Archives for August 2014

MPs SUSPECT COVERUP ON UNIVERSAL CREDIT COSTS

Headlines, PublicNet: 21 August, 2014

The Public Accounts Committee is critical of the way in which the monitoring body for major government IT projects avoided disclosing the escalating cost of the project by resetting the rating. The Committee said that this may have been an attempt to keep information secret and prevent scrutiny.

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UNDERSTANDING TROUBLED FAMILIES

Abstracts, PublicNet: 13 August, 2014

This report from the Department for Communities describes progress of the troubled families programme, the challenges being addressed and the insights gained into the underlying issues.

Troubled families are families who both have problems and often cause problems – where children are truanting or excluded, where there is youth crime or anti-social behaviour and where parents are not working. They also tend to have other problems including domestic violence or drug or alcohol abuse.

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PUBLIC SECTOR RECRUITMENT HITS FIVE YEAR HIGH

Headlines, PublicNet: 12 August, 2014

A survey of recruitment shows that public sector organisations intentions are at the highest for five years.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development survey reveals that recruitment intentions in the public sector have risen to a five year high with 75% indicating that they plan to recruit in the third quarter of 2014. Recruitment intentions are highest in healthcare at 77% and education at 74%. This compares with the private sector where two thirds of employers plan to recruit employees in the next three months.

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PRIVATE INVESTMENT KEY TO SOLVING HEALTH INFRASTRUCTURE CRISIS

Headlines, PublicNet: 11 August, 2014

The property industry has urged the UK’s political parties to set out a new vision for the country’s healthcare estate, warning that the country faces a looming crisis in health infrastructure due to changing demographics and pressure on NHS budgets.

The British Property Federation has launched a campaign to highlight the essential role that property investment will play in helping the NHS to meet the challenges and opportunities posed by a growing and ageing population and advances in medical science.

It announced the campaign would be overseen by a new BPF Healthcare Committee, which will work with government and medical professionals on key policy issues relating to the development of GP surgeries, hospitals and property used for the care and accommodation of the elderly. Businesses on the committee, the first in the UK to represent investors across the full range of healthcare assets, have been brought together from across the health sector and provide modern facilities for the NHS and other healthcare providers.

Numerous reports by health professionals have highlighted the need for increased investment. A survey of GPs by the British Medical Association last month revealed the growing crisis in the quality of primary care premises, with 40% of practices reporting that their current facilities are not adequate to deliver services, and almost 70% saying their facilities are too small to deliver extra or additional services.

It is also estimated that more than two-thirds of care homes are unable to deal with the complex medical needs of residents.

The creation of the committee follows several years of increasing institutional investment in modern healthcare property, with the IPD index indicating that it has grown to £3.44bn.

Liz Peace, Chief Executive of the British Property Federation, said: “Our health service is among the best in the world, but faces a serious challenge over the coming years as it is asked to treat more patients with a smaller budget. Private investment into property will be at the heart of resolving this challenge. Not only is healthcare real estate attractive for long term investors, but it also offers significant contributions to society.

“By providing a unified voice to government on behalf of the real estate industry, we will ensure that it is recognised as an important part of the economy, and of a modern health service, that should not be overlooked. The creation of the Committee proves that private capital is ready and willing to invest in the UK’s health sector, and I hope that our members will play a vital role in shaping the future of the country’s healthcare estate.”

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