HO: People with experience of standing up to anti-social behaviour on their street met the crime prevention minister last week. Among those who attended the central London meeting were Maureen Tennison, Asher Nardone and Norman Rochester who have all made a stand against trouble in their neighbourhood.
The minister was keen to hear their views on a public consultation (closes 17 May 2011) launched earlier this year called 'More effective responses to anti-social behaviour'. The document includes proposals for a community trigger that would ‘give residents the power to compel local agencies to take actions against persistent troublemakers’.
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EU News: Researchers & entrepreneurs across the EU ‘welcome the Commission's concept of a Common Strategic Framework for future EU research & innovation funding’.  This is the interim conclusion based on over 470 responses received so far to the consultation launched by the Commission with its February 2011 Green Paper.  

Many more responses are expected as stakeholders still have until 20 May 2011 to respond, while until 10 May anyone interested can present their proposals online.
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NICE: The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has published draft recommendations for the NHS on the safe & effective use of sedation for children & young people aged up to 19 years.  These are now open for consultation (closes on 2 July 2010) with final guidance to be published towards the end of the year.  There is currently no national guidance, which means those aged 19 and under who need sedation before a therapeutic or diagnostic procedure might be given drugs that may be ineffective or unsafe.
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Newswire – FRC: The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has begun consultation on whether the UK Corporate Governance Code should be revised to require listed companies to publish their policy on gender diversity in the boardroom and report against it annually.

This was a recommendation in Lord Davies’ report, ‘Women on Boards’, which was published in February 2012.
Views are also sought on whether the Code should identify some of the key issues to be considered when boards carry out their regular effectiveness reviews, and on the timing of any changes that might be made to the Code as a result of the consultation. The Consultation closes on 29 July 2011.  A decision on whether to amend the Code and, if so, the timetable for doing so, will be announced later in the year.
Press release & links ~ Women on Boards ~ Related EU News press release ~ CBI comment
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