In the News
WAG: Green route to sustainable energy - The Welsh Assembly Government’s (WAG) has taken a major step on the path to making Wales a low carbon energy economy with the launch of its Renewable Energy Route Map, which sets out a programme aimed at transforming the way Wales produces & uses energy (consultation closes on 13 May 2008).
It is intended to demonstrate to the world what even small countries can be doing to maximise the use of their natural renewable resources. Among the proposals addressed by the Route Map are:
* Encouraging innovation to capture the power of the seas around Wales
* Utilising the wind resource of Wales
* Changes to planning guidance to make it easier for people to install domestic micro-generation technology
* Ensuring all new buildings in Wales are built to the highest possible low carbon standards
* Developing a strong ‘green jobs’ strategy to provide the skills base to be a leader in renewable energy
The document claims that Wales is fortunate to have considerable natural renewable energy resources, which if sensitively, but extensively exploited, could make Wales self sufficient in renewable electricity within 20 years - with half of this from marine, a third from wind and the rest from biomass and micro-generation.
STFC: Will this mean we can maintain our love affair with the car? - The possibility of generating hydrogen from sea water using sunlight energy is now one step closer, thanks to the scientists at Atmos Technologies, based at the Science and Technology Facilities Council's Daresbury Laboratory, who have successfully developed an environmentally friendly technique for the production of photo voltaic diodes, at a fraction of the previous cost and carbon footprint.
Photo voltaic diodes work by using sunlight to generate electrical power, which is applied to two terminals submerged in sea water. The sea water is separated by the electrical power, generating hydrogen at one terminal and oxygen at the other. The hydrogen is collected & stored for use either in fuel cells which can power electric motors or in conventional engines.
Defra: Ensuring your offset is not ruled offside - Environment Secretary Hilary Benn has challenged the voluntary offsetting industry to provide strong standards for offsetting products so that they can be part of the Government Code of Best Practice for consumer offsetting products, which will be backed by a quality mark.
The Government's decision claims to recognise the efforts of the industry so far to develop different standards for Voluntary Emission Reductions (VERs), and encourages the industry to come together & build on the existing groundwork. The principles that will need to be addressed by an industry standard are:
* additionality, meaning that the carbon savings must be in addition to reductions that would be made anyway
* avoiding carbon leakage, or emissions avoided on one site simply being moved somewhere else
* permanence, ensuring that emissions reductions were not simply put off until later (as with trees)
* verification systems for emissions reductions
* transparency on the methodologies & procedures used, and
* avoiding double counting, ensuring that emissions counted in an offset product are not counted elsewhere, for example as savings through an emissions trading scheme
AEA have been appointed to become the accreditation body for the Code and they have issued the final draft of the Code for industry comment on accreditation procedures. The quality mark associated with the work is currently being developed and will be ready to be used when the first products are accredited later in 2008.
NAO: Classical Degree still favoured over professional financial qualification? - A follow-up to the National Audit Office’s (NAO) 2003 report looks at how capable departments are at managing their financial resources. With Treasury guidance & support, Departments are producing better information about their financial performance. Most departments now have a professionally qualified Finance Director on their main Board, and non-executive Directors are providing robust, independent challenge to these Boards.
However, six departments, accounting for over £45bn (8%) of total central government expenditure, still do not have a professionally qualified Finance Director on their main Board, despite the Treasury requirement that they do so by December 2006.
Only 40% of departments invariably provide decision-makers with a full analysis of the financial implications of policy proposals. Financial management matters are not automatically included in the performance assessment criteria of Permanent Secretaries & other Senior Civil Servants and not a single Permanent Secretary holds a professional finance qualification.
The Treasury and other stakeholders have taken steps – such as through their Finance Skills for All training course, to improve the financial skills & awareness of non-finance staff, who are usually the budget holders responsible for the day-to-day management of departments’ financial resources. But nearly 70% of departments cited the level of skills of non-finance staff as one of the three most significant barriers to improving financial resource management across government.
CRC: Is local democracy still alive & kicking outside urban areas? - Crispin Moor, Whitehall Director for the Commission for Rural Communities, has written about the CRC’s participation inquiry 'Strengthening the role of local councillors' for the latest issue of Whitehall and Westminster World.
He explains the reasons behind the inquiry and presents its recommendations for helping make citizens more fully engaged in local decision-making, enhance the democratic role for rural communities and create a stronger, more effective voice for local councillors.
