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Information For Local Government From Central Government
info4local provides local authorities with quick and easy access to information from more than 50 government departments, agencies and public bodies. It is run by a group of six departments, with the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in the lead.
IDeA Knowledge is the IDeA’s online service. It delivers forward-thinking and in-depth content on improvement issues, shares examples of good practice from councils across England and Wales, and provides information on the IDeA’s range of tools and services. IDeA Knowledge aims to stimulate and support self-sustaining improvement within local government.
Producing boundaries and statistics for town centres: England and Wales
The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's Town Centres Statistics project aims to produce consistent boundaries for town centres across England and Wales, together with statistics covering employment and floorspace. These statistical boundaries are generated from data on economic activity, in order to take a consistent approach to defining town centres. The boundaries will change over time, as the underlying economic data changes, reflecting the growth and decline of the town centres. This website details the outputs from the project. Put the title of the document into the ODPM search and it will take you straight to the information
Floor Targets Interactive
Floor Targets Interactive (FTI) is a web-based system for monitoring progress towards Public Service Agreement Floor Targets. FTI enables users to examine performance at the national, regional and local levels. The data underpinning the system has been brought together from across Government to provide a single resource for users. FTI allows users to interrogate the data to produce a range of analyses and illustrative maps. Where it is available, data going back to 1997 has been included on FTI. The system covers all English local authorities down to district level. The focus is on the 88 local authorities that receive Neighbourhood Renewal Fund.
South East England Regional Assembly
The South East England Regional Assembly is the representative voice of the region. It comprises 111 members, including elected councillors nominated by the region's local authorities. There are also regional representatives chosen by the voluntary sector, environmental groups, faith communities, business and economic partnerships, education and cultural networks and town and parish councils. The Assembly is part-funded by the region's local authorities and has the opportunity to draw down resources directly from central government. It has a small secretariat of administrative, policy research and communications staff and a team of planning and transport professionals. It also relies on the expertise of its member organisations and regional partners.
The work of Communities Scotland will make an important contribution to the Scottish Executive’s plans to grow the economy, improve public services and tackle disadvantage and prejudice. The Scottish Executive wants Scotland to be a place where everyone can build a successful, sustainable and healthy life for themselves, their family and their community. The aim is to create a fairer Scotland, where everyone is able to achieve his or her full potential and no one is excluded. Communities Scotland’s role is to help build a Scotland where everyone can enjoy a decent quality of life by working with others to regenerate disadvantaged communities and promote better housing. However, the problems of disadvantaged communities are complex, extending over a range of connected issues, including not only housing and regeneration, but also health, jobs, crime, anti-social behaviour and the environment. So we can only achieve sustained progress by working with and through other agencies, voluntary organisations and communities themselves.
Scottish Enterprise is Scotland's main economic development agency, funded by the Scottish Executive. Its mission is to help the people and businesses of Scotland succeed. In doing so, it aims to build a world-class economy. Scottish Enterprise is motivated towards providing a range of high-quality services to help new businesses get underway; support and develop existing businesses; help people gain the knowledge and skills they will need for tomorrow's jobs; and help Scottish businesses develop a strong presence in the global economy - building on Scotland's reputation as a great place to live, work and do business.
The Scottish Executive is the devolved government for Scotland. It is responsible for most of the issues of day-to-day concern to the people of Scotland, including health, education, justice, rural affairs, and transport. It manages an annual budget of more than £20 billion in the financial year 2002-2003 that is due to rise to almost £26 billion in 2005-2006. The Executive was established in 1999, following the first elections to the Scottish Parliament. It is a coalition between the Scottish Labour Party and the Scottish Liberal Democrat Party. The Executive is led by a First Minister who is nominated by the Parliament and in turn appoints the other Scottish Ministers who make up the Cabinet. Executive civil servants are accountable to Scottish Ministers, who are themselves accountable to the Scottish Parliament.
The Scottish Parliament
Scottish Parliament’s founding principles are openness, accountability, the sharing of power and equal opportunities. These are at the heart of all our activities and is reflected in this website. This website also provides information regarding the history of the Scottish Parliament; discusses parliamentary business; lists job opportunities; and explains how the Scottish Parliament operates. This website is available in a selection of languages, making it accessible to all. Furthermore this site has an interactive facility that allows browsers to stream live footage of the Scottish Parliament in session.
Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI)
DETI is responsible for economic policy development, energy, tourism, mineral development, health and safety at work, Companies Registry, Insolvency Service, consumer affairs, and labour market and economic statistics services. It also has a role in ensuring the provision of the infrastructure for a modern economy. Economics, financial and personnel management services are provided centrally within the Department. DETI has four agencies, established as non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs), to assist in strategy implementation, these are Invest Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Tourist Board, the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland and General Consumer Council for Northern Ireland.
Department For Social Development
The Department for Social Development was established in December 1999 as part of the new Northern Ireland Executive. It has strategic responsibility for urban regeneration, community and voluntary sector development, social legislation, housing, social security benefits, pensions and child support. Around 8,000 people are employed by the Department, approximately 93% of whom are located in the Social Security Agency and Child Support Agency. Public Expenditure allocation for 2003/2004 was £4,210m
Government News Network
The Government News Network is the regional arm of Government communications and serves the English Regions, Scotland and Wales. It supports Government Departments in Whitehall and elsewhere and Government Offices for the Regions in their co-ordination and policy delivery programmes. Through the News Distribution Service (NDS), GNN issues government news releases and media information. Headed by Rob Haslam, who is accountable to the Permanent Secretary for Government Communications in the Cabinet Office, the GNN comprises 130 press and publicity officers advising Government and working on the regional delivery of national campaigns so that the media and public in all parts of the country are informed fully about Government activity.
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