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Thursday 6 August 2020

There is no doubt that the pandemic has had a major impact on everyone, but how has it affected the number and need of affordable housing? The Government has recently

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Wednesday 5 August 2020

Insuring buildings and contents for blue light organisations is a relatively straightforward proposition. The challenges arise when insurers are asked to insure speed

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Monday 3 August 2020

We are pleased to invite you to ALARM's first ever virtual seminar featuring a suite of live sessions (via Zoom) over two days. Over the past decade public service

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Tuesday 28 July 2020

There has been a lack of clarity over the extent to which employees on furlough leave could assist in the investigation of accidents and claims, or be interviewed by

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WEBINAR WEDNESDAY - Civil claims and COVID-19

Wednesday 22 July 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has forever changed every aspect of our lives from our working environments, to our personal relationships. As a result, there is a new wave of

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Monday 20 July 2020

After serving on the ALARM Board for six years - including a stint as Chair in 2018-19 - I am delighted to be stepping into the role of Finance Director. I am passionate

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Housing response to Summer Economic Update

Thursday 16 July 2020

Rishi Sunak’s Summer Economic Update elicited bouquets and brickbats from housing sector representatives. The Summer Economic Update, announced recently, was a response

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Monday 13 July 2020

This year has seen huge transformation across the globe. From changes in the way we work, to how we interact with friends and family. ALARM has also experienced many

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SPONSOR SEGMENT - COVID-19 - managing children’s services’ risks

Thursday 9 July 2020

COVID-19 and subsequent requirements for social distancing, and regulations around travel and staff absences, have brought fresh challenges to those working in children’

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Wednesday 8 July 2020

In our latest webinar, Gabriel Fay, Parter at DWF LLP explores the risks and potential claims that may arise as a result of tree subsidence. Gabriel reviews

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Monday 6 July 2020

It gives me great pleasure to introduce myself - to those of you that do not know me - as ALARM’s new President, as Wayne’s tenure comes to an end. I would like to

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Sponsor segment - The overlooked risk of e-scooters

Friday 3 July 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic the Department for Transport (DfT) is delivering a green restart of local transport , which includes bringing forward e-scooter

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Wednesday 1 July 2020

Social media is an evolving environment and is fast becoming a regular feature in our everyday lives, in a personal and professional capacity. The greater use of social

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WEBINAR WEDNESDAY - Building protection into social housing developments

Wednesday 24 June 2020

The UK Government has recently announced plans to ease lock down measures, and has encouraged some sectors to slowly return to work. Following on from his recent news

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Monday 22 June 2020

I feel it’s important we regularly remind ourselves of the value risk management brings to an organisation - particularly during these challenging times. Risk management

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Thursday 18 June 2020

The Coronavirus Act 2020 allows ‘easements’ of certain duties of local authorities under the Care Act 2014 , effectively suspending those duties temporarily. What does

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Wednesday 17 June 2020

Cyber crime is an ever-changing landscape where criminals have access to more tools than ever. In our latest webinar, Johnty Mongan, Cyber Risk Consultant at Gallagher

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CASE FILES - What does Barlow v Wigan mean for local authorities?

Tuesday 16 June 2020

In an important ruling for local authorities the Court of Appeal has overturned the High Court decision that for a path to be a highway maintainable at public expense it

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Monday 8 June 2020

I was due to run the Manchester Marathon in early April. As the big day approached, I found myself worrying about things that seem laughable now. I worried about the

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Thursday 4 June 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has raised questions about using surveillance systems for tracking and tracing the spread of the virus, as well as enforcing movement restrictions

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Wednesday 3 June 2020

Amidst the global pandemic, climate change is a key issue still effecting our citizens, communities and public service organisations. Following the UK Government

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Tuesday 2 June 2020

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on mass gatherings, the 2020 ALARM AGM will be hosted virtually via Zoom. The AGM will take place at 9:00 on

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SPONSOR SEGMENT - Building protection into social housing developments

Friday 15 May 2020

David Mayor, Partner at Forbes Solicitors discusses essential COVID-19 protection measures for owners and operators of construction sites. How do you fit a window or

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Wednesday 13 May 2020

Work-related stress is increasing during this global crisis. Media reports give some indication of the pressures for keyworkers and the huge emotional strain on

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Monday 11 May 2020

I find myself sharing this blog from a very different place in my organisation to normal. I carry the resilience lead for Dundee City Council, as well as running some

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Managing open spaces

Thursday 7 May 2020

Colin Buttery, Director of Open Spaces at the City of London Corporation, shares how his department responded to COVID-19 within the initial period of lockdown .

