Archives for July 2014

LOCAL ENTERPRISE PARTNERSHIPS GET BOOST FROM SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

Abstracts, PublicNet: 28 July, 2014

Social enterprises and rural development are important in helping Local Enterprise Partnerships to achieve their objectives according to new research.

Research by Defra found LEPs value and positively engage with the rural social enterprise sector. The interviews also revealed the benefits of this, including the ability of social enterprises to support economic growth and create employment opportunities, and help to meet social objectives.

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COULD TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT MORE EFFECTIVE EARLY HELP FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

Features, PublicNet: 25 July, 2014

Phil Neal examines the findings of a recent survey on the topic of early intervention and asks how technology can support children’s services teams in rolling out successful strategies.

The financial cost of the UK’s 120,000 troubled families is estimated to be £9 billion per year, according to government research. But a staggering £8 billion of this is reportedly spent reacting to the often complex circumstances experienced by these families.

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KEEPING UP TO DATE WITH CUSTOMER SERVICE

Features, PublicNet: 18 July, 2014

As IT systems come on to the market they are adopted and fitted into the pattern of existing systems. Ultimately, the point is reached where the collection of legacy systems becomes unreliable and uneconomic. This feature describes how Burnley Borough Council replaced legacy systems with a platform to handle its customer relations management needs and keep up with web developments.

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OLDER WORKERS TO FILL GAP LEFT BY YOUNGER WORKERS

Headlines, PublicNet: 16 July, 2014

As the number of younger workers declines in the next ten years, older workers will take their place. To help this transition the Government has appointed a Business Champion for Older Workers.

Demographic changes present major opportunities for employers to harness the benefits of taking on older staff, but also pose a serious threat to businesses which continue to believe they can rely solely on a young workforce. In the next 10 years, there will be 700,000 fewer people aged 16-49 in the UK labour market but 3.7m more people aged between 50 and state pension age.

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PREPARING FOR A NEW FUTURE IN SPECIAL NEEDS PROVISION

Features, PublicNet: 11 July, 2014

Phil Neal discusses the impact of the new Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans on local authorities and explains how technology can make it easier for them to meet the needs of children and their families.

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HOW VIRTUAL SCHOOL HEADS CAN BETTER MONITOR LOOKED-AFTER CHILDREN

Features, PublicNet: 4 July, 2014

Stephen Clark discusses how virtual school heads can more accurately monitor looked-after children.

A recent freedom of information request from the Sunday Times shows that 4,852 looked-after children were reported missing between January 2012 and December 2013.

This is a shocking figure; but the fact is that local authorities have difficulty tracking children in care as they are more likely than others to move schools or areas than children not in care.

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TROUBLED FAMILIES PROGRAMME STRUGGLING TO DELIVER

Headlines, PublicNet: 2 July, 2014

The ‘troubled families’ programme, which is designed to turn around the lives of some of the most disadvantaged families, is unlikely to meet its targets because it is proving very difficult to identify the families that need help.

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FAMILY MOSAIC

Features, PublicNet: 1 July, 2014

Paying the rent has changed over the years. Direct debit has replaced the rent collector who took the cash on a weekly basis. Housing benefit tenants now pay the landlord. Change will continue as Universal Credit rolls six benefits into one. This feature describes how social landlords are helping tenants cope with change and minimize arrears.

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