E-VOTING GAINS SUPPORT

Headlines: May 4th, 2011

Support for e-voting has more than doubled in the last five years as more people use the Internet as a part of everyday life.

A survey by Virgin Media Business of more than 2,100 adults found that 43 per cent backed a digitised ballot card system. This compares with 19 per cent support in 2005.

Read more on E-VOTING GAINS SUPPORT…



ADVANCES IN PRE-PAYMENT TECHNOLGY CAN LIMIT BENEFIT SPENDING MIS-USE

Headlines: May 3rd, 2011

Mis-spending of child benefit payments on luxuries such as plastic surgery or foreign holidays can be limited with the latest versions of pre-payment systems.

The latest pre-payment cards have a range of benefits which automatic reloading on set dates through a central system. This reduces staff workloads and has significantly reduced the costs for processing payments.

Read more on ADVANCES IN PRE-PAYMENT TECHNOLGY CAN LIMIT BENEFIT SPENDING MIS-USE…

DEEPER CUTS MEAN CLOSER LOOK AT BACK OFFICE FOR SAVINGS

Headlines: April 28th, 2011

KPMG has estimated that the predicted 15-20% cuts in public service budgets is now working out in many organisations closer to 40-50% over the next 12-18 months. This development has raised the issue of making more severe cuts to the back office, without impacting front line services.

Read more on DEEPER CUTS MEAN CLOSER LOOK AT BACK OFFICE FOR SAVINGS…

PUBLIC SERVICES MOVE INTO CLOUD COMPUTING

Headlines: April 26th, 2011

The public sector is moving into cloud computing with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs signing a major contract with Huddle. Cloud computing allows oganisations to share resources, software and applications.

Read more on PUBLIC SERVICES MOVE INTO CLOUD COMPUTING…

POOR SELF BELIEF UNDERMINES JOB PROSPECTS FOR EX PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYEES

Headlines: April 21st, 2011

Many ex public sector employees are turning to freelance and contract work in the search for an alternative livelihood. Contrary to reports that point to the commercial sector’s reluctance to employ ‘ex-bureaucrats’, recruitment experts blame poor self belief as the key obstacle to new careers in enterprise.

Read more on POOR SELF BELIEF UNDERMINES JOB PROSPECTS FOR EX PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYEES…

MORE SUPPORT FOR SETTING UP MUTUALS IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE

Headlines: April 19th, 2011

The Social Investment Fund has been boosted by an additional £10m to give staff the financial support they need to set up a mutal and bid for contracts for the delivery of services. The Fund has already helped support over 400 social enterprises to establish themselves and compete to provide services.

Read more on MORE SUPPORT FOR SETTING UP MUTUALS IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE…

EX PUBLIC SECTOR EXECUTIVES HARDER TO PLACE

Headlines: April 14th, 2011

A report from Senior Executive Head-hunters InterExec, reveals that 92% of head-hunters claim that public sector senior executives are harder to place compared to their private sector counter parts.

This follows the Office of Budget Responsibility’s forecast that 610,000 public sector jobs will be lost in the next six years as part of the Government’s austerity measures. Figures from Direct.gov.uk reveal that there is an estimated 170+ senior executives working in the public sector who currently earn over £150,000.

InterExec is the Confidential Agent that represents senior executives seeking positions earning over £200,000. The report conducted by InterExec, surveyed 100 of the UK’s top senior executive head-hunters across the UK.

Kit Scott-Brown, managing director of InterExec, commented: Public sector executives are currently facing challenges with securing the best job going forward and some will require more help than their private sector peer group. We are finding that former civil servants often require advice on how they can be best placed within the private sector, not as a result of their skills or abilities, but on how they access private sector employers.”

Read more on EX PUBLIC SECTOR EXECUTIVES HARDER TO PLACE…

BOOSTING LIFE CHANCES OF POORER CHILDREN NEEDS MORE THAN CASH

Headlines: April 12th, 2011

The extension of free nursery places for two-year-olds will only help to deliver the government’s goal of greater social mobility if take-up and quality of provision are improved, according to a new report by the Institute for Public Policy Research.

Read more on BOOSTING LIFE CHANCES OF POORER CHILDREN NEEDS MORE THAN CASH…

CALL FOR COUNCILS TO CUT COSTS BY MORE SELF-SERVICE

Headlines: April 7th, 2011

Councils should look more urgently at developing cost-saving self-service models of delivery as they search for ways to cut expenditure. This is a key finding from the Society of IT Management in its report Annual Report ‘Better Websites’.

Read more on CALL FOR COUNCILS TO CUT COSTS BY MORE SELF-SERVICE…

RE-INVENT AUDIT COMMISSION WITH MUTUAL STATUS SAYS THINK TANK

Headlines: April 5th, 2011

The New Local Government Network has called on the government to avoid a dangerous decline in public trust in councils by including measures in its plans for local government audit that will boost confidence. It wants the Audit Commission to be re-invented as a mutual and citizens given new powers over council audit to avoid loss of public trust.

Read more on RE-INVENT AUDIT COMMISSION WITH MUTUAL STATUS SAYS THINK TANK…

© PublicNet is a KnowShare production | Technology by Jag Singh + Hilton & Hilton Ltd | Admin Log in