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THE CHILLING EFFECT OF THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000: HOW REAL IS IT?

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 was intended to make the process of government more open, accountable and transparent. And it has gone some way in achieving these objectives. However, have there also been unintended consequences? Most notably is the fear that the Act has had a -chilling effect” upon frank and open communication within the range of central and local government bodies and other public authorities subject to the Act, as well as the full and accurate recording of that communication. […]

Care homes must not be 'islands of the old' says new report

Care homes will play an ever-increasing role in supporting older people in the future yet are being held back by a culture of – negativity and – stigma felt by both care workers and older people. […]

UK Q3 GDP: Golden Olympic recovery

-The ONS’ preliminary estimate of Q3 GDP showed the economy grew by a huge 1.0%, ending the UK’s longest double-dip recession since the Second World War in sensational style. Year on year growth rose from -0.5% to flat. The results are significantly stronger than the 0.6% consensus estimates, and our own estimate of 0.5%. […]

New web site goes live as national Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Show 2014 gathers momentum

The new official website for the forthcoming Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Show 2014 is now live, the organisers have announced. […]

SLINGSBY HELPS WORKPLACE SAFETY

WORKPLACE equipment supplier Slingsby is again supporting this year’s ‘Ladder Exchange Initiative’, which offers substantial discounts on new ladders that are part exchanged for damaged ones. This comes after recent figures revealed the number of fatal injuries in British workplaces is no longer in decline and that falls from height remain the main cause of these accidents. […]

G-Cloud II – Bursting the Legacy Bubble

FlyingBinary announced on October 26th 2012 a major expansion of G-Cloud Services only eight months after the initial G-Cloud Framework Agreement awards. Jacqui Taylor, FlyingBinary’s CEO, commented, -Most Departments have legacy systems that are inhibiting adoption of lower cost, flexible cloud solutions. […]