FDA: Equal rights for fixed-term staff - A decision of the South London Employment Tribunal that has major implications for thousands of fixed-term employees in the private and public sectors, has been welcomed by the FDA.
The tribunal has decided that four education advisers, working at the Department for Education and Skills on fixed term contracts expiring in March 2006, must be treated in the same way as colleagues on permanent contracts when it comes to redundancy payments.
The decision means that when those contracts expire, the department will have to pay significant redundancy payments unless it keeps the advisors on new contracts. The Department has until
Press release ~ FDA ~ Fixed Term Employee (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2002 ~ ACAS Q&A briefing ~ Russell, Jones and Walker ~ NASUWT website ~ EIS-FELA website ~ Employer’s Organisation
RA Eng.: Sustainable Engineers – At a time when there is both renewed criticism of teaching standards, the relevance of Degree level education & accelerated melting of polar icecaps, the Royal Academy of Engineering has published Engineering for Sustainable Development: Guiding Principles, which brings together much of UK engineering’s current thinking on applying sustainable development in the real world and proposes 12 principles as a basic framework.
These principles are supported, and in fact grew out of, real-life case studies that the Academy has collected & developed since 1998 when it started appointing Visiting Professors in Engineering Design for Sustainable Development at universities around the UK, with the aim of generating teaching materials for engineering undergraduates that inspire them with an understanding of both the concept of sustainable development and the place of their own engineering field in delivering it.
Press release ~ Engineering for Sustainable Development: Guiding Principles ~ Visiting Professors in Engineering Design for Sustainable Development Scheme ~ Sustainable Product Engineering University Research Centre (SPERC) ~ Higher Education Academy ~ IEE - Engineering for a sustainable future ~ Centre for Sustainable Engineering
Ordnance Survey: A new National Underground Assets Group (NUAG) has been established to ‘champion better coordination between utility companies, highway authorities and other interested parties’. xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
Its aim is to produce best practice guidelines for the collection, exchange, reuse & recording of information on underground assets, all of which is vital to improve the way work on underground assets is carried out – particularly where it involves street works.
Press release ~
Met Office: The Met Office is warning its customers and partners to plan for a ’colder than average winter’, coupled with less winter rain than normal.
OGC Buying Solutions:
OGC BS is working with government departments on a
project to provide a suite of Postal Services frameworks in the lead-up to full
market deregulation of the
Frameworks will be awarded on a pan-governmental basis (Central Civil Government and wider Public Sector) although it is anticipated that their use will be ‘on merit’ based on value for money gains and quality of service provided.
RA Eng.: The Royal Academy of
Engineering is launching an annual lecture series in
DTI: On Saturday 1st October, the National Minimum Wage rose from £4.85 to £5.05 per hour, while the youth rate, paid to 18-21 year-olds, went up from £4.10 per hour to £4.25, guaranteeing a pay increase for 1.3 million low paid workers.
DTI: Electricity customers can now see how green their supplier is, electricity suppliers must give their customers a breakdown of the fuels they’ve used to generate the electricity they provide, as well as the CO2 emissions and radioactive waste produced.
Press release ~ All Wales transport Forum ~ Welsh Transport Forum: Review of Community Transport ~ Action Plan ~ Community Active Travel Services (CATS) ~ DfT Access to travel for Disabled website ~ Community Transport Association
DCMS: The government has announced that an “independent” panel, to advise the Government on the areas in which the new types of casino created by the Gambling Act will be located, has been appointed and will report by the end of 2006.
Press release ~ DCMS
Gambling website ~ Gambling Act 2005 ~ Consultation document ’Possible
Changes to The Use Classes Order; Casinos’ (closes
DCMS: Tessa Jowell has promised practical support to enable the next generation of sporting champions to realise their ambitions and to allow ‘schools, businesses and the Government all to play new roles to boost the chances of Britains medal hopefuls in the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games’.
Success is ‘guaranteed’ by the fact that every MP is
being provided with a multi-media toolkit to ‘ensure that all communities have a chance to be part of 2012’.
DWP: David Blunkett has announced that a new gateway will be piloted, in the New Year, to advise working parents how they can work out for themselves satisfactory arrangements for child maintenance.
DWP: David Blunkett has unveiled measures intended to help people build assets & access affordable credit, as part of ending the scourge of the loan shark. £36 million will be allocated to the Growth Fund to support Credit Unions, Community Development Finance Institutions and other third sector lenders.
Press release ~ Social Fund ~ Disability Alliance - Social Fund budgetary loans and grants ~ Association of British Credit Unions ~ National Association of Credit Union Workers ~ FSA Credit Unions ~ Community Development Finance Association ~ Enterprise Fund ~ Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI) Toolkit
DfT: New measures
to crack down on the menace of uninsured drivers have been announced, which
will make it an offence to own a car which is neither insured, nor registered
as off the road. The police will identify & prosecute uninsured motorists,
using a database of all registered vehicles in the
Press release ~ Road Safety Bill (click on ‘R’) ~ Road Casualties Great Britain: 2004 - Annual Report ~ Defra - Tackling unlicensed and abandoned vehicles ~ ’Think Road Safety’ ~ Consultation (closed) - "Seizure of vehicles being driven uninsured" ~ Greenaway report: Uninsured Driving in the UK
DTI: Plans to cut back on red tape by
revoking three pieces of outdated competition law have been announced in a
· Dental Goods Order 1951
· Restrictions on Agreements (Estate Agents) Order 1970
· Imported Timber Order 1960
FSA: The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has published a
consultation paper (closes
Forestry Commission: The new Rural
Development Plan, to be introduced
A major aim will be to look at how the grant scheme can encourage and support sustainable forest management. Another goal is to find the best method of targeting grants to meet key priorities. Updates will be posted on the Forestry Commission web site at ‘What’s new’ under the Grants and felling licences section).
