POPULATION TURNOVER AND AREA DEPRIVATION

Features: September 21st, 2007

By Nick Bailey and Mark Livingston. Regeneration of deprived areas is a major challenge and there is a constant search for new evidence on which to base policies. The authors challenge some of the assumptions made about population turnover and their conclusions have a significant impact on local regeneration programmes. They show that there is a potential risk that policies designed to promote income or tenure mix may inadvertently exacerbate problems of population turnover if they target single people or couples through the development of starter homes.



WORK RICH AND WORK POOR: THREE DECADES OF CHANGE

Features: September 14th, 2007

By Richard Berthoud Workless households in Britain have doubled since 1974, but in the same period some two million more people have joined the labour market. The author examines the argument that the rise in workless households is more about social change than economics and is in effect an indirect exchange of jobs. He explores the re-distribution of jobs between men and women and the role that social disadvantage plays.

MISTAKES? WHOSE MISTAKES?

Features: September 7th, 2007

By Will Werry The blame culture has taken firm hold in the public sector, despite being universally denounced, even by ministers. Incessant fault-finding continues to be widely enjoyed. Images of organizations and even of whole slices of the public sector such as local government, can be tarnished by trivial isolated failures such as an unreliable wheelie bin. The author calls for realism about the sort of long term performance that can be expected from real people in the real world. 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

PUTTING PATIENTS IN CONTROL

Features: August 31st, 2007

Technology now allows people living at home with a chronic disease to monitor their condition by measuring vital signs such as heart rate, weight, blood pressure and oxygen levels. Systems also give instant access to specialist help. The feature describes a pioneering development by Milton Keynes Primary Care Trust in the use of telecare and the benefits it brought to patients and the Trust.

MAKING HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE USER INVOLVEMENT WORK

Features: August 24th, 2007

By Fran Branfield and Peter Beresford with Eamon J. Andrews, Patricia Chambers, Patsy Staddon, Grace Wise and Bob Williams-Findlay. There is an increasing emphasis on user involvement in health and social care policy and practice. Users of services are experts in their own experience. But service providers and researchers have begun to ask what evidence there is that it improves services. The authors present the views of users and suggest ways in which user involvement could be more effective.

Helping to Keep Mother Nature at Bay in the Remote Regions of the UK

Features: August 17th, 2007

Given that 90% of the UK’s population lives on 10% of the land, it is extremely easy to forget that this is still a very rural country. However, there are many regions where remote living and the associated hazards of extreme weather conditions are a fact of ordinary life. In such areas, the need to deal with emergency situations occurs frequently and involves types of response that are seldom required in the more temperate heartlands of the country.

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Changing for Children

Features: August 3rd, 2007

By Richard Randall. Change can always be a little uncomfortable, even when the changes are for the greater good. On 15th November 2004, royal assent was secured on the updated Childrens Act and the legislative spine that would bring about whole-scale reform in the delivery of services to children was agreed. Social services and education departments were brought together under the banner of children’s services and would be required to work together, sharing information to secure better outcomes for children.

A Bigger Block of Concrete: Streetwise Lessons on Organisational Learning

Features: July 27th, 2007

By David M Allen. Management theories come and go. Some achieve ‘flavour of the month’ status, but they too become history. The author offers thoughts about practical issues of management which have an immortal quality. His reflections on the replacement of traffic bollards expose common failures in organizational learning.

The Quest for Social Regeneration

Features: July 20th, 2007

By David Page Regenerating a neighbourhood is a complex business and social issues can get less attention than physical regeneration. The author looks at the soft issues in regeneration programmes where there were concentrations of poverty and worklessness. Against a background of persistent social exclusion he suggests ways forward.

Trust Schools Bring Education and the Community Together

Features: July 13th, 2007

Research shows that schools perform to a higher standard when working in partnership with other organizations. Self governing Trust schools have equal status with Foundation schools but in addition they work with partners ranging from small local companies to public bodies such as local authorities or higher education establishments. This feature describes the benefits Trust schools bring to pupils and to the community.

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