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November 2009
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Greater Manchester Police Authority wins award

GREATER Manchester Police Authority (GMPA) has scooped a national award for an innovative . The Authority fought off competition from police authorities in Avon and Somerset, West Midlands and West Yorkshire to secure the accolade from the Association of Police Authorities (APA).

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Wakefield Council Trade Deal

Wakefield Council has signed a pioneering agreement to boost mutual trade opportunities and open new doors for a wide range of local businesses. On Monday 2nd November Wakefield Council Leader Peter Box formalised the district’s economic relationship with Romania by signing a memorandum of agreement with Antonie Solomon, the Mayor of Craiova.

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Speech recognition within the UK health policy framework

Hospitals in the UK produce an estimated 206 million reports each year, with general practitioners adding another 184 million. Currently, transcription of medical dictation consumes half a billion pounds of the NHS budget each year. Add to that the increasing healthcare requirements of an aging society and it becomes obvious that healthcare providers must act, in order to ensure high quality care while keeping costs down.

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Governments plans for public sector reform

At the heart of the Government’s plans for public sector reform is the need to reduce costs, and improve the accountability and quality of the services it delivers. In April, Chancellor Alastair Darling announced plans to make £9 billion in efficiency cuts each year by 2013, in addition to the £5 billion announced in the pre-Budget report in November 2008.

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Is the Government tendering processes a hindrance to the public sector cuts?

Stuart Littleford speaks with Jeremy Galpin, Sales Director of De Poel Consulting. Prior to joining de Poel, Jeremy spent nine years working for one of the UK’s largest recruitment groups. Having worked initially in operations, Jeremy then progressed to a corporate business development role where he was responsible for delivering group recruitment solutions to some of the UK’s largest logistics and manufacturing companies.

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De Poel Consulting

Matthew Sanders, CEO for de Poel Consulting, the number one procurer of temporary agency labour in the UK, believes so. The Government tendering processes excluding small businesses (SMEs) from public sector contracts is not a new phenomenon. For years, this volatile albeit significant group has been prohibited from sharing in the estimated £175Bn of tax payers’ money spent on both goods and services every year.

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Records Management

As public sector organisations creating an ever-expanding volume of data and face increasing regulatory requirements, the need for stringent records management policies has never been greater. Frank Hopping, Managing Director of Crown Records Management (UK & Ireland) examines what’s at stake and explores how to develop effective procedures.

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Rising to the Challenge

With the spectre of 2011 looming ever closer, local authorities with National Challenge schools are increasingly turning to the National Challenge Trust (NCT) school model as a way of strengthening leadership and raising achievement. But as Mark Blois and Vicki Hair of law firm Browne Jacobson explain, the transition to NCT status could be anything but smooth.

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Fire Service Data Sharing

The UK Government’s modernisation agenda for the fire service (as outlined in the 2003 white paper “Our Fire and Rescue Service” which itself results from the 2002 Bain report) calls for a greater emphasis on fire prevention activities not least since the white paper recognised that 50 per cent of fire related deaths reportedly take place before the fire service is even called.

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Top economist Roger Bootle warns UK house price to fall another 35% in 2010

Top economist Roger Bootle warns UK house price to fall another 35% in 2010. In an interview with Nigel Pivaro for the Government & Public Sector Journal Roger Bootle warns that house prices are set to fall dramatically next year and we are still a long way from seeing the end of the recession. Nigel asks him some interesting questions after reading Rogers new book ‘The Trouble With Markets’.

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