Press release ~ Rural Development Plan ~ Land Management Contract scheme ~ Woodland Trust ~ Rural Development Regulation ~ Scottish Forestry Strategy ~ Farmland Premium payments ~ UK Forestry Standard ~ Locational premiums
OFT: At the launch of updated guidance explaining the credit advertising rules, the OFT said that over 60% of advertisements in regional newspapers and 68% in popular car magazines, failed fully to comply with new advertising regulations.
DH: Speaking at the Infection Control Nurses Association (ICNA) conference in Torquay, Chief Nurse Christine Beasley launched an online training tool for all NHS staff, designed to raise awareness of the key procedures needed to help reduce infection.
Press release ~ NHS e-learning (and click on second link) NB. There seem to be some pronlems acssocaited with accessing this site ~ Infection Control Nurses Association (ICNA) ~ DH - Saving Lives delivery programme website ~ NHS Core Learning Programmes Unit ~ Simple guide to MRSA ~ Hospital Infection Society
HSE: The HSE has published a comprehensive guide on Hand-arm vibration (HAV) that gives advice of what needs to be done to reduce and control the risks of HAV under the Control of Vibration Work Act 2005. The launch of the guide coincides with the first in a series of 15 noise and vibration roadshows.
Ofwat: Ofwat has published Levels of service for the water industry in
TfL: London Underground (LU) has published the results of the public consultation "Should the Tube run later at weekends?" and outlined the next steps in the decision process. A majority of respondents were in favour of the Tube running later on Friday and Saturday nights, but the consultation also revealed real challenges would be faced by those who currently use the Tube early at weekends, particularly on Sunday mornings.
DWP: New research published by the DWP explores the factors influencing the labour market participation of workers aged between 50 and 69. It examines the relationships between the factors that influence labour market disengagement, retention & return and reports on general attitudes towards work & training and explores people’s decisions about planning for retirement.
Press release ~ Research Report 281 - Factors Affecting Labour Market Participation of Older Workers: Qualitative Research ~ DWP Research Report 200 - Factors affecting the labour market participation of older workers ~ Achieving simplicity, security and choice in retirement – An assessment of government’s proposed pension reforms ~ DWP pension website ~ Opportunity Age – Opportunity and security throughout life
Defra: The 2004
Annual Report of the independent Pesticide Residues Committee (PRC) has been
published. The report draws
together the results of the
Press release ~ Annual quarterly reports ~ Pesticides Safety Directorate ~ School food and pesticides ~ Soil Association ~ Pesticide Action Network UK ~ HSE Pesticide website ~ Food standards Agency Pesticides website ~ FOE briefing
DfT: Aviation Minister Karen Buck has announced that the
Government will welcome applications from foreign airlines to fly new
international air services to or from
Press release ~ UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ~ CAA study: An Economic Assessment of the Impacts of Granting Fifth-Freedom Rights to Passenger Services from UK Regional Airports ~ DfT Aviation website ~ Aviation White Paper
Scottish Executive: Scotlands most senior law officer has announced that he is in principle ‘content’ for test purchasing of alcohol to take place for the purposes of enforcement of licensing laws, despite the fact that it will mean under-age young people going into shops to buy alcohol to gain evidence that can be used for prosecution in court.
Cabinet Office: Even if we cannot cut our own
Defra: The government says that it welcomes the European Commissions announcement that it supports the inclusion of aviation emissions in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme. The European Commission has adopted a Communication - ‘Reducing the climate change impact of aviation’ - which recommends emissions trading as the best way forward, from an economic and environmental point of view.
Press release ~ Q & A on Aviation and Climate Change ~ European Commissions Communication on aviation emissions ~ EUs 6th Environment Action Programme ~ 2003 Air Transport White Paper ~ EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) ~ BA Carbon Emissions web page
Defra: Defra has announced farmers set-aside obligation and a revision to the 10 month rule that will apply for the Single Payment Scheme (SPS) in England in 2006.
Charity Commission: The Charity Commission has appointed AS Biss to help it draw up a public affairs strategy, following a successful tender process by the end of November.
Ofwat: Existing water companies have indicated the prices they could charge water supply licensees for access to their supply systems. The indicative access prices, published at the end of August as part of the preparation for the new water competition regime, will help licensees discuss the options for changing water supplier with large business customers.
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Enhancing individual, team and organisational performance is the theme of a one-day National School of Government training and development conference. Designed for public sector senior managers, HR and training professionals and anyone looking to introduce new approaches, ‘Hitting the Right Note’ features a presentation on passionate & memorable oral communication from Russell Wardop, followed by a workshop on developing the high-performance team led by the City of London Sinfonia.
Venue: Radisson SAS Portman Hotel,
Organiser: Economist Conferences - Third Annual Public Sector Conference
Building on results for next-generation public services - Government today is engaged in complex business transformation programmes. A wave of efficiency drives in recent years has seen public sector organisations make real efforts to streamline operations and cut costs. Can leaders fulfil the public’s increased expectation of effective service provision? Is there a handle on developing an effective service delivery culture? Help shape the answers at this strategic one-day conference.
Date: March - July 2006
Venue: Pinewood Studios
Organiser: Defence Science and Technology Laboratory - £10,000 Up for grabs underwater
In the first competition of its kind in the
Five Universities have already signed up for the
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