Policy Statements and Initiatives

DCMS: Secretary of State, Jeremy Hunt, has detailed his plans to decentralise broadcasting to increase localisation in a speech to the Royal Television Society,  With political power increasingly being devolved to locally elected politicians, it makes sense, he said, for a network of local media stations to evolve in order to reflect the strong desire for locally focused coverage.
Press release ~ Read the complete speech ~ Nicholas Shott’s initial findings on the necessary conditions for commercially viable local TV in the UK
 
DH: Local organisations will be held to account & expected to publish how they are providing quality care for people with dementia, Care Service Minister, Paul Burstow, announced recently. The plans, which are part of the revised Dementia Strategy Implementation Plan, aim to ensure people with dementia get the best care.
 
The implementation plan sets out the Coalition Government’s focus on outcomes & identifies 4 priorities:
* Good-quality early diagnosis & intervention for all
* Improved quality of care in general hospitals
* Living well with dementia in care homes
* Reduced the use of antipsychotic medication
Press release ~ Revised Strategy Implementation Plan
 
BIS: Skills Minister, John Hayes last week set out his vision for apprenticeships and reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to work-based learning & training. 
 
The minister also urged employers to contribute to the 2 consultations launched in July 2010 (closing on 14 October 2010), which are gathering suggestions on how the skills system can better meet the needs of employers & learners and how to simplify the funding system to enable colleges & providers to deliver more efficiency & effectively.
Press release ~ Group Training Association England ~ Skills Funding Agency ~ UKSkills ~ Skills for sustainable growth: consultation on the future direction of skills policy ~ A Simplified Further Education and Skills Funding System and Methodology
 
WAG: With the eyes of the world on Wales as the Ryder Cup got underway, the Deputy First Minister, Ieuan Wyn Jones, and Heritage Minister, Alun Ffred Jones, outlined the way forward for Wales as an events destination with the launch of Wales’ first Major Events Strategy.
Press release ~ WAG: Major events ~ BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend comes to Bangor ~ New event to spread the Spirit of Llangollen
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