Archives for December 2010

NEW SOCIAL HOUSING MODEL LAUNCHED

Headlines, PublicNet: 13 December, 2010

Housing Associations will be able to offer new tenants a new form of tenancy from April 2011. The Affordable Rent option will offer fixed term tenancies at a rent higher than the social housing standard for the area.

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CONCERNS ABOUT CUTS TO DECENT HOMES PROGRAMME

Headlines, PublicNet: 13 December, 2010

The National Federation of ALMOs, whose members manage half of all council housing in England, say tenants feel ‘very betrayed’ following new government proposals that will cut funding for the Decent Homes programme.

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THE BIG SOCIETY AND SERVICES FOR OLDER PEOPLE

Abstracts, PublicNet: 13 December, 2010

THE BIG SOCIETY AND SERVICES FOR OLDER PEOPLE

The LinkAge Plus pilot programme started in 2006 and ended in October 2008. Its aim was to develop new ways of working to meet the needs and aspirations of older people better. The core principles established by the programme are now being taken forward in a modified form as part of the Big Society. The major differences are that there will be increased emphasis on localism and empowerment, a commitment to continually learn and evolve services and increased emphasis on the importance of treating older people as an integral part of the general adult population.

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CALL FOR NEIGHBOURHOOD GROUPS TO PILOT LOCAL PLANNING

Headlines, PublicNet: 10 December, 2010

Proposals to decentralise and streamline the planning system will result in more local decision making. Neighbourhood groups are wanted to pilot the proposed arrangements.

Under the proposals neighbourhood groups will be able to shape development where they live. Communities will be able to come together to decide what their area should look like, where new shops, offices or homes should go and what green spaces should be protected. Parish councils and new neighbourhood forums of local people will lead the way in shaping their community. If local people then vote in favour of new ‘Neighbourhood Plans’ in local referendums, councils will have to adopt them.

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OFSTED REVEALS INADEQUATE CHILDREN’S SERVICES

Headlines, PublicNet: 10 December, 2010

Ofsted’s performance assessment of children’s services found that one third were not performing well. The finding applies to childcare, schools, child protection services and safeguarding, children’s social care and provision in the
learning and skills sector.

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BETT 2011: PROVIDING SOLUTIONS

Features, PublicNet: 10 December, 2010

Over the past few months the education sector has felt the knock on effect of the Government’s changes. The diminishment of programmes such as Building Schools for the Future (BSF), school budget cuts, and the introduction of Free Schools and Academies has presented new – and for some, tough – challenges. The BETT 2011 education show offers a wide range of ideas for responding to the challenges.

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SUPERFAST BROADBAND TO BENEFIT HEALTH AND EDUCATION

Headlines, PublicNet: 8 December, 2010

Plans to give all areas of the UK access to superfast broadband by 2015 will bring benefits to public services, particularly in health and education. The greatest benefits will be in the more rural and remote areas.

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NATIONAL ADDRESS DATABASES BEING MERGED TO CUT COSTS

Headlines, PublicNet: 8 December, 2010

The costs to businesses and essential services for address details will be cut by merging the two different national address lists maintained by councils and Ordnance Survey.

A single ‘address book’ for England and Wales is to be created and made free to the emergency services for the first time. An agreement has been reached to set up a joint venture between Ordnance Survey and the Local Government Group to create a new single source of address data.

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THE LEADERS GUIDE TO STORYTELLING

Book News, PublicNet: 7 December, 2010

By Stephen Denning

The former World Bank executive and master storyteller Stephen Denning used a tale to show why storytelling is a critical skill for leaders. Now, in this hands-on guide, Denning explains how you can learn to tell the right story at the right time.

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OFSTED CALLS ON SCHOOLS TO SHARPEN UP LEADERSHIP

Headlines, PublicNet: 6 December, 2010

The best leadership in schools focuses on improving teaching and learning with headteachers seeing this as their core business. Common characteristics of the best leadership include honest self-evaluation and leadership shared across the school. This is the conclusion of an Ofsted inspection.

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