Evaluation of the School Fruit and Vegetable Pilot Scheme. September 2005. The School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme (SFVS), is one aspect of the '5 A DAY' programme and provides a free piece of fruit or a vegetable to children aged four to six years, each school day. Research summary and report.
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Developments and Trends in Mental Health Policy. Mental health is one of Government?s top three priorities for the health service and has seen sustained policy activism and extra resources. Yet despite both money and activity, there is a widespread sense of unease that improvements are not happening fast enough and not making a real difference to the lives of service users. Mental health has suffered from a legacy of under-resourcing, public stigma and mistrust of medical professionals, which all combine to create distinctive challenges for the mental health reform. This working paper aims to show how the changes introduced by Government policy, as well as broader social trends, have had an impact on the development of mental health services and aims to highlight some contrasting developments and tensions within policy. By Jennifer Rankin.
Three Steps Forward Two Steps Back: reforming PPP policy . This report examines the challenges to the efficient, equitable and accountable delivery of public services through public private partnerships. Taking ippr's Commission on PPPs as its starting point, it examines recent Government progress and suggests further improvements. Issues addressed include: (i) value for money: how the Private Finance Initiative has performed and how that performance can be improved (ii) work force issues in PPPs: assessing the extent of the 'two-tier workforce' and the options for ending it (iii) accountability: how to make PPPs more open and responsive to their users. Tim Gosling with: Richard Brooks, Paul Maltby and Malcolm Wing.
Strategies for Seniors and Sport . Physical activity has only recently become a social policy priority. There are two reasons for this heightened attention: (i) health-care and other costs have increased due to inactive lifestyles and (ii) demographic changes require new thinking in many areas, especially concerning how to support activity and foster independent living in older age.
By Anglo-German Foundation, UK, Germany.