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Websites praised

Local government websites are increasingly used for delivering services, a Society of IT Management report insists. It rates East Sussex and Gloucestershire CCs, Salford City Council and Tameside MBCs’ websites as ‘excellent’.

Platt appointment

Dame Denise Platt, chair of the Commission for Social Care Inspection, has been appointed to the Committee on Standards in Public Life. She was also named public servant of the year in the Scottish Widows Women in Public Life Awards.

Two quit assembly

Two south coast councils have left the South East England Regional Assembly in protest at its failure to secure infrastructural investment to cope with increased housebuilding. Adur DC and Worthing BC’s action comes just a year before the assembly is due to be abolished.

Demand for staff

The adult social care workforce could double to 2.5 million by 2025 due to rising demand for services, Skills for Care has predicted. The projection by the workforce development body was based on a scenario of increased user choice and direct payments for services and constitutes an increase on a workforce of 1.4 million today.

Ward to join BURA

Ex-Greater London Council deputy leader Michael Ward has been named the new chief executive of the British Urban Regeneration Association (BURA). Mr Ward, Ken Livingstone’s deputy from 1985 until the GLC’s abolition in 1986, takes over from Jon
Ladd, who stepped down at Christmas.

Recycling increase

Recycling has increased by nearly half in Barnet LBC, the first borough to introduce a mandatory scheme. Council figures show that an extra 16,000 tonnes of waste has been recycled since the compulsory scheme’s introduction three years ago a
45% increase on the previous three years.

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