Archives for August 2008

MORE SPECIAL CONSTABLES TO SUPPORT NEIGHBOURING POLICING

Headlines, PublicNet: 22 August, 2008

The special constabulary has grown by 3000 in the last four years and the Home Office has announced that a further 3000 special constables will be recruited in the next three years. The new recruits will bring the total up to 20,000.

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DESIGNING CITIZEN-CENTRED GOVERNANCE

Features, PublicNet: 22 August, 2008

By Marian Barnes, Chris Skelcher, Hanne Beirens, Robert Dalziel, Stephen Jeffares and Lynne Wilson

The challenge for governing communities is about creating organizations to deliver public services while promoting the values of local democracy. Citizen participation and partnership working have become key issues. The authors looked at the different approaches to citizen centred governance. They also look to the future with greater citizen participation, more transparency of decision-making and a commitment to experimentation.

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NO MORE CLING FILM COCONUT

Headlines, PublicNet: 21 August, 2008

The Local Government Association has responded to the House of Lords Science Committee report on waste management, by calling on businesses to match the efforts local people have made in recent years to reduce the country’s reliance on landfill. Reducing packaging is vital to avoid paying more landfill tax and EU fines. “The days of the cling film coconut must come to an end”.

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF TEACHERS AND CHILDREN’S WORKFORCE FAILING TO DELIVER

Headlines, PublicNet: 21 August, 2008

Nearly three-quarters of people responsible for the professional development of staff in schools lack awareness of the range of continuing professional development options available. A culture heavy workloads and poor prioritising is preventing middle managers developing their skills in the children’s workforce. These are key findings from research by the Training and Development Agency for Schools and the Children’s Workforce Development Council.

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A NEW REALITY: GOVERNMENT AND THE IPOD GENERATION

Book News, PublicNet: 21 August, 2008

This report from Reform, an independent thinktank, suggests that government can be transformed for the better if it adopts some of the values of the IPOD generation, which is characterised as insecure, pressurised, over-taxed and debt-ridden. Developing a more open approach to government, providing principled leadership and professionalism as well as communicating in exciting and imaginative ways is seen as the way forward.

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SOCIAL ENTERPRISE GETS INVESTMENT BOOST

Headlines, PublicNet: 20 August, 2008

A wide range of investors have backed a Cabinet Office proposal to set up a risk capital investment fund for the 55,000 social enterprise businesses in the UK. The proposal describes an equity-like investment scheme where Government funding will be matched by private investment.

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BANK CARD FOR HOUSING BENEFIT CLAIMANTS

Headlines, PublicNet: 20 August, 2008

Alliance & Leicester has introduced a prepaid card payments solution for local councils in the wake of the government’s scheme to transfer payment of housing benefit to claimants, rather than their landlords.

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THIRD SECTOR INVESTMENT PROGRAMME

Abstracts, PublicNet: 20 August, 2008

The Department of Health has published details of the Investment Programme for third sector organisations working in areas which are the responsibility of the Health Service and local councils.

The document helps third sector organisation decide if this funding stream is applicable to both their organisation and the proposed activity for which they are seeking funding. It sets out the funding themes for 2009-10, the priority areas for each theme and the criteria to be used for assessing applications. A timetable is provided for the whole process from application through to decision.

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CONCERN AT SCRUTINY COMMITTEE’S CONFLICT OF INTEREST WITH HEALTH NETWORKS

Headlines, PublicNet: 19 August, 2008

When the newly established Local Involvement Networks identify concerns about local health or social care services, they refer the issues to the scrutiny committee of the local council. Consultations on the management the new Networks has revealed worries about a potential conflict of interest that may result form this arrangement.

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BUYING SOLUTIONS GETS A GOOD DEAL FROM HEWLETT PACKARD

Headlines, PublicNet: 19 August, 2008

OGCbuying.solutions, an Executive Agency of HM Treasury, has secured a deal with Hewlett Packard that allows public bodies to buy a range of commonly purchased print devices at discounts ranging up to 50%.

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