Archives for July 2010

WOMEN ‘UNDER-REPRESENTED’ IN DECISION MAKING

Headlines, PublicNet: 27 July, 2010

Local councillors and other decision-makers are being urged to engage with women’s organisations to provide better support for women in society. A new report says public bodies would make better decisions and communities would get better services if they were informed by the experiences and perspectives of women’s organisations.

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GROWING THE BIG SOCIETY: ENCOURAGING SUCCESS IN SOCIAL AND COMMUNITY ENTERPRISE

Book News, PublicNet: 27 July, 2010

This report from ippr north and commissioned by North West Together We Can, highlights some examples of best practice in the North West region, but warns that without support, community and social enterprise will not be able to rise to the challenge of the Big Society.

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STUDY CALLS FOR RBS TO BECOME GREEN BANK TO BOOST ECONOMY

Headlines, PublicNet: 26 July, 2010

Research published today suggests transforming the Royal Bank of Scotland into the Green Investment Bank would kick start a green energy revolution and could create 50, 000 new green jobs a year. The report from former Pricewaterhouse Coopers consultant, James Leaton was commissioned by pressure group PLATFORM and the anti-poverty group the World Development Movement.

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PUBLIC BODIES FACING TOUGHER ACTION OVER INFORMATION REQUESTS

Headlines, PublicNet: 26 July, 2010

Public authorities have been given details of the measures they will face if they fail routinely to meet obligations under the Freedom of Information Act and the Environmental Information Regulations. The Information Commissioner’s Office has said it will make more use of regulatory powers.

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LISTEN, PARTICIPATE, TRANSFORM: A SOCIAL MEDIA FRAMEWORK FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Abstracts, PublicNet: 26 July, 2010

This paper from the Young Foundation is intended to support councils interested in using social media, by presenting a simple and practical framework on which to base social media activity.

Impending budget cuts mean that local government will need to change the way it works, largely moving away from a model of delivering services to and for people, to a model of delivering services with people. Public servants will be required to build new relationships with citizens. These relationships will help support civil society in responding to inevitable challenges.

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OFSTED FINDS LACK OF EXPERTISE IN SOME PSHE EDUCATION TEACHING

Headlines, PublicNet: 23 July, 2010

Ofsted inspectors have found that in almost a quarter of schools teachers do not have the expertise for classes in personal, social, health and economic education. Most schools, however, are equipping children and young people with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and skills they need.

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COUNCILS TO HAVE KEY ROLE IN SHAPING LOCAL HEALTH SERVICES

Headlines, PublicNet: 23 July, 2010

Elected councillors, local people and professionals would have a greater say in shaping health and social care in their areas under proposals which have been put out for consultation. The proposals, which follow last week’s health service White Paper, would also mean the NHS, social care and public health services working together more closely.

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COULD THE ONLINE MARKETPLACE TACKLE POVERTY?

Features, PublicNet: 23 July, 2010

By Wingham Rowan

The author explores the case for ‘national e-markets’, which could create economic opportunities for people in poverty. These would be safe, convenient, accessible Internet marketplaces with ultra low overheads. The private sector alone cannot create these
marketplaces, but they could quickly be realized using the same model that created the National Lottery.

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DOOMED COMMISSION CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO STEP UP GREEN AMBITIONS

Headlines, PublicNet: 22 July, 2010

A report today shows that moves towards greater sustainability introduced by the previous Government are already saving the public purse more than 60 million pounds a year. The report from the Sustainable Development Commission calls on the Coalition to step up its green ambitions to create further savings – but it coincides with speculation that the Government will today announce the scrapping of the Commission.

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AUDITORS QUESTION VALUE FOR MONEY OF CARE GRANT SCHEME

Headlines, PublicNet: 22 July, 2010

The National Audit Office says the Community Care Grant is helping vulnerable people establish themselves in the community but that as it stands the scheme does not deliver value for money. In a report today the NAO says the Grant is easing exceptional pressure on families and was deliberately designed to be flexible but points to savings that could be made.

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