THE VALUE OF MANAGEMENT QUALIFICATIONS

Abstracts: September 26th, 2007

This report from the Chartered Management Institute shows that ‘who you know’ and ‘what you know’ is no longer enough to get a job in local government. It reveals that job prospects in the sector are increasingly being influenced by an individual’s commitment to their long-term professional development. It also uncovers major barriers preventing significant numbers from improving their skills.

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EVIDENCE ON EMPLOYMENT ZONES

Abstracts: September 24th, 2007

This independent report for the Department of Work and Pensions assesses the effectiveness of Employment Zones introduced in 2000 to test a new, market oriented approach to reducing long-term unemployment through a work first, outcome-related model of delivering employment services.

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A WORLD DENIED – WEB ACCESSIBILITY

Abstracts: September 19th, 2007

This DVD from the Society for IT Management is designed to promote better accessibility to websites. Some eight million people in the UK are thought to suffer some form of disability causing difficulties in using a standard screen, keyboard and mouse.

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NATIONAL MANAGEMENT SURVEY

Abstracts: September 17th, 2007

This survey from the Chartered Management Institute and Remuneration Economics reveals trends in local government employment.

The findings show resignation rates amongst women in local government stand at 9.7 per cent, up from 4 per cent last year. Representing employees from trainee level to chief executive, this figure is also higher than the national average of 7.8 per cent. The survey also reveals that resignation rates are lower amongst men in the sector at 2.4 per cent, ensuring continuation of the recent trend that sees women more likely to quit their jobs.

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THE AUDIT OF PUBLIC SERVICE REFORM

Abstracts: September 12th, 2007

This report from the Institute for Public Policy Research North analyses investments and outputs in the North East of England over the last decade. It shows that while public investment has resulted in improvements in the region, stark variations sub-regionally are preventing the North East from improving its regional standing relative to other regions.

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FINDING THE ENERGY: DOMESTIC MICROGENERATION AND PLANNING

Abstracts: September 10th, 2007

This pamphlet published by the New Local Government Network calls for local planning laws to be relaxed to allow more people the option of installing eco-friendly energy sources to their homes. It urges local councillors to consult with residents on whether to reduce the amount of planning permission required to install a microgeneration system. The pamphlet suggests that the forthcoming Planning Bill could be amended to reflect this new level of public involvement.

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NATIONAL PATIENT CHOICE SURVEY REPORT

Abstracts: September 5th, 2007

This report from the Department for Health describes progress in implementing patient choice of hospitals. Since January 2006, patients referred by their GP for elective care should have been offered clinically appropriate choices from a list of four or more providers commissioned by their Primary Care Trust.

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CHANNEL MANAGEMENT – TAKE-UP AND EFFICIENCY

Abstracts: August 29th, 2007

This briefing from the Society of IT Management describes the potential efficiency gains from encouraging greater use of the Internet for communicating with councils and processing transactions. Encouraging people to transact business through the Internet and making it easier for them to do so not only provides a fast and efficient service, but it also takes workload away from the traditional channels of letters, phone calls and face to face contact.

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FACTORS INFLUENCING SOCIAL MOBILITY

Abstracts: August 22nd, 2007

This report by the Policy Research Institute was commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions. With increasing inequality, social mobility has emerged as a measure of social fairness. Several studies suggest that social mobility may have declined in the UK and this has strengthened strategic and political concern with the issue. The study found that in terms of informing the development of policy responses, it is helpful to think of social mobility as the quality of participation in the labour market.The factors involved in social mobility include social and cultural capital which can help middle-class families confer social advantages on their children, increasing their potential to move upwards and protecting them from downwards movement in the social hierarchy.

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THE E-ISLAND LEADS THE WAY

Abstracts: August 20th, 2007

This programme is now available to view on egovtv.tv, the online television channel for public service modernisation. It describes how the Isle of Man transformed a legacy of fragmented processes, applications and websites into an integrated system. Managing online services and websites is now much simpler and far more effective than the Isle of Man’s previous set up where individual services and sites had been developed discretely reflecting organisation structure rather than customer need.With the development of the single Government wide shared services based on Microsoft technologies, common components such as Authentication and BizTalk adaptors are re-used in each subsequent service, leading to a consistent user experience, and demonstrable efficiencies, essential to a full service with a small population and limited budget.

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