Press release ~ Crispin's article ~ 'Strengthening the role of local councillors' ~ Full article ~ Inquiry report and recommendations ~ Whitehall and Westminster WorldUpcoming Event: Common issues when presenting the public face of an organisation - The pressure for simultaneous transparency, consistency and cost effectiveness is putting an ever higher premium on the integration of the public affairs function.
Internally, organisations are often plagued by rivalry between management functions each claiming to deal with the external environment. Externally, the reform of the European Union and the intensification of global co-operation make new demands with each passing year.
Joined up public affairs is clearly desirable. How can it be delivered at a time of increased budget stringency and public questioning of the role of lobbyists?
The European Centre for Public Affairs (ECPA) Annual Conference (05/03/2008) in Brussels is designed as a space in which the public affairs function can examine its own health and effectiveness. The best brains in European public affairs will once again gather to discover new insights and find practical tools to make the practitioner more effective.
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STFC: UK neutron scientists are
tackling the challenge of cosmic radiation and its damaging effect on sensitive
microchips in the aviation industry in the drive to develop more robust
electronic equipment. Accelerated testing of microelectronic components
at the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) world
leading ISIS neutron research centre replicates the effect of thousands of
hours of flying time in just a few minutes.
microchip in an aircraft can be struck by a cosmic neutron every few seconds.
When a neutron hits silicon, a nuclear reaction occurs causing an
electrical charge shower that can interfere with the normal operation of
electronic equipment. Results from this testing will allow manufacturers
to mitigate against the problem and build triple redundancy into their
DSA: The Driving Standards
Agency has confirmed the driving test fee structure that was proposed last
summer. Theory tests for car drivers and motorcycle riders from
1 April 2008 will be
£30, while practical tests for car drivers will be £56.50 from that
When the new,
more demanding, practical motorcycle test is introduced on 29 September, the fee for that test will be
£80. A new off-road part is being introduced to the test before
riders will be allowed to progress to the on-road element, which requires a new
network of test centres to be constructed.
DSTL: Butterflies are thriving on
Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) land at Porton Down
despite the floods last summer. The number & variety of rare species
such as the heath butterfly, dingy skippers, marsh fratillaries and grizzled
skippers have increased alongside common farmland butterflies.
population surge is due to a reseeding programme carried out by Dstl where
arable field margins were sown with combinations of seeds. In 2007, 1,145
butterflies of 24 different species were recorded, showing a significant
increase on 2005 despite very poor conditions during the wet summer
LDA: The solar panels on the roof
of London's City Hall have been officially unveiled giving it a unique
photovoltaic system designed to complement the rounded shape of one of London's
most iconic buildings. The photovoltaic panels have a peak capacity of
67kW and are expected to generate about 50,000kWh of renewable electricity,
saving up to 33 tonnes of CO2, each year.
To develop the
glass-glass laminate array for the ‘eyelash’ all 46 photovoltaic
panels were of different size and cell layout to adjust to the curved design of
the building and changing pitch. The array includes some of the largest
glass-glass laminated photovoltaic panels manufactured in the UK to
Policy Statements and Initiatives
Defra: A review of the target to
reduce the UK's CO2 emissions by at least 60% by 2050 will become a statutory
duty under the Climate Change Bill, Environment Secretary Hilary Benn
has announced. He announced the decision alongside other amendments to
strengthen the Bill as it moves towards completing its passage through the
House of Lords.
has committed to ask the independent Committee on Climate Change to
consider whether the 2050 target should be tightened up to 80%, as the
Committee considers its advice on the first three five-year carbon
proposes to strengthen compliance with the 2050 target by requiring the
Secretary of State to bring forward proposals & policies that will enable
the carbon budgets to be met, and to consider the duty to meet the 2050 target
in developing those policies and measures.
requirement will see the Government setting out an annual indicative range
(AIR) for the carbon account over the five-year budget. This AIR,
combined with greater clarity about the timescales for policies to take effect,
is meant to ensure that the Government can be held to account for progress
during each year of the budget period.
Home Office: Home Secretary Jacqui
Smith has unveiled a new action plan
focusing on serious violence. It sets out what the
Government, together with police and local agencies, will do over the next
three years to cut homicide, knife crime, gun and gang-related crime and sexual
and domestic violence.
