E-government, once the flavour of the month for New Labour politicians, has been slipping down the scale of political priorities in recent months as the government struggles with the attempt to reform its core public services. This does not augur well for attempts to get all public services online by 2005 and it augurs even less well for e-democracy, which has already become overshadowed and marginalised by policies dealing with the challenge of electronic service delivery.
This book looks at new evidence of the scale and practice of current e-democracy in Local Authorities in England and Wales. It presents some Good Practice Guidelines and a new strategic rationale for local and national government to take e-democracy policy more seriously.
Social housing need of the hour amid homelessness crisisAt a time when the social housing waitlist is weighed down with hundreds of thousands of people, the Scottish government has planned to reduce approximately £200 million in investment in social housebuilding. This could be disastrous and…
Health leaders, charities, experts and campaigners urge Chancellor to take action on ‘concerning’ state of UK health to deliver prosperity at Spring BudgetLeading health voices have written to Chancellor Jeremy Hunt to urge him to deliver a bold strategy to transform UK health and deliver nationwide prosperity.
Snakes and ladders: Tackling precarity in social security and employment supportAcross the country, people are trying to make ends meet, build financial security and pursue their aspirations. But, in a vicious cycle of snakes and ladders, many are being pulled down into poverty.