Headlines: February 24th, 1999

Joined up government depends on getting a clear view of the issues that public bodies need to address. A campaign has been launched to find out which issues are of concern to the 24 million women in the UK.

Tessa Jowell, Public Health Minister presented the first of a series of ministerial roadshows in Manchester. There will be further roadshows at regional centres until June.

In order to get a wider range of views a major consultation exercise, steered by the Women’s Unit in the Cabinet Office, has also been launched. Over a million prepaid postcards will be circulated through hundreds of outlets. Major retailers such as Bhs and Marks and Spencer are joining forces with GP surgeries, libraries and Citizen Advice Bureaux, as part of the exercise.

The freepost leaflet asks three main questions:
* What do you think is the single most important issue facing this
country today?
* What do you think is the single most important issue
facing women today and:
* In your view, what should Government do to help women?

Responses from the freepost questionnaires will be collated into a report and circulated to all government departments in the autumn to inform the development of strategies.

More information from www.womens-unit.gov.uk