Archives for June 2008

CALL FOR COUNCILS TO CONTROL LOCAL HEALTH AND POLICE

Headlines, PublicNet: 25 June, 2008

A local government think tank has begun a consultation process which is designed to refocus public services towards the citizen. The consultation paper, ‘Getting to the heart of local accountability’, has been produced by the Local Government Information Unit and suggests there should be a single commissioning process for all local public services.

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STRESS: TIPS FOR MANAGERS

Abstracts, PublicNet: 25 June, 2008

Research funded by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the Health and Safety Executive and Investors in People has led to the development of a competency framework setting out the key management behaviours for managing stress at work.

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FUTURE SCHOOLS PROGRAMME SPEEDED UP FOR EIGHT COUNCILS

Headlines, PublicNet: 24 June, 2008

Eight local authorities are being fast-tracked into the Building Schools for the Future programme. They will now be able to begin developing plans with an estimated value of more than 600 million pounds.

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SOCIAL SERVICES DIRECTORS WELCOME DEMENTIA CONSULTATION

Headlines, PublicNet: 24 June, 2008

Directors of adult social services have given strong backing to a Government consultation which has been launched to help shape the content of its Dementia Strategy, due to be published in the autumn. Jenny Owen, the Vice President of ADASS, said the process marked the beginning of important improvements in the way people suffering with dementia were cared for.

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THE LEADER OF THE FUTURE 2

Book News, PublicNet: 24 June, 2008

Editors: Frances Hesselbein and Marshall Goldsmith

The book sets out visions, strategies and practices for the new era. It follows in the footsteps of the international bestseller The Leader of the Future, which has been translated into twenty-eight languages, and is one of the most widely distributed edited collections on leadership todate.

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SOCIAL ENTERPRSES STIMULATING INNOVATION

Headlines, PublicNet: 23 June, 2008

Local authorities looking for innovative new ways of delivering services to deal with the drive for more responsive services in a tight financial climate are turning to social enterprise companies. The inclusion of social enterprises among those bidding for contracts is also stimulating other contractors to come up with innovative solutions. Social enterprises can range from local recycling projects, credit unions, and art studios to the Big Issue magazine and Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurants.

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250 YOUNG PEOPLE IN COURT

Headlines, PublicNet: 23 June, 2008

Over 250 12-14 year olds from around the UK appeared in Leeds Magistrates’ Court on Saturday 21st June 2008. They were taking part in the National Final of the Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial Competition run by the Citizenship Foundation in partnership with the Magistrates’ Association.

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INVOLVING THE PUBLIC IN MEASURING AND REPORTING LOCAL GOVERNMENT PERFORMANCE

Abstracts, PublicNet: 23 June, 2008

This article describes a project in the United States designed to allow the public to assess how well local councils are performing.

The general public assesses the performance of councils by indicators that differ from those used by councils themselves. They are not concerned about throughput or operational statistics, which councils and central government consider vital. Their concern is the outcome and this is the measure of success. The gap in information flow and communication between the public and local councils probably accounts for the feeling expressed frequently about powerlessness to affect changes in services.

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PARENTS SIDELINED WHEN CHILDREN TAKEN INTO CARE

Headlines, PublicNet: 20 June, 2008

Parents feel left out of their children’s lives when they are taken into care. Some describe it as “a living nightmare, hell on earth” and “…a never ending battle. No one listens. No one understands.” These findings come from a report by the Children’s Rights Director for England, Dr Roger Morgan. The report is based on a survey of the views of children and their parents. The survey also revealed that most parents think that their child is being looked after very well by the local council.

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SPOT CHECKS ON SOCIAL HOUSING TO DRIVE UP STANDARDS

Headlines, PublicNet: 20 June, 2008

The Audit Commission is introducing short notice inspections for housing associations following a successful pilot programme. The shorterinspections will take less time to complete than the conventional inspections,as they will specifically target weaker services. This new approach will helpto drive through improvements in services to tenants and leaseholders and also reducethe regulatory burden.

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