COUNCIL’S NEED FOR SHORT TERM STAFF IS BEING MET BY OLDER WORKERS

Headlines: June 17th, 2013

The continuing squeeze on budgets and the resulting staff  cuts are creating demand for skilled and experienced staff on a short term basis. The latest figures show that Councils are increasingly employing older staff to meet this need.

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COMBINED AUTHORITY FOR LEEDS CITY REGION TO BOOST GROWTH

Headlines: June 12th, 2013

Plans have been agreed for six Yorkshire councils to manage a pooled fund to support economic growth and transport.

The proposed West Yorkshire Combined Authority will be made up from Leeds City Council, York City Council, Bradford MDC, Wakefield Council, CalderdaleDC and Kirklees MBC. The combined authority will have significant powers and funding devolved to it from April 2014. As well as focusing on driving economic growth through a joint approach to strategic investment, the Combined Authority will take on responsibility for Metro’s role as the Local Transport Authority for the area. This will create a streamlined, integrated delivery body.

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CALL FOR SHAKE-UP IN CAREERS RPOVISION IN SCHOOLS

Headlines: June 10th, 2013

The National Careers Council has challenged  employers, Government, education and the careers sectors to act boldly and decisively in framing a more coherent national and local careers offer for young people and adults.

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BUSINESS WORKPLACE MOBILITY SURVEY GIVES MESSAGE TO PUBLIC SERVICES

Headlines: June 6th, 2013

A survey of the use of personal communication devices in the workplace in small and medium sized businesses reveals a growing demand to introduce more flexible and mobile work practices. The survey findings have a message for public services.

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SOCIAL MEDIA SPREADS ACROSS ORGANISATIONS BUT LOCAL GOVERMMENT PULLS THE PLUG ON NETWORKING

Headlines: June 3rd, 2013

The explosion of social media use in the personal lives of many people has led over half of organisation to use social media tools to communicate and build communities with their employees. Cuts in local government have led to the impending closure of the network which allows people developing social media to share experiences.

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UNIVERSAL CREDIT – OFFICIAL ADMISSION OF PROBLEMS

Headlines: May 28th, 2013

The universal credit programme, which seeks to simplify welfare benefits, is in danger of failing. This admission emerged when the government published details of performance for its most expensive projects. Despite repeated denials by the Department for Work and Pensions, the signs of deep trouble have been apparent for many months. There have been repeated personnel changes at the top and the timing in the project plan has been has been tailored to reflect progress made as initial targets were abandoned.

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TROUBLED FAMILIIES INITIATIVE DRIVING EARLY INTERVENTION

Headlines: May 23rd, 2013

The initiative, which seeks to turn around 120,000 troubled families and was launched one year ago, has changed the strategic approach of councils who have now switched investment into early intervention.

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COMMUNITY BUDGET REJECTED IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE JOIN UP

Headlines: May 20th, 2013

Plans to join up health and social care provide for closer working but they stop short of creating community budgets and relaxing the grip of Whitehall on local services.

Despite the success of the community budget model in responding to the needs of troubled families and other pathfinder projects across the country, the new plans involve yet another attempt at closer working within existing structures. National leaders of health and care organisations have signed up to a series of commitments on how they will help local areas integrate services.

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WATCHDOG MOVING FROM CLASSROOM TO TOWN HALL TO IMPROVE SCHOOL STANDARDS

Headlines: May 16th, 2013

Decisions taken in the town hall affect the quality of schools and Ofsted intend to vet the corporate arrangement for driving school improvement.

Inspectors will be assessing how well local authorities carry out their statutory duties in promoting high standards in schools and among other providers so that children achieve well and fulfil their potential.

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TROUBLED FAMILIES PROGRAMME TARGET UNLIKELY TO BE MET

Headlines: May 15th, 2013

One year in to the  programme to turn around the lives of 120,000 problem families by 2015, only half of the families have been identified. Work has not yet started with a significant proportion of the  identified families. Even allowing for the time it takes to start up operations it is unlikely that he 2015 target will be met.

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