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Custody Sergeant Dismissed from Force

On 13th July 2010 at Oxford Magistrates Court Sergeant Mark Andrews was found guilty of causing Actual Bodily Harm to Pamela Somerville whilst she had been a prisoner in police cells at Melksham Police station on 4th July 2008. […]

Debbie Abrahams visits Kaly's Sports Centre in Oldham

Debbie Abrahams the Labour candidate for the Oldham East and Saddleworth By-election visited a sports centre in Oldham. Kaly’s Sports Centre has ‘state of the art’ cricket practice facilities and huge childrens paly area, she met locals and saw how the centre is helping the lcoal community. […]

SPENDING REVIEW CUTS SET TO CAUSE CHAOS IF NOT ACCOMPANIED BY WHOLESALE CHANGE IN MANAGEMENT STYLE

Drastic cuts announced in October’s spending review, whilst achievable, could easily result in chaos to services if not managed appropriately. As the scale of the required savings in local government finally becomes clear, the reality is dawning that many authorities simply do not have the band-width or skills to deliver the budget reductions in any way other than through service cuts. Much of the opposition to the austerity package from both the public and unions is being driven by this fear […]

Nick Clegg visits Oldham in run up to the By-election

Nick Clegg visited Oldham Training Centre along with Elwyn Watkins in the run up to the Oldham East and Saddleworth By-election. […]

Siemens IT Solutions appointment

Siemens IT Solutions and Services has appointed a Head of Government Affairs to champion and develop relationships with central and local Government partners and trade associations. Steven Barker will take this ambassadorial role and lead engagements with public sector working groups concerned with standards in procurement, emergent and changing ICT strategies, plus the identification of innovative products, services and solutions. […]

REAL CHALLENGES FROM POLICE BUDGET CUT

Commenting following an announcement that Wiltshire Police Authority (WPA) will receive a 6 percent cut in grant funding in 2011-2012, Christopher Hoare, Chair of WPA said: -Cuts to the police budget for 2011-2012 bring very real challenges to ensuring the continuation of an effective policing service that local people rightly expect. […]

Officers save Man's life

A man who collapsed whilst walking home from work in the snow has thanked the people who saved his life today. Mike Ashton from Kingsdown near Sittingbourne had been walking in sub-zero temperatures early last Saturday morning (4 December) when his body temperature dipped so low he collapsed in an orchard at Chilton Manor Farm, off Highsted Lane, Rodmersham. […]

GMB CONSULTING IT'S MEMBERS

GMB in the North East today criticised NPower over it threat to cut the pay of it workers unable to get to work in the bad weather conditions affecting the region. […]

Ex-serviceman was assaulted for wearing a Royal Air Force jacket.

A 69-year-old ex-serviceman was assaulted for wearing a Royal Air Force jacket. , […]

Quangos, Mergers & Costs

What’s the real cost of rationalising quangos? Forget efficiency savings argues Marc Cetkowski, Head of Government and Public Sector at global project management consultancy PIPC. It is hoped, of course, mainly by the coalition marketing machine, that the potential devastation caused over the next 6-12 months will be quickly superseded in five years time when the coalition parties stand on the re-election platform and announce -we made the savings…we bought the deficit back into control. […]

Expert comment on Cyber Activism (Wikileaks attacks)

The news that Wikileaks supporters had brought down the Mastercard, Paypal, the Swedish Prosecutors office and Swiss PostFinance Bank has highlighted the issue of “cyber demonstrations” by activists. Potentially these will cost businesses millions, and bring down government services. […]

Barnsley Hospital's Emergency Department selects Kodak

Kodak (NYSE:EK) has announced that Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s Emergency Department has installed a File Stream electronic document management solution (EDMS), with Kodak i1320 scanner and tethered A3 flatbed accessory, to manage the emergency records of 70,000 patients seen every year. The hardware and software was supplied by Staffordshire-based, Ascot Business Solutions, in a deal worth around £15,000. […]

BETT Middle East ' a great success!

Thousands of educators came to experience the first ever BETT Middle East at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, proving the show to be an outstanding success. […]

Securing your privileged Identity – is anyone in control of Cloud security?

There are those who argue that the age of Cloud computing is merely in the minds of the more far-sighted IT visionaries. I have even met those whose businesses are indifferent to the Cloud. This indifference may cost them dearly – and soon. The UK’s new Coalition Government is implementing the -G-Cloud strategy (actually the strategy of the last Government) and there are some who claim that it will save the government £3.2bn from its annual £16bn IT budget of £16bn. That’s not just a big saving for the Government – it’s an obvious opportunity for suppliers who can ensure it is secure. […]