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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

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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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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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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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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Public sector seminar 2019

Friday 15 November 2019

Gallagher and BLM would like to invite you to their joint winter seminar taking place in Manchester on Friday 29 November. There has been a discernible increase in local

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National Housing Federation’s Audit and Risk Conference

Wednesday 13 November 2019

The National Housing Federation’s Audit and Risk Conference 2019 is the only event you need to attend to future-proof and stabilise your organisation in this uncertain

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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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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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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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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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Cuckooing and county lines

Monday 30 September 2019

Cuckooing and county lines are becoming prominent issues in our communities. Forbes Solicitors, along with the Regional Organised Crime Unit and other partner agencies

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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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Join Browne Jacobson at their next Claims Club

Tuesday 13 August 2019

A well-attended forum, the Browne Jacobson Claims Club sees claims team members from a wide range of local authorities come together in an informal setting for learning

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Building a safer future - 27 February 2019

Monday 4 February 2019

The Government's implementation plan to the Hackitt Review was released in December 2018. With so many grey areas emerging, the Fire Protection Agency (FPA) is

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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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Tuesday 22 January 2019

In conjunction with Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), we are embarking on a research project: Risk reporting in the public sector . The overarching aim of this

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My view

Wednesday 19 December 2018

Brexit has fast become a boring buzz word, with many in the UK switching over when they hear the daily news. It's easy to disengage completely, especially as Christmas

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Housing in the headlines

Wednesday 12 December 2018

We have launched stronger housing , a special ALARM publication specifically for the social housing sector. This technical journal has been created with registered

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My view

Wednesday 28 November 2018

My local authority has joined a growing number, of varying sizes and in various locations, who have been reported as: 'struggling to balance the books'. Austerity has

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Myeloma UK receives £1,000 donation courtesy of JLT and ALARM member

Tuesday 20 November 2018

Myeloma UK has received a donation of £1,000 courtesy of insurance brokers JLT Specialty Public Sector UK Retail and Nicola Wiseman, Claims Lead at Essex County Council

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Gallagher Winter Seminar 3 December 2018

Saturday 17 November 2018

Managing contractual, strategic and procurement risk in the modern public sector Gallagher's Winter seminar looks at how public sector risks continue to change and what

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Budget 2018 round up for public services

Tuesday 30 October 2018

Budget 2018 round up for public services “The era of austerity is finally coming to an end”, said Philip Hammond. Theresa May’s announcement in September that austerity

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Get stronger

Friday 19 October 2018

Announcing the launch of stronger ALARM’s new member journal Our exclusive quarterly journal for members and sponsors has a new identity - stronger replaces Public RM as

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Housing - 2018 Sector Risk Profile

Thursday 18 October 2018

The Regulator of Social Housing has released the 2018 Sector Risk Profile . Data and safety monitoring, and value for money are identified as new and important risks. An

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HIAF Autumn seminar - 31 October 2018

Wednesday 17 October 2018

HIAF Autumn seminar - Trick or treat: Uncovering what lies beneath HIAF is pleased to announce an inspiring list of speakers so far confirmed for its event on Wednesday

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My View

Wednesday 10 October 2018

Housing should have a commercial head and a social heart I may be Chair of ALARM but my day job is in housing: a sector that is rarely out of the news at the moment.

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End to Austerity?

Friday 5 October 2018

It will soon be ten years since David Cameron declared that the: "Age of irresponsibility is giving way to the age of austerity". The austerity programme was initiated

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2018 everywoman in risk forum

Monday 1 October 2018

Taking place on 29 November, the 2018 everywoman in risk forum will gather influential key players who have achieved great success within their profession to share

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Call for Conference 2019 speakers

Wednesday 5 September 2018

The ALARM Conference will be returning to Manchester 23-25 June 2019, and the theme will be “Working Together”. We are now open for Conference 2019 speaker submissions

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View from ALARM

Tuesday 31 July 2018

It has been talked about for a long time but as of 25 May 2018 the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) applies directly to the UK and it will be incorporated into

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2018 ALARM Risk Award Winners announced

Wednesday 27 June 2018

Congratulations to all the Winners of the 2018 ALARM Risk Awards. The 2018 ALARM Risk Award Winners were announced at the Awards dinner held in Manchester on Monday 25

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2018 Chair's Commendation recipients

Tuesday 29 May 2018

At recent ALARM seminars in Birmingham and London I was delighted to present Chair's Commendations to ALARM members, Karen Seabright and Steve Mappley. This award

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ALARM Board elections 2018

Friday 4 May 2018

There are three 3 year vacancies and one 1 year vacancy on the Board of Directors and we are delighted to have received six nominations for these posts. We are therefore

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Data rich, insight poor - launching Alarm's Blue Light Group

Wednesday 21 March 2018

There was a large and enthusiastic turnout at the first Blue Light seminar of the combined police and fire sector groups. Members gathered at law firm sponsor Browne

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Highways claims management manual updated

Tuesday 20 March 2018

In 2015 we launched the Alarm Highways claims management manual with the aim of providing a practical reference document to risk and insurance professionals who are

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Recent judgments have major implications for blue light services

Thursday 22 February 2018

Robinson v West Yorkshire Police The Supreme Court has held that police do owe a duty of care to others to avoid causing personal injury by positive acts, even in the

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2018 Chair's charity - Children's Bereavement Centre

Tuesday 20 February 2018

This year Alarm Chair, Jane O'Leary has chosen to support the Children's Bereavement Centre ; a unique and very special charity that offers children and families

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Chiltern's MS Centre receives £1,000 donation courtesy of Alarm Member and sponsor

Thursday 18 January 2018

Chiltern's MS Centre has received a £1,000 donation, courtesy of insurance brokers JLT Speciality Public Sector UK Retail and Maggie Gibb, Head of Business Assurance at

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