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New report examines older women’s and homelessness in Australia

The Mercy Foundation has released a report entitled, Older women’s pathways out of homelessness in Australia (PDF 470kb). The report, authored by researhers from theInstitute for Social Science Research at the University of Queensland, “examines service responses and innovative models tailored for older women who have experienced homelessness.”

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Article reports on US progress toward government digital strategy

The article, VanRoekel sees progress on government’s digital strategy, is an interview with the Chief Information Officer of the United States, Steven VanRoekel about progress toward the government digital strategy. The article also contains a link to the results of the Digital Government Study 2014 (PDF 2.1mb) produced by Fedscoop which, “assessed attitudes and challenges around a digital government” and examined “what can be done to help agencies get to the next level in implementing it.”

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Institute of Child Protection Studies releases report on supporting homeless fathers

The Institute of Child Protection Studies has released the fifth publication in the Research to practices series. Entitled, Supporting fathers who are homeless, (PDF 940kb) the paper, discusses issues faced by homeless fathers in Australia and the implications for service delivery.

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Canadian government launches Digital Canada 150

The Canadian government has launched the Digital Canada 150 strategy which “represents a comprehensive approach to ensuring Canada can take full advantage of the opportunities of the digital age.” Digital government is one of the five pillars in the strategy

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British Columbia releases response to digital services consultation

The British Columbia Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services has published the Digital Services Consultation. Fall 2013. Minister’s response (PDF 340kb). The report, “summarizes the findings of the consultation process and describes the government’s response.”

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UK report examines scale and standardisation in relation to public services

A report, Saving money by doing the right thing : why “local by default” must replace ” diseconomies of scale” (PDF 2.8mb) has been published by UK organisation. Locality. The report, “reveals the potential to save around £16 billion by making public service deliver ‘local by default’ and challenging false economies of scale.”

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Community Services & Health Industry Skills Council releases evironmental scan

The Community Services & Health Industry Skills Council has released the report, Agenda for change. Environmental scan 2014 (PDF 3.2mb). The publication was prepared, “to highlight industry intelligence about existing and emerging trends in the community services and health industry, especially with regard to workforce development.”

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UK government announces new measures to deter benefit fraud

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced new processes to deter benefit fraud. Details of the measures may be found in the departmental press release, New measures to protect the integrity of the benefits system.

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UK Labour Party launches Digital Government Review

The Labour Party in the United Kingdom has launched a Digital Government Review. “Speaking at the launch of Digital Britain 2015, Chi Onwurah MP, said:
“Labour’s Digital Government Review will set out clear goals for a digital agenda that will improve services and empower citizens whilst being efficient and cost effective.
Under the guidance of our Advisory Board and with contributions from a wide range of stakeholders across the country, the review will deliver a framework for transforming digital government together with concrete policy proposals to make digital services work for the many.”"

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