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How training breaks down barriers to whistleblowing and fraud prevention

Article by Rachael Tiffen, Head of Counter Fraud and Governance at CIPFA

 

Establishing clear guidelines and policy for whistleblowing is a significant part of preventing and detecting fraud and misconduct in the workplace. It isn’t something which should be overlooked or swept under the carpet, especially as public services fraud costs the tax payer […]

SOUTH KIRKBY WASTE MANAGEMENT PLANT WORKING WITH COUNCIL TO BOOST EMPLOYMENT

South Kirkby Material Recycling Facility

Sarah Sanders, Diversity and Inclusion Manager of de Poel Community

de Poel Community, a social enterprise that was founded under the ethos of helping people with barriers to work to find sustainable employment, is celebrating boosting local employment with Shanks Waste Management, the international waste to product business […]

Hat-trick of public sector frameworks for Comensura

Jamie Horton

Comensura, a labour supply management specialist, expands its leadership in helping the UK public sector procure and manage temporary staffing needs, with three places on new frameworks –MSTAR2, the Cirrus Consortium and National Procurement Service for Wales.

Comensura has retained its position on the highly successful Managed Services for Temporary Agency Resources […]

Don’t risk a lopsided public service

Paul Connolly is Director of the MCA Think Tank

2015 is a crucial year for the public sector. The General Election has passed, and economic growth continues, but still the looming threats of Brexit, Grexit and Scoxit remain. If the challenges of the last Parliament were significant, going forward they will be even greater.

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Town councils in fair funding plea

A group of influential town councils has urged their national body, the National Association of Local Councils (NALC), to campaign for fairer funding to ensure tens of millions of pounds of Government funding is passed on to them.

NALC’s Larger Councils Committee, which represents the interests of larger parish and town councils within the organisation, […]

HP and Microsoft Team to Deliver Digital Transformations for Industries

HP today announced it is partnering with Microsoft Corp. to deliver solutions for the automotive, public sector and financial services industries to help organizations quickly deliver differentiated products and create new revenue through mobile, web and social channels.

HP Business Process as-a-Service (BPaaS) solutions for Microsoft Dynamics® provide organizations with rapid, industry-tailored solutions that allow […]

Getting Localism Right

Paul Connolly

Localism: seen by many as the answer to almost every local government question.

With good reason. Councils are close to the communities they serve. They are more immediately accountable to citizens than Whitehall departments, able to respond faster to what communities want.

And localism has the wind in its sails, as evidenced […]

Why Demand Management is important to local government

Martin Creswell is Chief Executive of iMPOWER and a member of the MCA Think Tank

Carl Jung once talked of synchronicity, of separate events connected by a form of ‘meaningful coincidence’. Such connections, difficult to explain through the standard scientific method, were somehow deliberate and that the manifestation of one was reliant on the […]

UK SBS Appoints deputy director of property asset management

Laura Thomson, Deputy Director, Property Asset Management, UK SBS

Shared business services mutual, UK SBS, has appointed Laura Thomson BSc MRICS as Deputy Director of its Property Asset Management service. She brings over 25 years private sector experience in corporate real estate to help deliver the strategic direction of UK SBS’ public sector clients. […]

Partnerships open doors to affordable LED lighting in public sector

The 8point3 LED/HMP Isis partnership, endorsed by Stephen Greenhalgh, Deputy Mayor for Crime and Police, amongst others

8point3 LED helps Swanscombe Leisure Centre achieve significant cost and energy savings through new LED lighting

It is well known that LEDs bring huge cost and energy savings to lighting in the public sector. One company, […]

Exporting not the only road to small business growth

Small and medium sized enterprises are missing out on a wealth of public sector contract opportunities and are being urged to revise their outdated view of a system they see as overly complicated. Despite local government spend topping £227bn, the lion’s share of SMEs still avoid taking advantage of this opportunity. A lack of technical […]

Pension changes leave public sector workers trapped

Jamie Smith-Thompson – managing director of Portal Financial

In a Ministerial Statement issued today the Government announced that it will prevent public sector workers from transferring their unfunded final salary pension to a private pension, in order to protect the Exchequer and taxpayers, leaving millions of people trapped in a scheme that may be […]

Charity borrowing on the increase, suggesting sector’s confidence is growing

Patrick Crawford, CEO, Charity Bank

The value of loans approved by Charity Bank for charities and other social sector organisations almost doubled in the first half of 2014 compared to the same period last year.

Over the first six months of this year, Charity Bank approved loans worth £11 million compared to £6 million […]

Site for Doncaster’s potential HS2 rail college revealed

Rail College proposed site

An artist impression of the potential HS2 rail college on the site at Lakeside – created by Bond Bryan Architects

The location of the potential HS2 rail college in Doncaster has been revealed.

The 5.1 acre site at Doncaster’s Lakeside, would see the campus located close to the town […]