Tuesday, 30 November 2010

£4B funding for health initiatives

Andrew Lansley has announced £4B funding ring fenced to improve the nation's health working through Local Authorities and new health body.

Our health is one of the key themes of the next SCNF event where we will be show-casing a range of scheme which reward and incentive behaviour change. The event will feature the Barking & Dagenham scheme which tackles childhood obesity and teenage sexual health. We have also invited representatives from NHS and will have the first report on the Southampton initiative sponsored by DWP to encourage older citizens to become more active.

Places are limited for this event which is free for SCNF member to attend. For more information, go to www.scnf.org.uk or email events@scnf.org.uk.

Kevin Farquharson
Co-Chair SCNF

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Rewards, Incentives and Loyalty 19th Jan

We are holding our next event on 19th Jan, because we believe it is the right time to discuss how rewards, incentives and loyalty schemes can encourage residents to participate and support their local community.

Climate, economic, health and social pressures are expected to have an increasing impact on our lives and provision of services. Local Authorities are trying to deliver the same or better services with less resource.

As Lord Nat Wei recently stated, "it is how we support citizens in taking control of their lives" (and local environment).

At this event, you will discover how other authorities are increasing recycling rates while saving on landfill costs, learn about schemes to encourage healthy eating & postive activity, hear about sustainable shemes to support local businesses and find out about the success of timebanking to encourage participation in the local community.

This unique event brings together case studies and discussion of the principal aspects of our world which we would like to see improved - environment, health, community and social wealth.

We look forward to meeting you at the event on 19th Jan 2011. Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Kevin Farquharson
Co-Chair SCNF

Monday, 8 November 2010

Pre-paid in Public Transport Workshop

Norman Baker, Under Secretary of State for Transport has recently re-inforced his expectation that one smart card should be used to travel seamlessly anywhere in the country, possibly including bikes and car clubs.

While this is already possible for holders of a concessionary transport smart card, how will it be realised for those of us who have to pay for each journey on public transport?

On one hand TfL has firmly committed to introduce support for contactless debit and credit cards to be used, making it much easier for occasional visitors to travel. Also by 2012, you should be able to travel through or into London with an ITSO ticket. Elsewhere regional schemes are thinking about various methods of pre-paid travel and "stored travel rights", but are they compatible for seamless travel - does an Oxford pound buy a journey in Leicester? What do you need to make the journey experience better and public transport more accessible? Is the hassle of loading your card just moving from the station to a kiosk or corner shop?

It explore these challenges and the consequences of enabling pre-paid EMV cards for use on public transport, SCNF is holding a workshop on 24th Nov in conjunction with Global Pre-paid Exchange. If you have thoughts, questions or would like to participate, please contact us on chair@scnf.org.uk

Kevin Farquharson & Steve Beecroft
Co-Chairs SCNF see www.scnf.org.uk