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SPONSOR SEGMENT - Park life in lockdown

Tuesday 5 May 2020

Another long bank holiday weekend approaches and decisions have to be made on managing public spaces. Park use during COVID-19 restrictions has become an ongoing topic,

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SPONSOR SEGMENT - Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 update

Wednesday 29 April 2020

We are now just over a year since the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 came into force on 20 March 2019. The first anniversary was of major significant too

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Monday 27 April 2020

Six months ago, it would have been unimaginable not to be able to socialise with friends, go out to a restaurant, travel to meetings, or travel abroad on holiday. Who

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Stronger spotlight - Council commercial property scrutiny

Thursday 23 April 2020

Councils were already vulnerable to a downward trend affecting their commercial property investments, then along came COVID-19 and a country-wide lockdown, which has

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Guidance on best practice for landlords during COVID-19

Tuesday 21 April 2020

The Housing Ombudsman Service has published new guidance for landlords on complaint handling amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance sets out best practice on engaging

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SPONSOR SEGMENT - Obligations, regulations and procedures

Wednesday 15 April 2020

It’s difficult to manage daily operational challenges and still maintain standards and systems, when local and national governments, blue light services and the third

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ALARM Conference, Exhibition and Risk Awards

Wednesday 8 April 2020

At ALARM, our main focus is that our members and partners are supported in their roles, whilst ensuring their safety and that of our colleagues and team members. In

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Behavioural Analysis Conference 2020 6-7 October

Wednesday 1 April 2020

Greenlight would like to invite you to their two-day conference on 6 and 7 October exploring how hostile or criminal intent can be identified through the observation of

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Staying resilient in isolation

Monday 30 March 2020

Whether you are self-isolating, working from home or just social distancing, everyone is going to feel a lot more isolated and vulnerable now we are in lockdown. We need

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Friday 27 March 2020

Being 'at work' is now defined by what you do and not where you do it. The UK Government is requiring businesses to encourage employees to work at home, wherever

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Coronavirus Bill update

Wednesday 25 March 2020

The Coronavirus Bill went to the House of Lords on Tuesday and is expected to become legislation by Thursday, triggering a parliamentary recess. The Bill will deal with

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ALARM's response to COVID-19

Monday 23 March 2020

We would like to reassure our members, sponsors and partners that ALARM remains open and working on your behalf through this difficult time. At ALARM, our main objective

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What the Coronavirus Bill may mean for public services

Friday 20 March 2020

The upcoming Coronavirus Bill which will be fast tracked through Government, taking effect by the end of March, contains changes to the way public services are delivered

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SPONSOR SEGMENT - Inspections in vulnerable person's properties and care homes

Thursday 19 March 2020

In common with a number of other providers, Zurich Municipal carry out safety inspections on plant and equipment belonging to our customers, many of which are to ensure

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MY VIEW - Proposed changes to ALARM’s Constitution

Monday 16 March 2020

Part of my role as Company Secretary of ALARM is to be gatekeeper of the organisation’s governance arrangements. We are all rightly proud that ALARM is an association of

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SPONSOR SEGMENT - DoLS and the quest for damages

Thursday 12 March 2020

Deprivation of Liberty safeguards (DoLS) regime is due to be replaced by the Liberty Protection Safeguards . The draft code of practice should be published for

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Tuesday 10 March 2020

In this week's Meet the Member we speak to Corrina Young, Risk & Technical Officer at London Borough of Waltham Forest Council and member of the ALARM South East

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Monday 9 March 2020

ALARM is closely monitoring the evolution of the COVID-19 outbreak in the UK and following advice from the UK Government and its agencies. The safety of our members and

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MY VIEW - Fire poses an increasing danger to housing providers

Monday 2 March 2020

The high-profile media subject of domestic fires has put buildings under scrutiny, as well as raise risk awareness. Fire doesn’t just carry a financial and

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Thursday 27 February 2020

We are steadily approaching the anniversary of the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 coming into force. For the first 12 months it has only applied to new

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Tuesday 25 February 2020

In this week's Meet the Member we speak to Sonal Devani, Risk Management Manager at Leicester City Council and member of the ALARM Midlands Branch Committee. What is

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Bob Craik Award

Friday 21 February 2020

Andrea Nitschke, Risk and Insurance Manager at London Borough of Waltham Forest Council, has been announced as the fourth recipient of the Bob Craik Award. Karen Gooch,

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Wednesday 19 February 2020

This year ALARM President, Wayne Rigby, has chosen to support  Moodswings ; a unique, award winning charity providing intense support to people with mood disorders and

