CLG: Bamboo ceiling still in place - Cohesion Minister Parmjit Dhanda has said that efforts to increase race equality and unlock the potential of people from ethnic minority backgrounds to progress in education and business need to be accelerated.
In his first announcement as Cohesion Minister, Parmjit Dhanda reflected on his own experience of growing up as a second generation Asian in Britain, and said a new focus is now needed to help more people - regardless of their race, faith or ethnic origin - fulfil their potential and play a fuller part in their communities.
The Second IOSS Annual Progress Report shows that the employment rate gap between Pakistani & Bangladeshi women and white women has changed very little since 1970.
He believes Government needs to do more to enable their voices to be heard and empower them to engage in their communities - bringing economic and social benefits to society.
Press release ~ Improving Opportunity, Strengthening Society (IOSS) strategy ~ Improving Opportunity, Strengthening Society second annual progress report ~ Ethnic Minorities Innovation Fund ~ 'Race for Health' programme ~ Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006 ~ PCTs and Race Equality Schemes ~ Better BME recruitment key to improving patient care and cutting costs ~ Ethnic minorities in the labour market: Dynamics and diversity ~ The role of higher education in providing opportunities for South Asian women ~ Poverty and ethnicity in the UK ~ Long-term ill health, poverty and ethnicity ~ Poverty among ethnic groups: How and why does it differ? ~ Ethnic Minority Employment Task Force ~ Women and Work Commission ~ Government Action Plan: Implementing the Women and Work Commission recommendations ~ 'Engaging with Muslim Women' ~ Shaping a Fairer Future ~ 'Narrowing the Gap' ~ EOC Interim Report - Moving on Up ~ Ethnic Minority Advisory Group (EMAG) ~ DWP - Cities Strategy ~ Ethnic Jobsite

NAO: ‘No pay - No play’ could upset plans to use Third Sector for service delivery - Evidence from 12 large national charities shows that their delivery of public services could be undermined & limited by the complexity of the arrangements by which they receive public funding.
A report by the National Audit Office found that charities' funding relationships with public bodies, including central government departments, local authorities and health trusts can often be highly fragmented, with many public bodies providing several streams of small amounts of funding to a single charity.
And the variations between funders in the timing, payment terms and monitoring requirements can impose unnecessary transaction costs on charities, reducing their value for money for the taxpayer. 
The report examined the experiences of 12 of the largest UK charities, who together receive £742m in public funding from a range of public bodies including central government departments, agencies, local authorities and NHS primary care trusts.
They operate across a range of activities including care for disabled people, children’s services, advice and volunteering.
Press release ~ Public Funding of large national charities ~ Office of the Third Sector (OTS) ~ NAO: Working with the Third Sector ~ NAO: Financial relationships with third sector organisations ~ Third Sector Commissioning Taskforce ~ Third Sector NetworkThe implementation of full cost recovery ~ Full Cost Recovery

CLG: There is more to life than just rap, guns & drugs - A new generation of role models from within local communities is needed in order to tackle underachievement among Black boys & young men and counter a culture of low aspiration, according to a major report, written by 20 leading experts across the fields of education, youth justice, the voluntary and community sector, law enforcement and business.
The report says that a lack of positive role models is having a detrimental effect on the aspirations on young Black men and says a national role modelling programme is needed to raise expectations and counter negative portrayals of Black men.
Too often the role models for young Black men are celebrities and rappers - who can glamorise crime, guns or gangs.
New figures published in the report set-out the stark future economic costs of failure to promote equality of opportunity for Black boys. It makes clear that tackling underachievement among Black boys and young men could benefit the economy by £24bn over the next 50 years.
The REACH group were asked to look at how communities, local agencies, parents individuals, local and central Government can work together to raise aspirations, create more opportunities and improve life chances of young black men.
The report makes clear that tackling issues around underachievement is a shared responsibility. The Black community, community leaders and voluntary organisations, local and central government all have an important role to play if progress is going to be made.
Press release ~ REACH ~ The Men's Room ~ REACH Report ~ Black fathers urged to be 'better role models' - Telegraph ~ Born to be great ~ BBC Sport – Where have England’s Black Cricketers Gone? ~ Britain's brightest black boys sent to Jamaica to train as leaders - EducationGuardian.co.uk ~ Why are role model schemes important? ~ African Caribbean Network for Science & Technology ~ Minority Ethnic Role Models for Learning and Inspiration (MERLIN) ~ National Black Boys Can Association ~ National Black Boys Can : 2008/9 Oxford University Undergraduate Admissions

DH: Will fewer reviewers mean better reviews? - Although existing patient forums have helped to improve health & social care services in some areas, the government claims that the new independent LINks will simplify & strengthen the current system because they will have the power to hold NHS and social care commissioners to account.
They will also be able to refer issues to local authority overview & scrutiny committees who can investigate and take action, such as summoning NHS managers for questioning, if required.
To help local authorities prepare for this change, two 'Getting ready for LINks' resources have been developed by the Department of Health.
The Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill currently going through Parliament includes proposals to streamline & modernise the current system by replacing just under 400 patient forums with 150 LINks, which are expected to become operational from April 2008.
Press release ~ NHS Centre for Involvement - LINks ~ Getting ready for LINks guidance documents ~ Local authority Overview and Scrutiny Committees (OSCs) ~ The Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health (CPPIH) ~ DH - Patient and public involvement ~ Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill ~ Centre for Public Scrutiny ~ A Stronger Local Voice: A Framework for Creating A Stronger Local Voice in the Development of Health and Social Care Services ~ Government response to 'A Stronger Local Voice' ~ Our Health, Our Care, Our Say White Paper

Home Office: Limiting crime by design - Home Office Minister Vernon Coaker has announced that four of the UK's most respected designers have joined the Government's new anti-crime Design and Technology Alliance, which is intended to raise the profile within industry of how innovative design can tackle crime.
They will work with the Home Office to embed the message that design can have a real impact on cutting crime by making it harder and less attractive for criminals - in turn making people and communities feel safer.
Cost-benefit analysis has shown that remedial design measures can deliver savings of up to five times the original investment, along with crime reductions of up to 70%. The benefit would be even greater if action were taken at the concept design stage.
There are numerous examples of how design interventions have helped to reduce crime, including:
· Chip & Pin slashed credit card fraud at UK retailers in 2006 by 46%
· Burglary has reduced by 37% in Liverpool since 5,000 gated alleys were introduced
· Houses that meet ACPO Secured By Design (SBD) standards experience a quarter less crime than non-SBD houses, and residents fear of crime is lower
More experts from the product and manufacturing, built environment and service design sectors are expected to join the Alliance before its first meeting in September 2007. Thereafter, the Alliance will meet formally each quarter whilst providing ad hoc advice to Government as required.
Independent test results showed this year that the Mobile Industry Crime Action Forum (MICAF) - made up of Government, industry and the police - made good its pledge to block 80% of mobile phones, across all networks, within 48 hours of them being reported stolen, making them less attractive to criminals.
Press release ~ 2007 Home Office Crime Strategy ~ Mobile Industry Crime Action Forum (MICAF) ~ Association of Chief Police Officers 'secured by design' standards for security and the built environment ~ Design Council report on how do you beat crime ~ UCL Centre for Security and Crime Science ~ Design Against Crime Research Centre at Central St Martins School of Art and Design ~ Designing out misuse, abuse and ‘criminal’ aesthetics ~ Royal College of Art ~ Living Spaces ~ Cleaner Safer Greener Communities ~ National Mobile Phone Crime Unit

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