DCSF: Schools Minister Jim Knight
has announced that speaking assessments for GCSE modern foreign languages will
change to ‘make them a more accurate reflection of pupils' ability
and their capacity to respond to real life situations’. From
September 2009 students will
be assessed on different occasions during Key Stage 4, rather than face a
single 'oral' examination at the end of the course.
assessments are supposed to test a broader range of linguistic skills, such as
taking part in an interview or making a presentation to a group. They
will take part in debates, make presentations to their peers, explain, describe
and explore topical issues that interest them. Students might get
involved in basic business-style negotiations or product pitches.
Defra: The first policy and action
plan to help local communities manage feral wild boar populations where they
live has been announced. Wild boar died out in the UK at least 300 years
ago, but following escapes and illegal releases from farms in Britain, small
populations of feral wild boar have been found in a small number of
consultation on making it an offence (under schedule 9 of the Wildlife and
Countryside Act 1981) to release or allow wild boar to escape into the wild
without a licence closed on the 31 January, and they are currently considering
assessments also published show that feral wild boar do not pose a national
threat to the environment, farming or public safety.
ScotGov: A Scotland-wide campaign
urging people to speak out & help stop the abuse or neglect of young
people, by reporting their concerns through a national phone line - 0800 022 3222,
has been launched by the Scottish government.
national eight week campaign will run to raise awareness of the Child
Protection Line. Targeted adverts on phone boxes will form part of
the campaign, supported by posters & stickers in busy community sites such
as GP surgeries, libraries and sports centres.
DH: Health Secretary Alan Johnson
has called for all employers to do more to promote the health and well-being of
their staff. He also launched Professor Louis Appleby's report 'Mental
Health and Ill Health in Doctors', containing recommendations on how the
NHS can support doctors to look after their own mental health.
in 'Mental Health and Ill Health in Doctors' include:
* Doctors who
are ill to be treated first & foremost as patients not
* Rules on
confidentiality should be strictly observed with additional safeguards in place
to ensure privacy
schools & Medical Royal Colleges to encourage the use of mental health
services for doctors in training
WAG: The number of training places
available for registered nurses who provide care in the community will more
than double this year. Some 98 nurses will be able to access training
from September, compared with 45 in 2007, in an effort to meet the Welsh
Assembly Government’s objectives of providing more care in the
forms part of a package that will also see an increase in the number of
training places available for students wishing to enter nursing (and other
healthcare professions) including physiotherapy, occupational therapy,
healthcare science, clinical psychology and pharmacy.
Home Office: Changes to the way
newcomers are able to ‘earn their stay’ in Britain have
been proposed by the Government in a Green Paper: 'The path to
citizenship', which proposes:
* a new
probationary period of citizenship
* full access
to benefits being delayed until migrants have completed the probationary
having to improve their command of English to pass probation
committing an offence resulting in prison being barred from becoming a
Defra: Setting out details of
Defra's 2008/09 budget settlement, Hilary Benn has announced an increase in
funding for clean energy technologies, investments & enterprises to over
£400m over the next 3 years. As part of the domestic
Environmental Transformation Fund (ETF), the Carbon Trust
will receive £47.4m to bring forward new energy technologies such as
offshore wind, third-generation photovoltaic power, marine energy and biomass
over the next three years the government will also provide around £10m
for a new anaerobic digestion demonstration programme. Up to four
commercial-scale facilities will show the potential of this technology to
create renewable energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions & avoid waste
being sent to landfill.
DCMS: The government has published
its plan to provide support for the creative industries. The strategy -
'Creative Britain: New Talents for the New Economy'
- makes 26 key commitments for Government and industry across
every stage of the creative process.
It is designed
to turn talent into jobs and help creative businesses thrive in the
international market. It recognises the growing success story that is
Britain's creative economy and seeks to provide the industries with an
unrivalled pool of talent to draw on, and the same formal, structured support
associated with other industries.
ScotGov: Reading, writing and
spelling are to be embedded in all aspects of the new modern Scottish
Curriculum for Excellence skills to give young people the best start
in the 21st century workplace. There will be renewed attention on
spelling, comprehension, punctuation and debate in all their learning, whether
it's in the classroom or through new technology outside.
