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December 2009
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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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