Archives for April 2010

CALL FOR GREATER INVOLVEMENT OF THIRD SECTOR IN DELIVERING TOTAL PLACE

Headlines, PublicNet: 27 April, 2010

Total Place initiatives, which bring together service providers in a local area, should have a greater third sector involvement. But changes must be made before this can happen.

Ringfencing of budgets makes it difficult to commission third sector providers who work across the budget silos. A one place one budget-a single budget for an area would remove the problem of ringfencing and enable local areas to design and commission their own solutions.

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CONNECTED COUNCILLORS: A GUIDE TO USING SOCIAL MEDIA TO SUPPORT LOCAL LEADERSHIP

Book News, PublicNet: 27 April, 2010

Social media is changing the way we work, socialise and govern. It can also help councils save money. This new publication shows how social media can be used to achieve more for less.

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SOCIAL SERVICES LEADER POINTS TO TOUGH YEAR AHEAD

Headlines, PublicNet: 26 April, 2010

The new leader of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services has warned that social care is facing a tough twelve months. Richard Jones, who is the Association’s incoming President, said challenges would include maintaining the momentum for a sustainable settlement for care and support

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CALL FOR CANDIDATES TO BACK REGENERATION OF MARKET TOWNS

Headlines, PublicNet: 26 April, 2010

General election candidates are being asked to make a personal commitment to measures to revitalise and regenerate small towns. Action for Market Towns made the plea and said market towns could hold the key to the poll.

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BOOSTING EFFICIENCY THROUGH INNOVATIVE PROCUREMENT

Abstracts, PublicNet: 26 April, 2010

This programme is now available to view on localgov.tv the online television channel for public service modernisation. It describes how the innovation of smarter procurement tools can help meet efficiency targets and greater outsourcing requirements.

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FIGURES SHOW RISE IN DEMAND FOR CHILD PROTECTION SERVICES

Headlines, PublicNet: 23 April, 2010

Social workers dealing with cases of neglect and child abuse have seen a dramatic and sustained rise in the numbers of cases at the “front door” of safeguarding services in the past two years. Research carried out for the Association of Directors of Children’s Services shows that cases where staff have had to investigate and identify possible harm to children have risen by more than 20 per cent.

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CHURCH CALLS ON COUNCILS TO HELP AVERT CRISIS OVER BURIAL GROUNDS

Headlines, PublicNet: 23 April, 2010

Local authorities in Wales are facing a call for a co-ordinated approach to providing and managing burial grounds. The Church in Wales says such an approach is the only way to prevent a crisis in the next ten years.

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PUTTING CUSTOMERS AT THE CENTRE OF POLICE SERVICE

Features, PublicNet: 23 April, 2010

Tackling crime successfully depends on efficient back room processes as well as sharp eyed detective work. The article describes how the manual processes for receiving information about crimes and monitoring the action taken were replaced with a system which joined up the processes, kept everyone in the picture and made less demands on the public.

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COUNCILS URGED TO JOIN OPEN ELECTION DATA PROJECT

Headlines, PublicNet: 22 April, 2010

Local authorities are being encouraged to join a drive to make local election results readily available online. The call has come from Socitm and the Local Government Association both of which are backing the Open Election Data Project.

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MOST POPULAR LIBRARY CELEBRATES ‘HAT-TRICK’

Headlines, PublicNet: 22 April, 2010

The Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library has been named Britain’s most popular for the third year in a row. Latest figures from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy show that more than 1.5 million people visited the library in the year up to March 2009.

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