Archives for March 2014

NO LINK BETWEEN HIGH GOVERNMENT SPENDING AND GROWTH SAY THINKTANK

Abstracts, PublicNet: 17 March, 2014

The widely held assumption that high government expenditure in areas such as education can have a positive impact on GDP growth is challenged by the Centre for Policy Studies.

This study is the first investigation on the correlation between the composition of public expenditure and economic growth in developed economies. This new research, based on OECD data for 19 developed economies for which consistent data is available, shows that government spending on education as a proportion of GDP had no discernible correlation with real GDP economic growth.

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MEETING THE CHALLENGE OF INTEGRATED HEALTHCARE

Features, PublicNet: 14 March, 2014

The split of responsibility for health care between the NHS and local authorities has long been recognised as inefficient and not in the interests of those who use the services. Despite the logic of providing a seamless healthcare system, the process of integration has been slow. This feature describes how the integration process is moving on with the evolution of the Better Care Fund.

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PROJECT MANAGEMENT LEADERSHIP

Book News, PublicNet: 13 March, 2014

Building creative teams and developing key leadership skills and managerial styles is essential for development of effective project management.

The authors, Rory Burke and Steve Barron, provide a comprehensive guide to the human side of project management.

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COUNCIL TAX SUPPORT NOT WORKING SAY MPs

Headlines, PublicNet: 12 March, 2014

The transfer of responsibility for Council Tax support from central government to local councils in April 2013 was intended to contribute to the wider welfare reform. The Public Accounts Committee found that it failed to do this.

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MP’S CALL FOR TIGHTER GOVERNANCE OF A&E SERVICES

Headlines, PublicNet: 10 March, 2014

The Public Accounts Committee wants the Department for Health to get a better grip on the governance of Accident and Emergency services which are struggling to cope with increasing demand.

When officials of ?the Department of Health and NHS England appeared before the Committee they struggled to explain who is ultimately accountable for the efficient delivery of local A&E services and for intervening when there are problems.??The Committee believes that without clear accountability and responsibility it is much more difficult to achieve the changes needed to improve the situation.

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WATCHDOG WARNS OF RISK TO TAXPAYERS FROM HELP TO BUY SCHEME

Headlines, PublicNet: 7 March, 2014

Help to Buy equity loans are making homes more affordable to buyers and improving access to mortgage finance, but the cost to the taxpayer, in present value terms, is uncertain at this stage and the DCLG cannot yet robustly quantify the economic benefits.

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CALL FOR FUNDAMENTAL SHIFT IN HEALTHCARE DELIVRY

Headlines, PublicNet: 6 March, 2014

A fundamental shift is urgently needed in the delivery of health and care to meet the challenges of a rapidly ageing society, say the authors of a new report from The King’s Fund.

The report, Making our health and care systems fit for an ageing population, argues that health and care services have failed to keep up with dramatic demographic changes, which will see one in five people in England over the age of 65 by 2030. It finds that transforming services for older people will require a fundamental shift towards care co-ordinated around individual needs rather than single diseases, and that prioritises prevention and support for maintaining independence.

The authors identify individual components of care that need to improve with goals which include improving collaboration between the NHS and social care to ensure that patients can leave hospital promptly once their treatment is complete, with good support available in the community.

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CALL FOR HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE TO JOIN UP AND PROVIDE A SEAMLESS SERVICE

Headlines, PublicNet: 5 March, 2014

People with long-term conditions such as dementia or diabetes should be given “whole-person care”,according to Ed Miliband the Labour leader . A new report calls for the current system which treats “body parts” to be scrapped.

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STEEP FALL IN SUPPORT FOR COUNCIL TAX FREEZE

Headlines, PublicNet: 4 March, 2014

There has been a dramatic drop in the number of local authorities accepting additional government funding in return for freezing council tax.

The offer of additional funding has been taken up by 231 local authorities. This compares with 358 take ups in the previous year. In percentage terms this represents a drop from 85% to 54%

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GET THINGS DONE: WHAT STOPS SMART PEOPLE ACHIEVING MORE

Book News, PublicNet: 3 March, 2014

Robert Kelsey’s What’s Stopping You? has become a self-help classic. His What’s Stopping You? books have helped thousands of people worldwide overcome their limiting beliefs and bash through their barriers to success.

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