Book News: May 31st, 2000

Research findings from the Local Government Association’s Supporting Action Zones initiative reveal innovation and improvement in the zones as well as identifying shortcomings. Three key messages have emerged for all involved in zones including, central government, councils, health authorities, local partnerships and Government Regional Offices. There is too much prescription. The resulting stifling of innovation can be countered by allowing short term experimentation. Secondly, a framework is necessary to co-ordinate local activity, and local strategic partnerships appear to offer the best approach for success. Finally, a core role for the zones should be influencing mainstream programmes. The real lessons from the zones must be what they tell us about using mainstream resources more effectively.Published by LGA Information ISBN 1 84049 164 7. Tel: 020 7664 3131

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