Archives for April 2008

TRUST ME I’M A DOCTOR

Headlines, PublicNet: 25 April, 2008

Doctors still top the poll as the professionals that the public trust most. An Ipsos MORI survey commissioned by the Royal College of Physicians shows that doctors come out first when the public is asked whom they generally trust to tell the truth. The annual poll indicates that nine in ten adults say they trust doctors to tell the truth.

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HOUSING NEW IMMIGRANTS

Features, PublicNet: 25 April, 2008

By David Robinson, Kesia Reeve and Rionach Casey,

There is an increasingly divisive debate and media speculation about the motives of new immigrants and the priorities of statutory agencies and housing service providers. Many assumptions are made about the consequences for long-standing residents. Questions are raised about who gets what and why, and the knock-on effects for local neighbourhoods.
This article explores the arrival experiences and settlement stories of new immigrants. It focuses on their housing experiences and considers the consequences of their arrival for local housing markets and neighbourhoods.

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MORE MAYORS WOULD BRING GREATER DEVOLUTION

Headlines, PublicNet: 24 April, 2008

The Government is being urged to introduce elected mayors in every major town and city in England to encourage central government to decentralise more powers to local government. The call comes from the Institute for Public Policy Research which also believes that more mayors would also result in stronger local political leadership and clearer accountability.

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CALL FOR SHAKE-UP IN MANAGING VOLUNTEERS

Headlines, PublicNet: 24 April, 2008

Failure to value the work of those who manage volunteers and low levels of funding to support volunteers are undermining the quality of the services they provide. A national survey of volunteer management capacity by Volunteering England found a chronic need to invest more financial and human resources and to change the ‘cost free’ culture.

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DELIVERING SAFER NEIGHBOURHOODS

Book News, PublicNet: 24 April, 2008

This report from Communities and Local Government is one of a series evaluating the New Deal for Communities Programme, which aims to reduce gaps between some of the most deprived areas in England and the rest of the country. It presents findings from case studies.

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TOWN HALL EXODUS IN NEXT DECADE

Headlines, PublicNet: 23 April, 2008

Local councils may struggle to employ enough staff to run services over the next ten years because a third is due to retire. This warning comes from the New Local Government Network in a report that reveals that authorities are set to lose significantly higher proportions of senior managers over the next decade compared to other areas of the public sector.

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CALL FOR UNIVERSITY OF THE THIRD SECTOR

Headlines, PublicNet: 23 April, 2008

The Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations has proposed that the Government should develop a university for the third sector to harness the talents of many talented graduates now considering the sector as a serious career option.

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LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT SURVEY

Abstracts, PublicNet: 23 April, 2008

The 2008 annual survey from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development shows how coaching within organisations has moved beyond being ‘the latest fad’ – to adding real benefits. Coaching is increasingly popular as a means of promoting learning and development. The findings show that almost three-quarters of UK employers currently use coaching in their organisations, compared to 63 per cent in 2007. Some 72 per cent of respondents find coaching to be an effective tool.

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SOCIAL EVILS IN BRITAIN UPDATED

Headlines, PublicNet: 22 April, 2008

Social evils in 1904 were poverty, war, slavery, intemperance, the opium trade, impurity and gambling according to the founder of the Joseph Rowntree Trust. In a 21st century consultation the Trust has found that people are now concerned about the way society has become more individualistic, greedy and selfish with a cost to a sense of community.

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SOCIAL NETWORKING SIGHTS OPEN CHANNELS FOR PUBLIC SECTOR

Headlines, PublicNet: 22 April, 2008

Greater Manchester Police are working with Facebook, the social networking site, to allow users to receive a news feed, as well as links to a crime-reporting form, Police Web sites and videos. This ground breaking development opens the way for other public sector bodies to tap in to the power of social networking sites.

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