Newswire – EA: Drier than Morocco!!!! - The Environment Agency (EA) has recently set out plans to help secure future water supplies and a healthy water environment.
Water resources are already under pressure in many parts of England & Wales. In England, some 25m people live in areas where there is less water available per person than Spain or Morocco. The average person in England & Wales currently uses 148 litres – 260 pints – every day.
The Water Resources Strategy Action Plan sets the direction for how the EA and other groups will protect & improve water resources in the future. The EA wants to work with industry to introduce an extended water efficiency labelling system for appliances. It will continue to promote near-universal water metering of households in England, prioritising the most water stressed areas first.
The plan builds upon the organisation’s water resources strategy for England & Wales published in 2009. A separate action plan for Wales has been developed based on the Water Resources Strategy for Wales.
NAO: Short prison sentences ineffective in addressing underlying causes of criminal behaviour - More could be done to rehabilitate prisoners serving short sentences and reduce their risk of re-offending, according to a new National Audit Office report.
The National Offender Management Service (NOMS), responsible for managing such prisoners, has little information on the quality, cost or effectiveness of its rehabilitation activities.
More than 60,000 prisoners serve sentences of less than 12 months each year at a cost to NOMS of around £300m. These prisoners present a significant challenge to NOMS: they tend to have more previous convictions than other offenders (an average of 16 previous convictions each) and, as a group, they also have a high level of homelessness, joblessness and drug & alcohol problems.
NOMS is currently struggling to manage this group effectively, in part because most spend 6 weeks or less in prison and the provision of daytime activity for them is generally inadequate to meet HM Inspectorate of Prisons' standards for a healthy prison.
DH: Ensuring everyone gets primary health care - A new short study - Inclusion Health - outlines how improvements in health care for the most excluded groups in society can be accelerated to ensure high quality services are available to all.
The joint study by the Department for Health and the Social Exclusion Task Force in the Cabinet Office examined how well the primary health care needs of vulnerable groups are being met.
It concluded that considerable progress has been made, but also highlighted that socially excluded groups often have complex needs and require a sophisticated & flexible response from service providers. In order to bring about improvements, the Government will support the delivery of the Inclusion Health agenda by establishing a National Inclusion Health Board.
MoD: Essential development if our forces are ever to come home - 27 Afghan Aircrew are being trained in Wiltshire as part of a 2-year programme run by the UK Joint Helicopter Command (JHC), supported throughout by QinetiQ. Training of the Afghan Pilots & flight engineers began in February 2008 at Boscombe Down under Project Curium.
The aircrew have been trained on fixed wing & rotary wing aircraft and are nearing the completion of their training in the UK in March 2010. They will fly the Mi-17 when they return to Afghanistan, where their training will continue. The crews trained here in UK are the seed corn of an indigenous Afghan National Security Force helicopter capability.
Forthcoming Events: Gartner Enterprise Architecture Summit | 17-18 May 2010 | Lancaster
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ESRC: Some of this week’s events at the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) Festival of Social Science (12 -21 March 2010):
* Fear and loathing in Sheffield: public fear in an urban landscape (Wednesday 17 March 2010 2 - 4pm)
Members of the public are invited to participate in the experiment called: 'Fear and loathing in Sheffield: Public fear in an urban landscape’. The experiment will explore the factors that contribute to people's fear of crime. In Britain, the fear of crime generally outweighs the actual risk of crime, but because the fear of crime is damaging to people's wellbeing, it is often seen as a social problem in its own right. Related press release
Baby sign language is increasingly popular in the UK. It is based on hand gestures, which enable mothers to interact with their baby before he or she is able to talk. This method means infants can communicate if they are hungry or want to play. The event is targeted at mothers, especially those from low income backgrounds who want to bond better with their babies and learn interaction techniques. Related press release
Social science underpins many of Britain's most successful public policies from poverty alleviation, macroeconomics to crime prevention. Conversely, a lack of social science and the evidence it provides often leads to failed policies. Wishing to increase the impact of social science, a distinguished panel will discuss how research can strengthen its involvement in policymaking. Related press release
For information on other forthcoming public sector events please click HERE to visit the WGPlus Events Calendar