There are approximately 6 savers for every 1 borrower, most of whom vote

Chancellor George Osborne has delivered his Budget Statement to Parliament, setting out how the government will take further action to secure the recovery and build a resilient economy.

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CESG Recommendations: Implementing Secure and Compliant Enterprise Mobility

CESG has recently published the End User Devices Security Guidance: General Security Recommendations listing 12 general security recommendations for mobile end user devices working with OFFICAL information, each of these areas must be considered when deploying a solution.

Mobile devices, especially smartphones, are highly vulnerable to security breaches. They:

  • Are easily lost
  • Can be filled with unknown applications
  • Frequently communicate over untrusted networks
  • Are often purchased by users without consideration of IT standards and security requirements

Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) systems can help mitigate these vulnerabilities and ensure smartphones, laptops and tablets are configured to meet the Government’s End User Device Security Framework.

This latest paper considers each of the twelve CESG General Security Recommendations and how implementing an EMM platform can help address them.

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Just in case political parties get too eager in the ‘heat of the moment’

With 6 months to go until the Scottish referendum on independence, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is reminding political parties & campaign groups of the rules relating to electronic marketing and the importance of getting it right.

The ICO has recently published updated guidance to help organisations that are carrying out political campaigning to comply with the Data Protection Act and Privacy & Electronic Communications Regulations, which govern electronic marketing and include political campaigning & canvassing.

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IPCC is trying to 'improve'

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has published a major report into the way it investigates deaths, signalling changes in approach & procedure, including ensuring the effective engagement of families.  The report follows a wide-ranging review, launched in autumn 2012 in response to a number of critical cases & feedback from families, individuals and organisations.

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Seems to be ‘good news’

The employment rate has hit a 5 year high and a record 30.19m people are now in jobs.  Private sector employment has increased by 1.73m since 2010, showing the government’s long-term economic plan to back enterprise and businesses so they can create jobs is proving successful.  The number of people in work has increased by 1.35m since 2010 – over a million of these jobs are full-time – and the employment rate is now 72.3%, the highest it has been since 2008.

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Another IPCC appeal for information

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is renewing its appeal for witnesses to assist its investigation into police actions just over one month on from a collision in Purley-on-Thames, in which two cyclists died, following a collision with a black BMW on the A329 Purley Rise around 9.20pm on Thursday 13 February 2014.

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We have been ‘whistling in the wind’ for a way to encourage this

The National Audit Office has published its second report on whistleblowing.  The NAO’s first report reviewed whistleblowing policies from 39 bodies, including its own, against good practice.  This second report focuses on how organizations provide the best conditions to encourage people to come forward, examining the systems, structures & behaviour that enable effective whistleblowing to take place.

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Outfoxing the fraudsters

AlphaFox Systems has invented a product that can outwit online fraudsters.  It is an unbreakable identification tag that secures internet transactions. The innovation could satisfy the urgent need to cut the fraudulent use of stolen or fictitious identity details.  This crime accounted for 50% of all UK fraud in 2012, according to the CIFAS fraud prevention service.

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DBS failed to ‘bar’ collection of irrelevant data

The Information Commissioner’s Office has ruled that the Disclosure & Barring Service breached the Data Protection Act after failing to stop the collection of information about low level convictions that was no longer required for employment checks.

The error occurred after the service failed to update its application form and continued to include the question ‘Have you ever been convicted of a criminal offence or received a caution, reprimand or warning?’.  The form did not make clear that applicants did not need to include minor & historic offences due to a change to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, which came into force on 29 May 2013.

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Personal liberty is a right for everyone not convicted of a crime (& currently serving a sentence)

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has welcomed a ruling by the Supreme Court, which found that ‘severely disabled people cannot be deprived of their liberty without proper safeguards, even if their living arrangements are benevolent’.  This case now clarifies protection for disabled people, an issue highlighted in a recent House of Lords report into the Mental Capacity Act.

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Sometimes the ‘illness’ is the least of one’s problems

The Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) has welcomed the campaign to raise awareness about the complexity of the health & social care complaints system, led by Healthwatch England.

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Dyslexia can be an ‘issue’ but need not be a ‘problem’

The TUC has published the third edition of its guide to dealing with dyslexia in the workplace.  Several million working age adults have dyslexia – which can cause problems with performance, organisation of work and time management – with around 4% of the population seriously affected by the condition.  The new edition of Dyslexia in the Workplace is a major rewrite of the original handbook, taking account of changes in the law and in good practice.

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