CALL TO IMPROVE MENTAL HEALTH AS STRESS LEVELS INCREASE IN PUBLIC SECTOR

Headlines: July 26th, 2012

The Government has called on employers to take action to improve the mental health of people in their organisations. The call comes as organisational change and re-structuring across the public sector has caused a 50 per cent increase in stress-related absence.

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FRAUD CASES DOWN BUT PUBLIC SECTOR GETS GREATER SHARE

Headlines: July 25th, 2012

Fraud cases across the UK have reduced by 50 per cent during the last year, but because of a slower decline, the public sector now accounts for 60 per cent of the total.

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PLAN TO STEM HIGH STREET DECLINE

Headlines: July 23rd, 2012

With more shoppers deserting the high street, plans been announced to bring them back.

Shopping habits are changing and compared to last year, high street footfall is down 2 per cent. Following the Mary Portas 2011 report the problem of empty shops is to be tackled by relaxing planning controls. Some 11 percent of shops on the high street are empty, creating a depressing appearance and a financial loss for landlords. The new planning arrangements seek to turn this problem into an opportunity.

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PARENTS FACE DAYCARE SHORTAGE AND HIGHER COSTS AS SCHOOL HOLIDAY APROACHES

Headlines: July 20th, 2012

Two-thirds of local authorities in England are failing to ensure there is sufficient childcare available in their area this summer. The cost of daycare has increased substantially in some areas.

The Daycare Trust’s 2012 holiday childcare costs survey, sponsored by Computershare Voucher Services, found that only one in three councils are fulfilling their legal duty to ensure that sufficient daycare is available. The survey also showed that over half of councils had cut their daycare budget.

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TROUBLED FAMILIES REPORT BRINGS COMMUNITY BUDGETS OUT OF THE LAB

Headlines: July 19th, 2012

The troubled families report, which sets out the aim to turn around the lives of 120,000 troubled families by 2015 and the challenges it presents, marks the Coalition Government’s acceptance of a new model of service delivery based on a single community budget.

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MPs WARN EU FUNDING AT RISK WITH ABOLITION OF REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCIES

Headlines: July 17th, 2012

EU funding aimed at reducing economic disparities between regions is at risk because of the lack of match funding which formerly came from Regional Development Agencies.

The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is a valued source of money for large regeneration and small business development schemes alike. It has supported many modest projects to boost enterprise or support small businesses as well a major schemes including the Eden Project in Cornwall, the Kings Dock redevelopment in Liverpool and the Sage concert hall and Baltic art gallery in Gateshead.

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MORE POWER FOR OFSTED TO INSPECT CHILDRENS’ SERVICES

Headlines: July 16th, 2012

Ofsted’s remit to inspect services for looked after children will be enhanced by collaborating with the Care Quality Commission. It is also planned that Ofsted will play a greater role in child protection by working with all agencies providing services for children.

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TACKLING POOR MANAGEMENT IN DRIVE TO REDUCE STRESS

Headlines: July 12th, 2012

A stress management tool has been launched to reduce workplace stress, much of which is caused by poor management.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and the Health and Safety Executive have developed a free stress management tool which is designed to help equip managers with the skills to manage positively and prevent stress in their staff.

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WIMBLEDON MODEL OPENS WAY TO TAP INTO SOCIAL MEDIA TO GET VIEWS ON PUBLIC SERVICES

Headlines: July 10th, 2012

A sentiment analysis has been applied to tweets about the Wimbledon Championship to reveal a range of insights into fan and sport pundits’ opinions around the games. The same analysis technique could be applied to get citizen’s reactions to policy decisions about public services as well as to delivery issues.

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COUNCIL TAX AND RATE FRAUD EXPOSED BY MATCHING DATA

Headlines: July 9th, 2012

Councils are identifying households and organisations that are avoiding paying council tax and business rates by matching payees with mapping data from Ordnance Survey. When there is no match it is a case of potential fraud.

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