Archives for February 2013

SMART CITIES: HOW ARE THEY REALLY DIFFERENT?

Abstracts, PublicNet: 14 February, 2013

‘Smart cities’ that make effective use of information and technology to inform policy and decision-making are in fashion, but the same approach can make all government smart, argues the Society of IT Management.

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RESEARCH CENTRE PUTS SPOTLIGHT ON TAX AVOIDANCE

Headlines, PublicNet: 13 February, 2013

Economists, accountants, experimentalists and psychologists are being brought together in the Tax Administration Centre. The centre is a joint partnership between the University of Exeter and the Institute of Fiscal Studies and it is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, HM Revenue and Customs and Her Majesty’s Treasury.

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LEADERSHIP AND THE ART OF STRUGGLE

Book News, PublicNet: 12 February, 2013

With this book, author Steven Snydere begins a new conversation about mastering the art of struggle and how leaders can meet life’s challenges and adversities and focus their energies on what matters most.

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HEALTH SECRETARY RESPONDS TO CALL FOR EMPLOYEES TO BE GIVEN A VOICE

Headlines, PublicNet: 11 February, 2013

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development called on employers in all sectors to heed the lessons about the importance of employee voice learned from Robert Francis’s report on the Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust. Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt has asked NHS leaders around the country to hold staff listening events which will help the NHS discuss and learn from the report. The events will provide insights in helping to achieve a safer, more open and compassionate NHS.

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2013: THE YEAR DATA INTEGRATION COMES OF AGE

Features, PublicNet: 8 February, 2013

2013 is set to be the year that data integration grabs attention of the boardroom and one particular area of focus will be business to business (B2B) data integration says Mikko Soirola, director for Liaison Technologies. Here he discusses the impact on the public sector and provides advice on the steps to consider when looking to implement a B2B data integration strategy.

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MAKING IT EASIER FOR CIVIL SOCIETY TO WORK

Abstracts, PublicNet: 7 February, 2013

This paper sets out the plans for the Office for Civil Society.

Intelligent commissioning will be promoted through the new Commissioning Academy, the Social Outcomes Fund and a £20 million central top-up fund that will bring in investment to help finance early, preventative programmes on some of the most complex and expensive social problems. In addition the Centre for Social Society will promotes the development of more and better Social Impact Bonds.

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NEW ACADEMY WILL LEAD INNOVATIVE COMMISSIONING

Headlines, PublicNet: 6 February, 2013

A new initiative, which brings together commissioners from across the public sector, will transform how public services are delivered.

The Commissioning Academy will be open to all public sector commissioning organisations, including central government departments, local authorities, health bodies and judicial services. It will help senior commissioners learn from the example of the most successful and innovative commissioning groups. It will give those who commission public services the confidence and know-how to design different ways to deliver services. They will be able to shape and manage new markets and build more effective and more efficient ways of delivering services for local people.

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THE LEADER’S GUIDE TO RADICAL MANAGEMENT

Book News, PublicNet: 5 February, 2013

Steve Denning in his latest book – The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management: Reinventing the Workplace for the 21st Century, contends that management today is in need of a radical makeover. The existing practices are not adequate to meet the needs of the modern high-speed world, and to support today’s workforce.

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PRIVATE SECTOR FEELS THE PRESSURE TO DELIVER SOCIAL VALUE

Headlines, PublicNet: 4 February, 2013

The new Social Value Act will ensure that only companies that create social value will win public service contracts. It also levels the playing field for social enterprises.

The new legislation requires councils and other commissioners, including housing associations, to consider the social impact of their public service contracts before they start the procurement process.

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PUBLIC BLAME WESTMINSTER FOR COUNCIL CUTS

Headlines, PublicNet: 1 February, 2013

Despite ministerial criticisms of local government inefficiency a new poll shows that Westminster is taking the blame for cuts in local services. Just over one in ten voters blames councils for cuts to local services, while three in ten hold the coalition responsible.

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