MAPPING PUBLIC SERVICE FUNDED INITIATIVES: TACKLING WORKLESSNESS IN DEPRIVED AREAS

Book News: December 9th, 2008

This report sponsored by of the Government Office Network provides a brief ‘snapshot’ of initiatives that are targeted at tackling worklessness and improving delivery to vulnerable groups in deprived areas.

The report is based on information provided by local authorities and other partners and it distils out their learning experience. It includes projects, programmes and joint working practices which are directly aimed at reducing worklessness with both families and individuals. There are descriptions of how barriers to employment are being tackled by providing training, improving skills and reducing anti-social behaviour. It also includes a range of services relating to health and childcare provision, alongside interventions to improve employment opportunities.

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RAISING THE STANDARD: SPECIFICATION FOR DIRECTORS OF HUMAN RESOURCES

Book News: December 4th, 2008

Human resources, as a function, has been criticised for not being able to raise its game to deliver a more strategic approach to the services it offers. This self-assessment framework developed by leading Human Resources professionals within the sector seeks to address the issue.

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DEAL OR NO DEAL? DELIVERING LOCAL AREA AGREEMENTS SUCCESS

Book News: December 2nd, 2008

By Anthony Brand

This publication from the New Local Government Network calls for councils to be handed greater responsibility and more incentives to drive forward Local Area Agreements and argues that the current system is still too inflexible for many local authorities. In an evaluation of the latest wave of Local Area Agreements, NLGN highlights significant achievements through the process, including a more joined-up policy framework. It also warns that significant logjams are preventing the system working more effectively.

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DEALING WITH DIFFICULT PEOPLE

Book News: November 27th, 2008

By Naomi Langford-Wood and Brian Salter

Learning what makes difficult people behave in the way they do is the first step in being able to reduce your stress levels and to operate more successfully as a team. This is a step-by-step guide to encourage managers to look for the warning signs and to analyze what it is that makes others tick.

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LOCAL DECISION MAKING AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Book News: November 25th, 2008

This report from the Sustainable Development Commission describes the key responsibilities of local authorities and their local strategic partnership partners in relation to sustainable development. It also outlines some of the opportunities and challenges that they face and highlights some of the ‘key ingredients’ for delivering sustainable development at the local level.

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ENGLAND’S SEASIDE TOWNS – A BENCHMARK

Book News: November 20th, 2008

This report from Communities and Local Government presents a statistical picture of seaside towns. It has been prepared following a Select Committee inquiry and will be used for policy development.

The principal seaside resorts have a combined population of just under 2.9 million, or nearly 6 per cent of England’s population, which is as much as a small region. Their population is growing, but in recent years more slowly than in England as a whole.

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PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST – THE WHOLE STORY

Book News: November 18th, 2008

Putting People First sets the direction for adult social care over the next 10 years and this document from the Department of Health describes the sort of society Putting People First envisages.

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THE NEW WEALTH OF TIME

Book News: November 13th, 2008

This report from the New Economic Foundation describes how ‘timebanking’ helps build better public services.

The report presents ‘time’ as the new currency that knits communities together, promotes well-being and reduces financial pressures on public services. It argues that ‘timebanking’ is a practical tool for bringing people together to share their skills and for enabling people to be involved in shaping and producing public services. Based on principles of co-production it could revitalise schools, hospitals, public housing and even the youth justice system.

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GETTING ON, GETTING AHEAD

Book News: November 11th, 2008

This document from the Cabinet Office analyses the trends and drivers of social mobility. It identifies the critical importance of factors that have an impact on people’s life chances including the care and development of children in their early years, the quality of schools, continued and high quality education and training post16 and constantly improving the skills of the workforce.

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HIGH ALTITUDE LEADERSHIP

Book News: November 6th, 2008

By Chris Warner and Don Schmincke

Leadership is often a risky, lonely role possessing nearly unbearable lows and fleeting highs. Despite this emotionally and intellectually draining roller coaster, a handful of leaders deliver stunning results, with great consistency. They push past current leadership trends in order to achieve the most extremely challenging goals. They succeed by recognizing and surviving the dangers that challenge them as they take themselves and their teams to higher levels.

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