VICTIMS OF ANTI SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR IN LEEDS GET VOICE

Headlines: July 9th, 2013

Leeds City Council has launched a Community Trigger pilot which will give victims of persistent antisocial behaviour a voice. Pilots have already been launched in Richmond on Thames, Manchester, Brighton and West Lindsey and Boston and as a result long-standing, difficult anti social behaviour cases have been resolved.

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PUBLIC SERVICE TRANSFORMATION NETWORK GOES LIVE

Headlines: July 8th, 2013

The first areas to receive support from the newly formed Public Service Transformation Network have been announced by Communities and Local Government.

The Network will provide dedicated support to help the selected areas develop practical reforms and deliver better services for less at a local level. The Network will spread the opportunities created by Community Budgets around the country, leading to more joint working and shared services.

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PUBLIC LACK AWARENESS OF HEALTH CHANGES AND CONFIDENCE THAT THEY WILL DELIVER

Headlines: July 4th, 2013

A survey by Benenden Health reveals the extent of the public’s lack of confidence in the changes to the NHS brought about by the introduction of the Health and Social Care Act  which have resulted in major changes to the way in which the NHS operates.

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UNIVERSAL CREDIT MAKING UP FOR LOST TIME

Headlines: July 3rd, 2013

The universal credit programme was slimmed down from four to one site when it was launched in April 2013, bcause of technical problems. The sites that missed out are now being brought on line.

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LIVERPOOL LEADS THE WAY IN HOUSING RECOVERY

Headlines: July 2nd, 2013

Liverpool City Council has started a search for a partner to build 1500 new homes and bring a further 1000 back into use.

Some 155 delegates from over 100 firms attended the programme launch event  where Mayor Joe Anderson said: “I’m delighted we have had such an overwhelming response. It shows developers have real confidence in Liverpool as a great place to do business. We are always looking at ways of doing things differently here, and this approach isn’t happening anywhere else in the country.

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MORE CASH TO EXTEND TROUBLED FAMILIES PROGRAMME

Headlines: June 26th, 2013

The troubled families programme, which provides intensive help, will be extended to include an additional 400,000 families as a result of a budget increase of £200,000. The extension will help families to get to grips with their problems before they reach the crisis points that would qualify them for the current troubled families programme.

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SPOTLIGHT ON TOWN HALL PENSION MANAGEMENT COSTS

Headlines: June 25th, 2013

The government has  launched a consultation into ways of  reducing the costs of the Local Government Pension Scheme by increasing fund co-operation, transparency and accountability to taxpayers.

Figures published for the Local Government Pension Scheme show there is scope for reforms to improve performance and reduce management and administration overheads, which cost taxpayers £471 million in England.

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NEW WAY OF LEARNING IN SCHOOLS COMES WITH HEALTH WARNING

Headlines: June 24th, 2013

Schools are on the verge of embracing tablet and apps sparking a new way of learning for pupils. But as the technology advances the risk to pupils increases.

The unprecedented growth rate of tablet computers in corporate and consumer markets is spreading steadily to schools, according to new research from the British Educational Suppliers Association.

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DIVIDE BETWEEN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT

Headlines: June 20th, 2013

The King’s Fund has launched a new Commission to consider whether the post-war settlement, which established separate systems for health and social care, remains fit for purpose.

Huge social, demographic and technological changes have taken place since the NHS and social care system were established in 1948. With health and social care services facing unprecedented challenges, the Commission will examine the way that entitlements, benefits and funding are currently organised and whether they could be better aligned to meet the needs of 21st Century patients and service-users.

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ENDING RESTRICTIONS ON COUNCIL MEETINGS GIVE PUBLIC A BETTER DEAL

Headlines: June 18th, 2013

New guidelines from Communities and Local Government will end restrictions some councils impose on meetings so that the public will now be able to film proceedings.

The new how-to guide gives practical information for the public to attend meetings of a council’s executive and how to obtain council documents. The government has changed the law to allow citizens to report, blog, tweet and film council meetings in England. It also outlines the assorted rights that taxpayers’ have to access council papers and documents.

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