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Monday 17 February 2020

I am a keen runner. In April I will be taking part in the Manchester Marathon, and of an evening I can usually be found in the streets of Teesside ticking off miles and

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Thursday 13 February 2020

The Clean Air (Human Rights) Bill had its first reading in the House of Commons on 13 January 2020 with the date of the second reading to be announced. The Bill is a

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Tuesday 11 February 2020

In this week's Meet the Member we speak to Douglas Mathers, Finance Officer at South Lanarkshire Council and member of the ALARM Scotland Branch Committee. What is your

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Friday 7 February 2020

We may be celebrating the Chinese Year of the Rat, but there is concern over the growing number that are trying to make themselves at home in our homes. They may be cute

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Public sector seminars 2020

Friday 7 February 2020

Gallagher and BLM would like to invite you to their joint seminars taking place in London on Tuesday 25 February 2020 and Birmingham on Thursday 12 March 2020. There has

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MY VIEW - Public sector insurance market

Monday 3 February 2020

The public sector insurance market never stands still. One of the genuine attractions of being involved in the public sector insurance and risk market is that it never

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Thursday 30 January 2020

Climate change is now a pressing issue for most councils. According to the LGA, around 230 councils have declared a climate emergency . Councils are taking steps to

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Tuesday 28 January 2020

In this week's Meet the Member we speak to Susan Ruddock, Corporate Risk & Insurance Manager at Transport for Wales and Chair of the ALARM Wales Branch Committee.

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Warming warning - A snapshot on climate change in the UK

Thursday 23 January 2020

Climate change is firmly on society’s agenda and in the news. At the start of a new decade we gather a few of the latest stats and facts on the evidence of increased

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Back to basics or advancing the agenda?

Tuesday 21 January 2020

We are going back to basics with the return of our suite of risk management courses. This course has been designed to provide a basic yet comprehensive understanding of

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MY VIEW - ALARM's 2020 vision

Monday 20 January 2020

As we all settle back into work after a well-deserved festive break and plan for the year ahead, we have been planning our 2020 vision here at ALARM. At the December

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There's no plan(et) B

Thursday 16 January 2020

Our main focus for the first quarter of 2020 is climate change and the environment and how public service organisations are responding to the UK Government's declaration

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Meet the member - DAVID FORSTER

Tuesday 14 January 2020

In this week's Meet the Member we speak to David Forster, Insurance Claims Handler at Doncaster Council and member of the ALARM North Branch Committee. What is your role

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Public services’ headlines from the Queen’s Speech

Friday 20 December 2019

Much of the Queen’s Speech on 19 December resembled the last one in October but there were some post-election changes for public services. In the Queen’s Speech the

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MY VIEW - Blue light update

Monday 16 December 2019

ALARM's Blue Light Group is increading in popularity and its events profile important sector risks and issues. The UK continues to face a substantial threat from both

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Hot topics and golden nuggets!

Thursday 12 December 2019

There is always at least one golden nugget of information and best practise to take away from a Branch seminar. I enjoy attending the South West Branch’s seminars as I

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MY VIEW - The importance of influencing

Monday 2 December 2019

Influence executive officers on the relevance of protective controls. As a panel member on how to effectively exert influence within the workplace, at the ALARM Scotland

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MY VIEW - Constitutional changes for ALARM

Monday 18 November 2019

The ALARM Board is reviewing ALARM’s governance and has begun a fundamental re-evaluation of its constitutional arrangements. We need to ensure ALARM’s constitutional

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ALARM responds to DfE consultation

Monday 4 November 2019

Following the Department for Education (DfE) launching its consultation on extending the academies' risk protection arrangement (RPA) to local authority maintained

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MY VIEW - Brexit, no big deal!

Monday 28 October 2019

Although 31 October is no longer a no-deal deadline, while Government debates a Brexit deal the threat remains, so we prepare for the worst. In August 2019 I was

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Well Managed Highways Infrastructure: a code of practice

Tuesday 22 October 2019

The UK Road Liaison Group’s new code of practice has thrown up challenges for local authorities. The move away from specific guidance on road maintenance to a risk-based

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MY VIEW - Audit committees, risk and councils

Monday 21 October 2019

Have you ever wondered about the role of an audit committee in risk management? An audit committee’s role will be outlined in the committee’s terms of reference. However

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The seventh annual Sector Risk Profile

Thursday 17 October 2019

The Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) expresses its concerns over growing risks for registered housing providers, highlighting a rise in strategic and operational risks

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MY VIEW - ALARM's one year plan

Monday 7 October 2019

ALARM’s planning day focused on actions over the next year to take the association into a vibrant and sustainable era. Six weeks into my tenure as President of ALARM I

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MY VIEW - Is your council Brexit ready?

