Archives for June 2009

LOCAL GOVERNMENT SETS OUT MANIFESTO ‘TO REBALANCE DEMOCRACY’

Headlines, PublicNet: 30 June, 2009

Council leaders have published their own plans for a rebalancing of democracy in favour of voters. The Local Government Association published its manifesto for a new politics as hundreds of councillors met for their annual conference and as the Prime Minister set out his vision for what he called a ‘fairer, stronger and more prosperous society’.

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COUNCILS JOIN RURAL ECONOMIES ‘SUMMIT’

Headlines, PublicNet: 30 June, 2009

Representatives of local authorities will join business leaders, members of community organisations and staff from economic development agencies from around the country today to look at how inspiration and leadership can help rural economies to fulfil their potential.

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THE IMPACT OF SCHOOL LEADERSHIP ON PUPIL OUTCOMES

Book News, PublicNet: 30 June, 2009

By Christopher Day, Pam Sammons, David Hopkins, Alma Harris, Ken Leithwood, Qing Gu, Eleanor Brown, Elpida Ahtaridou and Alison Kington.

The report sets out findings from research which focused on schools that were identified to have significantly raised pupil attainment levels over a three year period. Many of the schools continued to maintain or further improve their results in subsequent years. This indicates that improvement has become embedded in the school’s work and culture.

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REPORT SEES BIG SAVINGS IN GIVING CITIZENS CONTROL OVER PERSONAL DATA

Headlines, PublicNet: 29 June, 2009

A new report says effective use of Information Technology has the potential to allow people to exercise real choice and control over schools, GPs, hospitals and other public services. The report from the Centre for Policy Studies says the Government will spend about 16.5m billion pounds on IT in this financial year but most of that money is wasted as only 30 per cent of projects succeed.

In “It’s ours: why we, not government, must own our data”, Liam Maxwell says improving Government use of IT is not just a question of effective project management but also of changing the assumptions behind it. He says the choice is between continuing the ‘Transformational Government’ agenda, which relies on the state holding personal data, or giving control over personal data to individual citizens.

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AUDIT COMMISSION IN TALKS OVER PROPOSED JOB CUTS

Headlines, PublicNet: 29 June, 2009

The Audit Commission is talking to unions about planned job cuts. It is proposing to cut its field force numbers by 100 with the planned redundancies taking place during this financial year.

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DIGITAL BRITAIN AND COUNCILS

Abstracts, PublicNet: 29 June, 2009

This programme is now available to view on egovtv.tv, the online television channel for public service modernisation. In this interview, Antony Walker, Chief Executive of the Broadband Stakeholder Group – the government’s leading advisory group on broadband – discusses the opportunities and challenges following the recommendation in the Digital Britain report by Lord Carter for every home to have access to broadband by 2012.

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COUNCILS URGED TO MAKE EVERY POUND OF SPENDING WORK FOR LOCAL PEOPLE

Headlines, PublicNet: 26 June, 2009

Council officers have been urged to look at every pound they spend to ensure it is benefiting local people. The Communities and Local Government Secretary, John Denham, told members of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy that the days when councils could claim every problem could be answered by a cheque from Whitehall were over.

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STUDY SETS OUT ACTION NEEDED TO TACKLE WELSH CHILD POVERTY

Headlines, PublicNet: 26 June, 2009

More action is needed to tackle child poverty in Wales, according to new research from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. It says the Welsh Assembly Government needs a more coherent and up-to-date approach to deal with the problem.

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CELEBRATING TEN YEARS OF HEALTHIER LIVING AND LEARNING

Features, PublicNet: 26 June, 2009

By Jeremy Wight

Health, wellbeing and attainment are closely bound up with each other and all three have to be promoted at the same time. Poverty of aspiration underlies failures in areas such as teenage pregnancy, drugs and alcohol. The National Healthy Schools Programme, which tackles all these issues, is celebrating its tenth anniversary year. It has become well-established as one of the country’s most widely embraced non-statutory government initiatives in schools.

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RESEARCH SHOWS ROAD BUILDING RUNNING MILLIONS OVER BUDGET

Headlines, PublicNet: 25 June, 2009

A campaign group says new research which it is publishing today counters the case for building more roads because proposed new routes are running over budget and that they are unlikely to solve traffic problems even if they go ahead.

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