FRAUD COSTING COUNCILS £2b SAYS AUDIT COMMISSION

Headlines: November 10th, 2011

Council fraud detection has increased by over one third in the last year, but this is only the tip of the iceberg.

Councils have succeeded in detecting £185 million worth of fraud in 2010/11, an improvement of 37 per cent on last year’s figure of £135 million. This is equivalent to a year’s funding for around 700 libraries or the wages of up to 11,000 care workers. But the total loss of revenue through fraud is estimated to be £2b.

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CHILDREN’S SERVICES COULD DO BETTER DAYS OFSTED

Headlines: November 9th, 2011

The improvement in children’s services is still too variable says Ofsted in a new report. All authorities are urged to aspire to provide the highest level of services for all children and young people in their community.

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RE-THINKING PROPERTY CAN BRING £8b SAVINGS SAYS ENQUIRY

Headlines: November 8th, 2011

Rationalisation of the public sector property portfolio, working in partnerships and adopting new practices, such as flexible working, could improve workforce productivity by up to 15 per cent.

Using buildings differently is the key proposal in the Parliamentary report “Leaner and Greener II: Putting Buildings to Work”. The review was carried out by the Westminster Sustainable Business Forum.

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LOCALISM BILL OPENS OPPORTUNITIES FOR BIG SOCIETY

Headlines: November 4th, 2011

Community groups across the country are being urged to put Britain’s construction and built environment industry at the heart of their plans as the Government’s ‘Big Society’ programme of legislation to devolve more powers locally gathers pace.

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NEW PUBLIC SECTOR PENSIONS OFFER BUT STRIKE THREAT REMAINS

Headlines: November 2nd, 2011

The Government has made an enhanced offer to resolve the public sector pensions dispute, but unions are continuing to plan for strike action on 30 November.

The new proposals include improved transitional protections for those closest to retirement and increased accrual rates within the major public service schemes compared to their previous position. There would also be a long-term commitment to any agreed reforms not being reopened within the next 25 years.

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35,000 PEOPLE FACE HOMELESSNESS BEFORE CHRISTMAS

Headlines: November 1st, 2011

An estimated 35,000 people across Britain face the prospect of losing their home between now and Christmas day, Shelter says today.

The warning comes as the charity launches its new advertising campaign showing that every two minutes someone faces losing their home. This could mean an estimated 35,000 people – 630 people a day – will receive a letter threatening the loss of their home between now and Christmas which could see them ending up in court, fighting to keep their home.

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PUBLIC SECTOR TAKES ON NEW STAFF

Headlines: October 31st, 2011

There has been a substantial rise in public sector job vacancies in October according to figures published today. This increase is in line with earlier indications that staff cuts were front loaded in the earlier part of the financial year

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COMMUNITY BUDGETS GO NATIONWIDE

Headlines: October 18th, 2011

Community budgets pilots are to be extended in April 2012. Councils have been invited to bid for community budget funding to support families with complex needs.

The first pilot community budgets schemes were launched in April 2011 and in June 2011 plans to extend the schemes were announced. There are further plans to extend community budgets beyond families with complex needs.

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NATIONAL SCHOOL FOR GOVERNMENT AXED IN MOVE TO PRIVATISATION

Headlines: October 17th, 2011

The National School for Government, the Sandhurst of the Civil Service, will close its doors in March 2012 and private companies will be invited to bid for contracts to provide non-technical training.

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WELFARE TO WORK INDUSTRY RESPONDS TO DISMAL EMPLOYMENT FIGURES

Headlines: October 12th, 2011

As the economy sheds almost 15,000 jobs each week, companies providing welfare to work services are playing a crucial role in stemming the rising tide of youth unemployment.

The latest job figures from UK National Statistics show that unemployment is at a 17 year high with the youth the jobless rate at 21.3%.

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