Archives for August 2009

NEW INVESTIGATION OF LOCAL SERVICES

Headlines, PublicNet: 18 August, 2009

Young people are being invited to take part in an investigation of local services to find out how they are doing and to offer suggestions for improvement. The scheme is hosted by the National Children’s Bureau for the Look Listen Change consortium which includes the British Youth Council, KIDS, the National Centre for Excellence in Residential Child Care and the Council for Disabled Children.

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EFFECTIVE PARTNERSHIP DATA MANAGEMENT

Book News, PublicNet: 18 August, 2009

Public bodies develop information systems to meet the very specific objectives they are seeking to achieve. Each solution is a child of its time and circumstances. Partnership working creates a new situation which requires an over-arching view of the relationship with the citizen. Managing data so that the citizen who needs multiple services is not left to join up the various islands of service is crucial to transforming service delivery through partnerhsips.

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KEEPING HIGH STREETS VIBRANT

Headlines, PublicNet: 17 August, 2009

Areas hardest hit by the recession are to get grants of £50,000 to help find creative ways to reduce the negative impact of empty shops in high streets. Many high streets in areas of high deprivation are seeing empty shops boarded up because of the downturn, which is impacting on consumer and business confidence. The grants will allow the shops to be re-opened as facilities for communities.

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HOUSING ASSOCIATIONS WEATHERING THE STORM OF RECESSION

Headlines, PublicNet: 17 August, 2009

Housing associations are demonstrating that they have the financial capacity to survive the downturn without adversely impacting on delivering services to tenants. Their actions in managing their businesses have enabled them to withstand the turbulence in the financial markets. The Association?s watchdog, the Tenant Services Authority, said they are thriving in the continuing difficult housing and credit market conditions.

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CITIZENSHIP SURVEY

Abstracts, PublicNet: 17 August, 2009

People feel less empowered, but believe cohesion in their neighbourhood is increasing according to the Citizenship Survey from Communities and Local Government.

In the year ending March 2009, 39 per cent of people felt they could influence decisions in their local area compared to 44 per cent in 2001. At the national level 22 per cent of people felt they could influence decisions affecting Great Britain compared to 25 per cent in 2001.

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COMPARE HOSPITALS.NHS.UK

Headlines, PublicNet: 14 August, 2009

The NHS has extended the range of comparison websites with the launch of a site to help patients decide which hospital to choose for treatment. Patients are able to get the information they need to make a choice of hospital in the same way they might use ComparetheMarket.com.

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NEW STUDY RANKS CITIES ON DESIRABILITY SCALE

Headlines, PublicNet: 14 August, 2009

Following a survey by YouGov , a PlaceIndex has ranked Britain’s major cities by various factors including cultural experience, atmosphere, ease of getting around, shops and restaurants, safety, investment potential and recommendation to visit. The indicators were combined to form an overall “desirability” score.

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LISTENING IS NOT ENOUGH

Features, PublicNet: 14 August, 2009

By David M Allen

There are many listening organizations across the public, private and third sectors, but not so many hearing organizations. Listening and hearing are quite different ideas. Hearing implies that the organization is seeking information as a basis for action and that it has questions that need answers. The author contrast listening and hearing and shows that the true distinction is whether anything changes.

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TACKLING EXTREMISM SHOULD HAVE A BROADER FOCUS SAYS THINKTANK

Headlines, PublicNet: 13 August, 2009

The Government’s flagship scheme on tackling extremism is alienating Muslim communities and should be scrapped according to a new report. The New Local Government Network thinktank is calling for the £45million scheme to focus on tackling all extremism, including far-right extremists, rather than just
focusing on Islamic extremism.

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TELL YOUNG PEOPLE WHAT ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE

Headlines, PublicNet: 13 August, 2009

Many young people are not aware of the sport and leisure activities provided for them in their local area. The Department for Children Families and Schools wants local councils to publicise what is on offer.

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