Guidance on teaching literacy
skills forms part of the English Literacy ‘draft
outcomes’ which ScotGov have just published, along with Gaidhlig, as part
of the Government's plans to introduce a more holistic approach to education
for children aged three to 18. This is the start of a continuous process
of review to ensure that the curriculum remains up to date.
DfT: New proposals aimed at helping
reduce disruption by ensuring that road works are carried out efficiently,
safely and to the highest standards - ensuring more work is done correctly the
first time round – have been published for consultation (closes 15 May 2008). New proposals on
training would mean that from
2010 those carrying out road works in England will have to pass
a test at an approved assessment centre every five years.
also be able to impose conditions on works, such as a ban on rush hour working
and will also be to operate a permit scheme which set out specific durations
for the work and conditions of how & when it is carried out.
BERR: New draft
guidance published for consultation (closes on 16 May 2008) sets out how clauses in the
Energy Bill requiring operators of new nuclear power stations to meet
the full cost of decommissioning and their full share of waste management costs
would work. Mr Hutton said: “Funds will be sufficient,
secure and independent, it will be a
criminal offence not to comply with the approved arrangements
and we are taking powers to guard against unforeseen
be required to:
detailed & costed plans for decommissioning, waste management and disposal,
before they even begin construction of a nuclear power station
* Set money
aside into a secure & independent fund from day one of generating
additional security in place to supplement the Fund should it be insufficient,
for example, if the power station closes early
WAG: The Welsh Assembly
Government’s (WAG) has taken a major step on the path to making
Wales a low carbon energy economy with the launch of its Renewable Energy Route Map, which sets
out a programme aimed at transforming the way Wales produces & uses energy
(consultation closes on 13 May
2008) - See ‘In the News’ section for
Guidance Notes and Best Practice Guides
LR: Land & buildings are
usually the most valuable assets people own and, because they can be sold &
mortgaged to raise money, they are often attractive targets for
fraudsters. Land Registry has, therefore, recently published two new
guides which advise members of the public:
* how the risks
of a successful fraud can be minimised(Public Guide 17 -
How to safeguard against property fraud)
* when evidence
of identity is required if lodging an application to register a
property(Public Guide 20 - Identity
As there is a
higher risk of fraud when a solicitor or conveyancer does not represent the
applicant, Land Registry is widening the types of applications where evidence
of identity is required. From 3 March
checks are being introduced to include situations where parties to transactions
are not legally represented.
WYP: Emergency planning is the
focus of a new website launched by the West Yorkshire Resilience
Forum. The onsite information aims to help people make their own
plans to ensure their families would be safe and well-informed during an
emergency situation affecting their community.
issues such as establishing key contacts, making an emergency list and what
items to gather as well as what to do in particular emergencies.
Home Office: In his third annual
report on control orders, the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation,
Lord Carlile of Berriew Q.C. said: "I remain of the view that, as a
last resort (only), the control order system as operated currently in its
non-derogating form is a justifiable and proportional safety valve for the
proper protection of civil society."
report on the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005 analyses the operation
of the control order system in 2007 and concludes that he "would have
reached the same decision as the Secretary of State in each case in which a
control order has been made, so far as the actual making of the order is
BERR: A new collaboration between
the UK and United States will widen the geographical scope of efforts to
address nuclear & radiological security and proliferation threats. As
part of the programme, an initial £2m is being put into initiatives
designed to secure high-risk nuclear & other radioactive materials and
combat their illicit trafficking.
has also published the fifth Annual Report on the Global Threat Reduction
Programme, detailing progress made on reducing the threat of proliferation
of dangerous nuclear, radiological, biological and chemical materials.
Specific progress has been made in assisting chemical weapon destruction
General Reports and Other Publications
CLG: The largest ever survey of urban trees in England has revealed that although national tree health has improved markedly since the last survey in 1992, with trees being maintained much more regularly by councils, although overall planting rates of new trees has fallen. The report found that most trees make a ‘considerable or outstanding’ contribution to the quality of neighbourhoods.
The report, written by ADAS and MyerscoughCollege, suggests 10 ways in which all councils can match the standards of the best. The Trees in Towns II report also reveals disparities between councils. Although some councils are already managing their tree stock well, findings show that many local authorities lack basic information about the nature & extent of the trees and woodlands in their district.
DWP: Public knowledge of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) increased significantly between 1996 and 2006, and according to new research, the Act has improved the lives of disabled people across the board - from their access to public transport to shopping at their local grocer.
