TOOLS FOR RADICAL DEMOCRACY

Abstracts: November 27th, 2007

By Joan Minieri and Paul Getsos

This book is an essential resource for grassroots organizers and leaders, students of activism and advocacy, and anyone trying to increase the civic participation of ordinary people. The authors share stories and tools from their nationally recognized and award-winning work of building a community-led organization, training community leaders, and conducting campaigns that changed public policy and delivered concrete results to tens of thousands of people.

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WELCOMING SOCIAL ENTERPRISE HEALTH

Abstracts: November 26th, 2007

This resource pack is intended for those who provide health and social care and it offers a gateway to important information needed to set up or expand a service in the health and social care arena. The pack is also helpful to commissioners of services who want to contract with social enterprises.

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FIRST 100 DAYS AND LEAVING THE ORGANISION

Abstracts: November 21st, 2007

These two publications from acevo (Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations) are designed to fill the gaps for third sector leaders preparing to make a new beginning, either in the first appointment or on retirement.

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MOBILE TASKING

HeadlinesAbstracts: November 19th, 2007

This programme is now available to view on GovTV the online television channel for public service modernisation. It describes how Bedfordshire police in partnership with T-Mobile have equipped front-line officers with Blackberry Smartphones, which provide a range of applications only previously available on a desktop PC or by contacting a colleague at the station on a police radio. The mobile solution means there is now a wealth of knowledge at officers’ fingertips, including briefing notes and task updates, as well as access to the Police National Computer, the Police Visual Handbook and the legal database.

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THE QUALITY OF WORKING LIFE

HeadlinesAbstracts: November 14th, 2007

 This report from the Chartered Management Institute calls into question the focus on reducing absenteeism in local government. The survey findings provide insights into cost reduction measures and point to the need to improve the health and welfare of employees rather then simply attempting to reduce absence levels. They key message is that significant productivity benefits that can be gained from higher levels of motivation.  The report reveals that 21 per cent of managers in the sector believe their health is deteriorating.  With 71 per cent suggesting that ill-health reduced ‘enjoyment of their job. 49 per cent claim illness rates in their organisation have gone up over the last 12 months.  But 1 in 3 managers claim a culture of not taking time off work for sickness exists in their organisation.  Only 54 per cent of employees feel they would be treated sympathetically if they were ill.  The report also shows that sickness at work does not always translate into sick leave from work.   For example, 38 per cent of those reporting symptoms relating to stomach bugs in the past year did not take sick leave and only 11 per cent suffering from stress took time off from work, despite 1 in 3 citing stress symptoms.  The impact of this attitude is seen through declining performance, waning enthusiasm and increasing levels of suspicion.  Based on the views of 1,511 managers across local government, key findings include:  only 31 per cent of respondents claimed to be operating ‘at or near peak productivity’ and 67 per cent claiming their productivity was reduced by ill-health. This shows the extent to which health and productivity are inextricably linked.  There is also a decline in commitment with  1 in 2 managers saying they were not ‘positively motivated’ about work and 54 per cent suggesting they worked beyond contract hours because of ‘work volume’ and ‘deadlines’.  Fewer are prepared to ‘make up lost time’ too, with only 27 per cent working 2 hours or more per day over contracted hours, down from 45 per cent in 2000. 

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REDUCING THE IMPACT OF POVERTY ON HEALTH AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

Abstracts: November 12th, 2007

Early in 2008 the US Academy of Sciences will publish ‘Reducing the Impact of Poverty on Health and Human Development’. This special Annals volume is part of a coordinated effort by 235 scientific journals around the world to draw attention to the theme of poverty and human development. Selected papers from the book are now available online. They describe the kinds of approaches that might be applied to addressing poverty and related problems.

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LEARNING ADMINISTRATION AND THE REGENERATION IMPACT OF TECHNOLOGY

Abstracts: November 7th, 2007

This programme is now available to view on egovtv.tv, the online television channel for public service modernisation. It examines the huge expectations children have of technology in the learning process, both within and outside the classroom, the opportunity for turnaround in administration akin to the commercial sector, and how technology investment in education can have a positive impact on the social and economic fabric of communities as a whole.

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FIT FOR BUSINESS – TRANSFORMING HR IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR

Abstracts: November 5th, 2007

This report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development sets out the building blocks needed to create a transformed HR function that will help public sector organisations drive high performance and meet targets. It is based on research across the public sector including Leeds City Council, Health and Safety Executive and HM Revenue and Customs.

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ACTION PLAN FOR COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT

Abstracts: October 31st, 2007

This joint action plan from Communities and Local Government and the LGA, is designed to take forward a shared community empowerment agenda. It forms an important strand of the Government’s overall strategy for constitutional renewal set out in the Governance of Britain’s Green Paper. The cross-government strategy aims to give citizens the means of participating in decision-making at every level.

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NATIONAL FRAMEWORK FOR NHS CONTINUING CARE

Abstracts: October 29th, 2007

New arrangements have been introduced to provide NHS funded services for people outside hospital with ongoing health needs. Continuing healthcare can be provided in any setting including in the home or in a care home. NHS continuing healthcare is free, unlike help from social services for which a charge may be made depending on income and savings.

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