COMPARING TAXES AND BENEFITS IN 1979, 1997 AND 2008

Features: December 4th, 2009

By Martin Evans and Lewis Williams

The huge changes to social policy since 1979 have created winners and losers. The authors describe the effect of the changes on typical families of high, medium and low earners.

Read more on COMPARING TAXES AND BENEFITS IN 1979, 1997 AND 2008…



SO NOW IT’S ‘ OUTCOMES’, IS IT?

Features: November 27th, 2009

By Sean Lusk and Rob Hutchinson

This article was first published in Public Management and Policy and is reproduced by permission of the Association. http://www.cipfa.org.uk/pmpa/index.cfm

After a decade or more when government talked incessantly of ‘targets’, it now seems that everyone is talking ‘outcomes’. Yet many deputy heads of secondary schools, many assistant chief constables, many hospital managers or local authority heads of service are understandably suspicious—is this shift in language just the latest waft of Whitehall hot air?

Read more on SO NOW IT’S ‘ OUTCOMES’, IS IT?…

PROMOTING HEALTHY ACTIVITY AND DELIVERING VALUE FOR MONEY

Features: November 20th, 2009

By Tim Dent

Helping people to be active is important for their health, for tackling social exclusion and for regeneration. The level of activity can vary from gyms and swimming pools to art galleries and museums. Local councils provide a whole range of these cultural activities and it is important that they give value for money to their customers. The author explains how quality and performance audits and facility ‘health checks’ can help ensure customer satisfaction.

Read more on PROMOTING HEALTHY ACTIVITY AND DELIVERING VALUE FOR MONEY…

BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE BRINGS BENEFITS TO THE PUBLIC SECTOR

Features: November 13th, 2009

Business intelligence is about making better use of information that is already stored away. Some 95 per cent of councils have made it a strategic priority, but few have quality data to support effective business intelligence. The author analyses why this is so and describes the barriers to developing business intelligence to give insights into how organisations are performing. He outlines a path to better business intelligence.

Read more on BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE BRINGS BENEFITS TO THE PUBLIC SECTOR…

COUNCILS INVESTING IN HEALTH AND SAFETY REAP DIVIDENDS

Features: November 6th, 2009

By Judy Wakelin

With more than 130,000 workplace injuries every year, health and safety is high up the management agenda. Not only does a healthy and safe workplace promote productivity and reduce costs in absences and insurance, it also limits the risk of claims. The author draws on the experiences of councils and explains how developing a structure for managing health and safety responsibilities can deliver dividends.

Read more on COUNCILS INVESTING IN HEALTH AND SAFETY REAP DIVIDENDS…

TOTAL PLACE SET TO CHANGE PUBLIC SERVICE LANDSCAPE

Features: October 30th, 2009

Total Place, which allows the way in which taxpayers money is spent in a local area to be challenged, has triggered a seismic shift in the public service landscape. The scale and shape of this landscape shift has been set out by Communities Secretary John Denham. Although Total Place is still in the initial pilot phase, the tremors are already being felt across local councils, primary care trusts, the police, fire service, criminal justice agencies, Job Centre Plus, Government regional offices, economic development agencies and the Learning and Skills Council.

Read more on TOTAL PLACE SET TO CHANGE PUBLIC SERVICE LANDSCAPE…

BUILDING SUPPORT FOR ERADICATING POVERTY

Features: October 30th, 2009

By Joke Delvaux and Sini Rinne
Government action to tackle poverty depends on building public support but very few initiatives explicitly aim to build support for the poverty agenda. The perception of poverty is often misguided, with people believing that it is a result of laziness, or an inevitable part of modern life. The authors set out ways of changing perceptions and building public support for addressing the problem. They urge closer working between the anti-poverty networks, the voluntary sector and Government.
Poverty in the UK is a particularly challenging issue. Although it would be difficult to find anyone who did not support the idea of tackling genuine poverty, explanations of why poverty still exists, and how to deal with it, are contested and political.
This research identifies a number of interesting initiatives to address poverty, but also uncovers useful evidence about what is not happening. It forms part of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s programme on public interest in poverty issues.
Focus of current anti-poverty initiatives

Read more on BUILDING SUPPORT FOR ERADICATING POVERTY…

TEAM BUILDING IN ADULT SOCIAL SERVICES

Features: October 23rd, 2009

By Jude Wells

Team building, when people work at different locations and the job they do is changing, is a major challenge. The key factor in team building is communication, ensuring that messages move in all directions. The author outlines the challenge faced by an Adult Social Care Service and how the issue of communication was successfully addressed.

Read more on TEAM BUILDING IN ADULT SOCIAL SERVICES…

JOB SEARCH MADE EASIER WITH MANAGED RECRUITMENT SERVICE

Features: October 16th, 2009

By Mike Trevor

With unemployment rising, councils are under pressure to take action to get people into jobs, particularly young people. The author outlines the many approaches being taken and exposes some of the flaws. He describes the benefits of a vendor neutral managed recruitment service.

Read more on JOB SEARCH MADE EASIER WITH MANAGED RECRUITMENT SERVICE…

HEALTHCARE TECHNOLOGY IN THE FRAME FOR COST SAVINGS

Features: October 9th, 2009

By Jeff Thomas

Healthcare technology is likely to be an area of cost cutting even though frontline services will be spared the axe as Ministers seek to reduce budgets. Doing things differently is a key approach being used across the public sector to find efficiencies and healthcare technology is no exception. The author describes how data centre outsourcing can not only reduce costs, but also bring a range of other benefits.

Read more on HEALTHCARE TECHNOLOGY IN THE FRAME FOR COST SAVINGS…

© PublicNet is a KnowShare production | Technology by Jag Singh + Hilton & Hilton Ltd | Admin Log in