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December 2009
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Protecting the IT infrastructure of Britain's most dispersed emergency service network

Highlands & Islands Fire and Rescue Service (HIFRS) is the most northerly in the country, covering a geographical area of approximately 12,000 square miles providing a fire, rescue and community safety service to the populations of the Highlands, the Shetland Islands, the Orkney Islands and the Western Isles. […]

Fuel cell hybrid taxis: A new era for road transport

Tackling the growth of carbon emissions from road transport and meeting demanding emission standards are major challenges for the automotive industry. The concept of green motoring, however, is taking off in the UK with incentive schemes offering cash to motorists who scrap their old models in favour of cleaner alternatives like electric vehicles. […]

WGA 'The Wholly' Grail of Public Sector Accounting?

For many not directly involved in public sector financial reporting the move to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) for all public sector entities must feel like finance colleagues creating another self-generating, cottage industry. Shadow accounts, restated balance sheets and further audit reviews leading to the holy grail of WGA (Whole of Government Accounts) seem curious distractions at a time when the public sector is facing huge funding challenges. […]

Public Sector Leadership Teams: Keeping An Eye On The Financial Football

Whilst England’s campaign for world cup qualification in South Africa has been impressive, doubts still remain over some of the key positions. Left side midfield remains a long term problem and the goalkeeper’s spot also now has question marks over it. These remain specialist positions where the limited number of convincing contenders reflects a dearth of talent coming through. […]

Animal Loving Authority

POLICE Authority volunteers have jumped in the saddle of a scheme aimed at ensuring police force dogs and horses don’t get a woof ride. Greater Manchester Police Authority’s Animal Welfare Visiting Scheme was trotted out earlier this month (Dec 7). […]

Scientists take satellite technology skills to Africa

Scientists at the University of Bath have set up a specialist research lab in Madagascar to train local students in using the latest satellite technology to monitor and conserve the environment. Dr Peter Long and Professor Tamas Szekely, from the University’s Department of Biology & Biochemistry, have transformed a previously empty room at the University of Toliara into a Geographical Information Science (GIS) lab. […]

Surrey Police did not discriminate against dismissed officer

An Employment Tribunal in Croydon has rejected a claim that Surrey Police discriminated against an officer who was dismissed for poor performance during her probationary period. […]

First look at Bolton's new council houses

A design has been unveiled for the first council houses to be built in Bolton for 20 years. Planning approval was recently granted for the £2 million scheme, which will see 17 homes built on land at Hamilton Court, in Little Lever. The project, which was given a £1 million grant by the government, will see work commencing in February. […]


Police in Oldham have raised £3,681 for men and women injured while serving with the armed forces by giving shoppers a little extra help at the checkout. Officers and Police Community Support Officers took part in a bag-packing event on Thursday 3 December to raise money for the Help for Heroes charity. […]

Young Filmmakers Win over Merseyside Police

Budding young filmmakers from Huyton Sports and Arts Centre for Learningare celebrating after making a winning movie about the consequences ofbecoming involved with gangs and guns as part of a Merseyside Police awareness campaign. […]

e-ticketing for public transport

Commuters around the world have been waiting for “paperless” tickets for some time now, says John Elliott, Head of Public Sector Practice at Consult Hyperion. But there are still some important lessons to be learnt from the international trials held to date […]

The CRC is an opportunity, not a threat

With the Cop 15 Climate Change event in Copenhagen drawing to a close, now is a time for reflection. A period for the governments and people involved to sit back and reflect on decisions made. Further treaties and agreements will no doubt be made over the course of the next few months as world leaders try to comprehend the scale of the challenges arrayed against them and bring about the changes needed to preserve this world and our natural resources. […]

The proven Lean route to healthcare improvement

Lean methodologies that have revolutionised manufacturing are achieving impressive results in hospitals. Many healthcare managers are using the principles, systems and tools of Lean to stretch limited resources, improve the quality of patient care and safety, eliminate errors, reduce waste, cut delays and reduce the length of patient stays. […]

Communication is key

Groupcall is a leading provider of communication and data solutions to the education, public and private sectors. Stuart Abrahams, Groupcall business development director, discusses the positive impact regular communication between a school and a parent can have on a child’s education. He explores how a parental communication system, such as Groupcall Messenger, can assist Local Authorities (LAs) and its schools to achieve this. […]