The research uses data from the Disability Module of the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Omnibus Survey between 1996 and 2006 which looked at awareness of the Act, access to goods and services, access to transport (2005, 2006) and renting or buying a home. It shows that over 70% of people are now aware of the Act by name, compared to only 40% in 1996, a year after DDA was first introduced.
ScotGov: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published its review into rural policy in Scotland, highlighting a number of key areas, which the Scottish Government is already addressing, including:
* Reducing the number of government bodies involved
* Harnessing Scotland's potential as a producer of energy from renewable sources
* Creating opportunities for business & economic diversification through regional delivery of the £1.6bn Scottish Rural Development Programme
NAO: The NAO has reported that the Home Office’s inconsistent delivery of funding, poor data sharing between local agencies and limited capacity at a local level to analyse the risks of violent crime are combining to reduce the effectiveness of wider efforts to reduce violent crime. Fewer than 30% of Crime and Disorder Partnerships responding to the NAO’s survey had a written strategy specifically for tackling violent crime.
Although crime is falling, and England’s homicide rate is low in international comparison, the threat of violence remains a significant concern: 17% of adults say they worry about becoming a victim of violent crime.
HL: Last week, Homeless Link and Resource Information Service (RIS) launched independent research in the field of adult disadvantage and homelessness. This is the first time the sector has had baseline demographic data on the state of the sector, showing the true complexity & vulnerability of the client group it supports.
Key messages are:
*Homelessness agencies are working with some of the most socially excluded individuals in our society.
* The majority of services estimate that most of the people they work with have multiple problems, for example drug & alcohol issues, mental health problems, benefits and debt problems.
* While the government is doing much excellent work with homelessness, these complex & vulnerable individuals are being failed by a number of services.
HEFCE: The Higher Education Funding Council for England claims to welcome a report on student retention published last week by the Public Accounts Committee of the House of Commons.
Professor David Eastwood, Chief Executive of HEFCE, said: “As the report points out there is a disparity of performance across the sector and there is no cause for complacency. We will be holding a number of workshops with the National Audit Office and higher education representatives in March and April on how we can improve performance and retention, which will inform our response to this report”.
Ofsted: Courses for people wanting to qualify as teachers of ‘community’ or ‘heritage’ languages such as Arabic, Bengali, Japanese, Mandarin, Panjabi, Turkish, and Urdu should be expanded, Ofsted has stated in its new report - Every language matters – which evaluates the supply & uptake of the postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) courses in languages other than French, German, Spanish, Irish and Welsh.
The report found the quality of teaching by those who had a PGCE in community languages was consistently good, which contrasts with the more variable quality of teaching of community languages generally. However, inspectors found that the number of initial teacher training courses leading to a PGCE available in these languages was limited and the way courses were structured sometimes deterred applicants.
NAO: The Jobcentre Plus programme rolled out a network of over 800 offices, combining the functions of the former jobcentres and social security offices, and was completed for £314m less than the original £2.2bn budget according to a National Audit Office report.
The project was well managed, particularly the procurement aspect, where between £120m and £140m worth of savings were made. The project has clear lessons for other public sector procurement programmes.
QCA: The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority has published a report called Inter-subject comparability studies and a book titled Techniques for monitoring the comparability of examination standards. The intention of the book is to describe the different methods, to highlight their various strengths & weaknesses and to consider the progress made in monitoring comparability over the past half a century.
The Inter-subject comparability study includes four investigations that focussed on the following areas:
Study 1a: comparisons at GCSE, AS and A level using selected specifications across geography and history
Study 1b: comparisons at GCSE, AS and A level using selected specifications across biology, chemistry and physics and additional science (double award) at GCSE
Study 2a: comparisons at A level using selected specifications across biology, psychology and sociology
Study 2b: comparisons at A level using selected specifications across English literature, history and media studies.