Monday 23 September 2019

The risk of a no deal Brexit remain high. Councils need to be prepared. What are you doing to manage no deal Brexit risks? It is critical councils do everything they can

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Dunfermline highlights the need for extra vigilance

Wednesday 28 August 2019

Last Sunday’s fire at a school in Dunfermline highlights the need for extra vigilance as we approach the end of the summer holidays and start the new school year. The

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The Scottish redress scheme - what happens next?

Monday 12 August 2019

Kennedys are hosting a seminar to review the Scottish redress scheme and the next steps. The seminar is taking place on Monday 9 September at the Sheraton Grand Hotel,

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A basic guide to Brexit issues

Wednesday 7 August 2019

Brexit: what does it all mean, where are we now and what might happen next? It is over three years since the Referendum on the UK’s continued membership of the European

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Call for 2020 ALARM Conference speakers

Tuesday 6 August 2019

We are now seeking speakers for the 2020 ALARM Conference. The ALARM Conference is a comprehensive source of information, training, education and network sharing for

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MY VIEW - All Change

Monday 5 August 2019

As you may have read in Chris’ recent My View post, he steps down as the Chair of ALARM today, 5 August, and I take up the reigns in leading the organisation until the

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MY VIEW - In with the new

Thursday 25 July 2019

As I sit on a packed train, stranded at St Neots station on the hottest day of the year, it hit me that I have fewer than ten days left as the Chair of ALARM. I can’t

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Benchmarking risk management performance

Monday 15 July 2019

How do ALARM and CIPFA benchmark risk management? The model used to assess risk management performance is based on HM Treasury's Risk management assessment framework .

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Weightmans evolve: The supply chain of the future

Thursday 4 July 2019

Weightmans are delighted to invite you to the national launch of Weightmans Evolve: The Supply Chain of the Future , Weightmans' most comprehensive research report into

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Wednesday 22 May 2019

In the recent ALARM publication, Local government insurance update , we discuss the insurance market and how this has developed over recent years; now with increased

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MY VIEW - Third sector spotlight

Monday 13 May 2019

Are charities investing too little in essential support activities, improving their governance, and managing organisational risks? Holding charities to account Although

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MY VIEW - Goodbye Board!

Wednesday 17 April 2019

In June I will have been an ALARM Director for nine years and will step down as an elected board member. It is time for a new ALARM Director to take my place - maybe you

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Join the ALARM Board

Monday 1 April 2019

ALARM is currently seeking nominations for the Board of Directors Are you passionate about helping ALARM develop and grow as the UK's premier public service risk

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MY VIEW - Networking to now

Friday 29 March 2019

Networking is a process that fosters the exchange of information and ideas among individuals or groups that share a common interest. When I first started out in the

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Positive news on potholes

Friday 29 March 2019

There's not much to celebrate at the moment but one piece of good news caught the attention of ALARM: potholes in local roads are not getting worse! A report on local

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Discount Review Announced

Wednesday 20 March 2019

The much anticipated review of the Discount Rate has been launched by the Government. In a statement to the London Stock Exchange, the Lord Chancellor, David Gauke,

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CIR Business Continuity Awards 2019 - shortlist announced

Monday 18 March 2019

Now in their 21st successful year, the CIR Business Continuity Awards recognise those business continuity, security, resilience and risk professionals whose innovative

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Building a safer future

Wednesday 13 March 2019

The Fire Protection Association (FPA) hosted their Building a Safer Future seminar last month, covering the Government's implementation plan to the Hackitt Review which

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Scottish Housing Providers to be subject to the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Friday 8 March 2019

Until now Scottish registered social housing providers have not been deemed public authorities for the purpose of the Freedom of information (Scotland) Act 2002 .

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Taking it back to basics

Wednesday 27 February 2019

This guide has been created to provide an overview of the most common types of insurances associated with organisations delivering services to citizens and communities.

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A journey of hope for children with epilepsy

Tuesday 26 February 2019

This year ALARM Chair, Chris Walker has chosen to support The Daisy Garland Foundation; a family run, national registered charity, working exclusively with drug-

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Calling all Northern members

Wednesday 20 February 2019

In order to better support members from the North of England, we have decided to merge the North West and North East & Yorkshire Groups into a new Northern Group. We

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Balancing the books

Friday 8 February 2019

A growing number of local authorities are reportedly struggling to balance the books. Austerity has been with local government for eight years. Many council officers

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Tuesday 29 January 2019

The risks facing emergency services in 2019 make the support offered by ALARM's Blue Light Group even more valuable. These are difficult times for police, fire and

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