Archives for January 2012

COASTING SCHOOLS TARGETED IN OFSTED BID TO RAISE STANDARDS

Headlines, PublicNet: 17 January, 2012

Schools that are content to muddle along without trying hard to improve will be targeted by Ofsted as a result of changes in assessment processes.

The current processes classify schools with flat-lining poor results as satisfactory. It is argued that this perpetuates a complacent attitude that says things are OK just as they are. It is claimed that abolishing that label and replacing it with a new one: ‘requires improvement’ will drive improvement.

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BETTER PROPERTY MANAGEMENT SAVES £100M

Headlines, PublicNet: 17 January, 2012

The government has saved £100m in the first nine months of the financial year by introducing strict property controls and getting a better grip on the property estate.

The savings are from the national property controls, which include a requirement for Cabinet Office approval for all new leases and property acquisitions, and surplus buildings being examined for sub-letting or sale. Space is also used more effectively – for example, Cabinet Office staff led the way by moving into the Treasury building earlier this year, which was the first major example of co-location in Whitehall.

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KEEPING SENSITIVE DATA UNDER LOCK AND KEY

Features, PublicNet: 13 January, 2012

Loss of sensitive data is a threat to any organisation. High profile data losses constantly provide news headlines, whether the loss was accidental or the result of deliberate theft. Outsourcing records management is one route to data protection and this feature describes how the City of London Police chose outsourcing as the best route to follow.

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AGE OF OPPORTUNITY: OLDER PEOPLE, VOLUNTEERING AND THE BIG SOCIETY

Abstracts, PublicNet: 12 January, 2012

The report demonstrates that older people are already a fundamental part of the government’s Big Society vision and considers how their level of engagement can be maintained and increased. The report was produced by Res Publica in conjunction with Independent Age.

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NUDGE CITIZENS TO CHANGE BEHAVIOUR URGES REPORT

Headlines, PublicNet: 11 January, 2012

Councils could save £3 billion per year by managing demand for services and changing citizens’ behaviour, according to new research from iMPOWER.

The report, Changing The Game, identifies a critical role for behaviour change in local government amid financial constraint and spiralling demand for services.However, the study also reveals the hurdles councils need to overcome to change behaviours, including a lack of trust between councils and their communities.

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TELEHEALTH SLOW TO EXPAND AS CULTURE TRUMPS TECHNOLOGY

Headlines, PublicNet: 9 January, 2012

Telehealth and telecare save lives, provide a better experience for patients and cut costs. At least three million people with long term conditions could benefit and it is estimated that it could save around £1.2 billion over the next five years. Despite the benefits there are only about 5000 users. The healthcare culture is proving resistant to change.

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