Archives for July 6th, 2009

PROPERTY ASSET REVIEW PILOT HIGHLIGHTS POTENTIAL FOR BANKABLE SAVINGS

Headlines, PublicNet: 6 July, 2009

A review of property assets held by councils in the West Midlands has identified the potential for 700 million pounds of cashable savings over 10 years for the region in capital receipts and revenue savings. The asset management programme was by 4ps, which works with local authorities to secure funding and in projects and programmes, and Improvement and Efficiency West Midlands.

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SECRETARY OF STATE JOINS ONLINE ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT DEBATE

Headlines, PublicNet: 6 July, 2009

People are being invited to join an online debate about the environment and energy infrastructure which has begun with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Miliband, answering a series of questions from countryside campaigners. The Campaign to Protect Rural England is today posting Mr. Miliband’s answers at www.cpre.org.uk/debates and asking anyone interested to contribute to the discussion. The Secretary of State will then respond to the public comments at the end of July.

In answer to the initial questions, Mr. Miliband clarified his controversial statement that it should ‘be socially unacceptable to be against wind turbines in your area like not wearing a seatbelt or driving past a zebra crossing’. He has acknowledged that local communities have an important role and that there are places where wind farms might not be suitable. He has also accepted that constructing new energy infrastructure in National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty could be justified only in exceptional circumstances.

In other answers he has refused to rule out more opencast coal mining but he has repeated his commitment to all new coal power stations being fitted with Carbon Capture and Storage systems.

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BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION

Abstracts, PublicNet: 6 July, 2009

This programme is now available to view on egovtv.tv, the online television channel for public service modernisation. It describes the long-term Business Transformation programme adopted by Birmingham City Council. The programme is expected to deliver over £1.6 billion in cashable savings over 10 years through more efficient ways of working. The Council adopted a joint venture approach with Capita, to form Service Birmingham.

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