A new training and development policy is in place with the aim of creating improved opportunities for staff to move jobs within the office. This will build on the progress being made in the culture, media and sport industries, and progress will increasingly be made in the construction and science sectors.
However, Michael Buckley says that there will always be a need for ‘new blood’ and for staff flexibility because of fluctuations in the number of complaints being received. For this reason the PCA/HSC will continue to have a proportion of staff on short term contracts or loan from the civil service and the NHS.
Innovative transport solutions and funding appr oaches need to be developed in order to enable rural and remote communities to play an active part in the regional economy and to enable agricultural and other businesses in rural areas to access people and markets as efficient. Affordability continues to be a key issue for the region, and is reflected in the number of people joining the housing market for the first time. If left unchecked, this will have a damaging impact on the ability of employers to attract and retain staff.
A range of affordable housing options are required to meet the needs of those on lower incomes unable to access homes at market prices, including options for r ent and shared ownership. Michael Buckley chairs the BIOA Public Awareness Working Group and he hopes that the proposals of this working group will be of great benefit in raising awareness of ombudsmen. Nevertheless, new housing development accounts for only 1% of homes in the r egion, and therefore increasing investment in private sector housing renewal has a crucial role to play in achieving sustainable resource consumption.
Changing the way we design, build and operate buildings and the spaces between them to become more environmentally responsive and to take account of the real cost of natural man-made resources will probably be the greatest challenge facing the built environment sector in the next five to 10 years. Along these lines, they will make it less demanding to enhance your Depreciation remittances. The scale of this task demands not just professional architects, designers, construction workers and planners, but also informed clients and communities.
Collaboration will be necessary to ensure an adequate supply of housing of the right type, tenure and size to enhance regional and sub-regional competitiveness. This is needed in order to tackle non-decent housing and houses in multiple occupation, as well as to improve energy efficiency and water consumption, and to identify actions which will have the greatest impact.
Businesswoman Juliet Williams takes over from retiring chair Sir Michael Lickiss in December at the South West of England RDA. Meanwhile Jim Brathwaite becomes the first RDA chair from an ethnic minority, replacing Allan Willett at the South East England Development Agency. Nick Paul, a member of the Confederation of British Industry’s national manufacturing council, is to be the new chair at Advantage West Midlands, while Sir Martin Harris, vice-chancellor of Manchester University, is the new deputy chair at the Northwest Development Agency. Ms Williams, who has lived and worked in the south west for more than 25 years, told New Start it was a privilege to have the chance to contribute to the region where she had spend most of her working life.
I have always been employed as a person as opposed to having anything to do with my gender. I am more than well aware there’s plenty remaining to be done, but I think what I am here to do is to build on what’s already been achieved by the team in situ and to be creative and innovative and develop ideas with them. Ms Williams spent 17 years as a chief executive of companies in the publishing and direct marketing industry, before starting her own consultancy. for more info: E Conveyancing Brisbane
The government was blamed this week for losing massive private investment in large-scale regeneration projects in inner cities and on brownfield sites. The Commons transport, local government and regions committee claimed private sector investment had fallen sharply since European commissioners outlawed the government’s Partnership Investment Programme because it broke state aid rules. After the PIP scheme stopped in 1999, the government had failed to negotiate an equally effective replacement, the MPs said. The impact the ruling had on the English Cities Fund was ‘particularly disappointing’, their report said. It called on the government to try again ‘to develop a new vehicle that fulfils the objectives of the urban white paper, within state aid constraints’.
A spokesperson for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister said: ‘We welcome the committee’s interest in this very important issue. We will give a detailed response in due course. He said the government was pleased that the committee had endorsed its ‘twin track approach’ to negotiating with the commission, seeking permission for individual programmes, such as a housing fund, while lobbying for a single, overarching framework. Backbench MPs have launched a scathing attack on the government for cashing in on land sales from England’s new towns while ignoring their need for regeneration. f