Archives for June 2008

ENGAGING WITH CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE TO MAKE SURE THEY GET THE SERVICES THEY NEED

Features, PublicNet: 20 June, 2008

By Robert Maragh.

There is a growing view that services need to be shaped by and responsive to children and young people – but what does this mean in practice? Robert Maragh, Head of Integrated Children’s Commissioning in the London Borough of Newham, explains how his team makes sure that children and young people are involved at every stage of the commissioning process, and why services are improving as a result.

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COUNCILS ON TRACK TO EXCEED EFFICIENCY TARGETS

Headlines, PublicNet: 19 June, 2008

Councils are on track to make efficiency savings of 3.2 bn pounds over the past four years. This is 1 bn pounds more than the efficiency target they were set. The savings are equivalent to 123 pounds off the average Band D council tax bill. The new target is to save 4.9 bn pounds over the next three years. These savings can be used to reduce Council tax bills or invest in local services.

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PUBLIC SECTOR PROCUREMENT MOVING AWAY FROM THE CHEAPEST TENDER

Headlines, PublicNet: 19 June, 2008

Public sector procurement has traditionally been notoriously price driven. But a survey published by international recruitment consultancy Badenoch & Clark shows that this is now starting to change. More than eight out of ten of those questioned claimed that making procurement decisions based purely on price does not deliver value for money.

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THE HANDBOOK OF HIGH PERFORMANCE VIRTUAL TEAMS: A TOOLKIT FOR COLLABORATING ACROSS BOUNDARIES

Book News, PublicNet: 19 June, 2008

Editors Jill Nemiro, Michael M. Beyerlein, Lori Bradley and Susan Beyerlein.

The Handbook is an essential resource for leaders, virtual team members, and work group leaders. The editors provide approved framework based on five principles for working collaboratively across boundaries of time, space, and culture.

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GETTING SOLUTIONS TO MATHS PROBLEMS

Headlines, PublicNet: 18 June, 2008

Plans have been announced to change the attitudes of teachers and children to maths through a programme which will see at least one teacher in every primary school in England going through maths training.

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EUROPE TACKLES WASTE MOUNTAIN

Headlines, PublicNet: 18 June, 2008

MEPs have adopted new EU rules designed to tackle the 1.8 billion tonnes of waste generated each year in Europe.The vote followed a series of negotiations between the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers. The text now passes to the Council of Ministers, which is expected to confirm the vote at its next meeting.

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TACKLING GANGS

Abstracts, PublicNet: 18 June, 2008

This guide from the Home office provides a range of key approaches to tackling violent street gangs. The approaches have been used successfully in pilot project areas. The guide supports local partnership in devising a gangs strategy and in understanding the range of tools available to deliver the strategy.

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CARSBERG REVIEW RECOMMENDS NEW REGULATOR FOR RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY MARKET

Headlines, PublicNet: 17 June, 2008

The Carsberg review has concluded that the residential property market is not working well, because clients are not well informed about the qualifications of different agents, or about what to expect from them in the way of service. The review has recommended that regulation of the market should be moved from the Office of Fair Trading to a new regulator.

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DIRECT DEBIT CHALLENGE LEAGUE

Headlines, PublicNet: 17 June, 2008

The Bacs Payment Schemes Limited has launched a Challenge League that draws on the heritage of fantasy football style competitions and is a free-to-use, reality league, based on real data. The League will allow councils to benchmark their performance and compare their achievements against those of similar sized organisations that are also trying to drive up Direct Debit use for the regular payment of Council Tax and Business Rate bills.

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TICK ACHIEVE: HOW TO GET STUFF DONE

Book News, PublicNet: 17 June, 2008

By Kevin Duncan

How many times have you thought of something crucial to do and then forgotten it completely? That’s why people invented lists. And very useful they are too, if, and only if, they are used effectively. Put thirty things on a list, and it becomes too daunting. Put three things on, and there’s no point in having a list. And so we have refined the art of list writing to allow for about ten or twenty things to do.

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