Archives for July 2011

FRUSTRATION IN DEVELOPING SHARED SERVICES

Headlines, PublicNet: 11 July, 2011

The Mayor of London’s plans to make savings by sharing services have met opposition from the different organisations within the capital. There is frustration that services can be shared without any adverse effect on performance or staff, but resistance from senior managers has put the savings target in jeopardy.

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OVERCOMING FEARS AND DOUBTS OF CLOUD COMPUTING

Features: 8 July, 2011

By Constantine Galonis.

Cloud computing, which allows oganisations to share resources, software and applications, can bring radical change to public sector ICT services. Using the cloud will reduce costs and risks and bring scalability, and resilience. But many top managers believe the risks are too great. The author looks at the reality of cloud computing.

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MANAGERS AND LEADERS WHO CAN

Book News, PublicNet: 7 July, 2011

By Ruth Spellman.

This groundbreaking management book provides a vision and road-map for making sense of the new world we live in as it affects management and leadership.

Looking at the new economic and social circumstances of the post-recession world and examining the implications holistically for management and leadership, for governments, employers and individuals alike, this book provides practical guidance and illustrations on how to take forward the development challenge on a national, organizational and individual level.

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GLOUCESTERSHIRE JOINS UP CHILDREN’S SERVICES

Headlines, PublicNet: 6 July, 2011

Early intervention services for children and young people in Gloucestershire will become more effective as the Council steps up joint working across multiple agencies. Social and health care professionals will share new IT systems which will remove internal frontiers.

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COMMUNITY BUDGET EXTENSION SPEEDS UP

Headlines, PublicNet: 5 July, 2011

Local authorities have been invited to take part in the Community Budget extension and some 50 councils, in addition to the pilot areas, are expected to sign up before the end of the financial year. The budgets will be used for families with multiple problems.

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GOVERNMENT IS BREAKING “PSYCHOLOGICAL CONTRACT”

Headlines, PublicNet: 4 July, 2011

A Lack of understanding of the psychology of public sector service risks greatly exaggerating the effect of cuts on the public sector and could help cause industrial action, according to Rob Briner, Professor of Organisational Psychology at Birkbeck University of London

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INNOVATION REPLACES PRIVATISATION IN PUBLIC SERVICE REFORM

Headlines, PublicNet: 1 July, 2011

The modest timetable for extending Community Budgets has been scrapped and there is to be a rapid extension with new pilot projects to explore innovative ways for further development. Community Budgets open the way for creating new forms of service delivery and it is clear that innovation will play the central role in reform plans rather then privatisation.

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