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Leicester City Council improves mobile workforce productivity and customer care with GRASP

As the East Midland’s principal unitary authority, Leicester City Council is the primary residential landlord in the area, responsible for a social housing stock of over 22,000 properties. To ensure that its properties are kept in the optimum state of repair, the Council employs a large mobile workforce of skilled trades operatives (bricklayers, carpenters, plasterers, plumbers, electricians, roofers, painters and decorators etc). This workforce undertakes all of the planned and reactive maintenance and renovation work on the properties, with job allocation and scheduling organised on a daily, and potentially, real-time basis. […]

Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust first to implement CSC's complete next-generation pathology suite

Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust will be the first to implement the full suite of CSC’s next-generation laboratory products to help meet the evolving demands and requirements of a modern pathology service. […]

The Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Report: A prescription for change?

Robert Francis QC’s inquiry into the appalling failures in care at the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust follows in the footsteps of some forty previous inquiries into the NHS in the last four decades – a point which he made in his opening address to the Inquiry. He also noted that his inquiry was investigating many of the same areas which the Bristol Royal Infirmary Inquiry considered in detail some ten years earlier. He was clearly conscious of the danger of his inquiry not translating into real change within the healthcare system. […]

The Revising of Educational Relationships

We live in a world that bastions the individual and celebrates specialism. Since the C18th we have been steadily outsourcing not only industry, health and education, but now, according to Hochschild’s ‘Commodity Frontier’ even our personal relationships. Whilst compartmentalising our lives may increase efficiency, it’s detrimental to our education system and our children. An effect we’re seeing as the UK slides down the OECD ranks in Math, English and Science, faces increasing swathes of ‘Neets’ and witnesses over 20,000, 14 year olds migrating away from formal education. […]

Albert Kennedy Trust Announces Edward Lord as New Chair

The Albert Kennedy Trust, the charity for young homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people today announces the appointment of leading City of London politician Edward Lord OBE as the new Chair of the charity. Lord replaces previous Chair James Hodge who stepped down from the role in March after a year as Chair and a total of six years on the board. […]

Axis network cameras help bring state-of-the-art surveillance to Breckland

Covering an area of about 500 square miles, Breckland is made up of the five market towns of Attleborough, Dereham, Swaffham, Thetford and Watton and also a number of industrial areas and rural communities. […]


GPSJ has raised concerns around a possible security risk arising from the sale of unauthorised press cards on EBay that look very similar to the official UK Press passes used to identify professional journalists in various work situations. […]

The new City of Westminster Courts is nearing completion.

The building’s striking stone facades were revealed earlier this month and completion scheduled for the end of July. The building was designed by the Hurd Rolland Partnership and delivered by Laing O Rourke Plc for Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service. […]

Environmental Enforcement ' Looking to the Private Sector

July 2010 saw Maidstone Council embark on a year-long trial initiative with the Xfor Group, a local authority support services provider, in order to supplement its existing environmental enforcement team. Xfor’s Michael Fisher looks at how the initiative has fared. […]

What customer-centricity really means and why it matters so much

More than thirty years of earning my living from trying to help people forge better relationships with their customers has convinced me that if we’re to get better at dealing with customers in our professional lives, we need to improve how we communicate with and relate to people in all areas of our lives. […]

Police Rider Wins At Bluelight Horse of the Year

Inspector Tracy Day of Bedfordshire Police has won two competitions in the Bluelight Horse of the Year Show held at Aintree Racecourse over 23rd July 25th July. […]

Budget 2010: Major public sector cutbacks are underway, however savings can still be delivered without hitting frontline services

The emergency budget has given us the first real indication of how and where the coalition’s major spending cuts are going to occur. Chancellor George Osborne has spelt out the agenda in recent weeks, explaining that, “decisive action to deal with Britain’s record budget deficit” , estimated to be running at £149 billion annually with a structural deficit of £113.5 billion- is the top priority or else the country is on the “road to ruin”. […]


Commenting on the latest unemployment figures released today (16 June), Dave Prentis, UNISON’s General Secretary, said: -With unemployment on the up again it makes no sense to throw thousands more people on to the dole queues. […]


Robert Napier, Chairman of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), visited Merseyside this week to see the positive impact the Agency’s investment is having in the area and to assess what still needs to be done. […]