, including finding land for new homes, risks rewarding those councils that play a crude numbers game, according to the Local Government Association. The LGA believes the announcement ignores the needs of many authorities.

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