Legislation / Legal
SGC: Violent offenders who carry
weapons to the scene of a crime and use them on victims should face severe
sentences – says a definitive guideline published by the Sentencing
Guidelines Council. Sentences for such offenders who inflict
particularly grave injuries should be in a range of 10 and 16 years
guideline (to be implemented on 3 March
Council sets out a series of
factors that will specifically aggravate assaults and should
result in greater
operating in gangs or groups
deliberate targeting of vulnerable victims or choosing isolated places for
carrying out an attack
* Attacks on
victims working in the public sector or providing a service to the
In a second
guideline relating to assaults on children and the offence of
cruelty to a child the Council says that where a child is the victim and the
offender an adult, custody will normally result, particularly where the offence
involves an abuse of trust. Where an offender only intended to administer
lawful chastisement and relatively minor injury resulted that was neither
foreseen nor intended, custody will not normally be appropriate.
MoJ: Plans to simplify family court
procedures and modernise legal language have been announced as part of an
ongoing programme to improve people's experience in court. The proposals,
which follow public consultation, are intended to align currently differing
procedures for different levels of courts and follow the example set by the
Civil Procedure Rules.
are in response to an earlier consultation ‘Family Procedure Rules -
a new procedural code for family proceedings’ which looked at the
with the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR)
* a single
unified code of practice and
* alignment of
procedures in all levels of court
next step in developing the Family Procedure Rules will be when the
Family Procedure Rule Committee consults on the draft rules themselves.
This is currently planned for the end of
Press release ~
Family Procedure Rules - a new procedural code for family
proceedings ~ Family Procedure Rules ~ Civil Procedure Rules ~ Her Majesty's Courts
EU Legislation, Initiatives, etc.
YF: The latest European Investment
programme for the Yorkshire and Humber region has £394m from the
European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to invest in the region
by 2013. Danuta
Hübner, the European Commissioner responsible for Regional Policy launched
the programme after visiting the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in
Rotherham, which was developed by Yorkshire Forward on a large
brownfield site, supported by European funds from the 2000-2006 Objective 1
Commissioner was shown the Factory of the Future development being
undertaken by the University of Sheffield (in collaboration with Boeing) with
funding from Europe and Yorkshire Forward, that is nearing completion.
This is a
4,200sqm manufacturing research facility, designed & built to the highest
environmental sustainability standard and utilising renewable energy. It
will demonstrate & provide training in leading edge techniques &
technologies and demonstrate how manufacturing can be profitable whilst working
in sympathy with the environment.
Charity and Voluntary Sector
BIG: A play project to help
children through the daunting experience of visiting a parent in jail is among
those to benefit from awards announced by the Big Lottery
Fund. The Fund’s Playful Ideas programme, that funds
innovative approaches to play, has awarded £243,437 to Prison Advice
and Care Trust (PACT) for a play project working with three prisons in the
Meanwhile in Lancashire, the RADPAC Play and Freetime
Opportunities for All project, based in the special needs units of two new
schools, will continue to remove barriers that exclude children from play and
social interaction through developing awareness of issues surrounding children
with disabilities and additional needs.
Cabinet Office: The Cabinet Office
has published draft guidance for consultation (closes on 31 May 2008) to help professional
fundraisers and retailers who raise money for charity through sales to comply
with new laws. From 1 April
2008, fundraisers who are paid to raise money will be required
to say up front to potential donors how much of each donation will go to
charity and what proportion goes towards their own wages.
affect street, telephone and door-to-door collectors. Similarly, shops
who donate a portion of the sale price on particular items to charity will be
required to state explicitly the extent to which a charity will
benefit. To help professional fundraisers and commercial participators
provide the information required by the law the guidance offers
suggested template statements.
Business and Other Briefings
FSA: The Financial Services
Authority (FSA) has published a Consultation Paper
containing proposals which aim to further help investment advisers provide
consumers with clear & simple information about services and costs.
The FSA invites views on the questions set out in the Consultation Paper
by 19 May 2008.
In placing this
simplified document in guidance, the FSA is providing firms with an effective
way of complying with a number of European Union disclosure requirements.
In line with European requirements, for firms that wish to use this
document, it may further reduce the number of documents investment advisers
provide at the point of sale and give firms greater flexibility in achieving
clarity for consumers.
The FSA will
publish feedback on responses to this Consultation Paper in a Policy Statement
in July 2008 together with the final
handbook text. The new guidance will take effect on
6 August 2008.
HMRC: The Tax Law Rewrite
project, which is modernising UK direct tax law so that it is clearer and
easier to use, has published a draft of its fifth Bill (Corporation
Tax). The Tax Law Rewrite project aims to rewrite the
UK's primary direct tax legislation so that it is clearer and easier to use,
but without changing its general effect.
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