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WEBINAR WEDNESDAY - EXAMINING THE FINANCIAL RESILIENCE OF SOCIAL HOUSING RESIDENTS

Wednesday 16 June 2021

In our latest webinar, Joelle Nixon, Business Development Manager at Aon will take an in-depth look at the financial situation of social housing residents, the

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Sponsor segment - Ofsted Report - sexual harassment and abuse normalised

Wednesday 16 June 2021

Ofsted’s report following the rapid review of sexual harassment in schools and colleges in April 2021 was published on 10 June 2021. It identifies sexual harassment and

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PRESIDENT'S CHARITY RAFFLE - MOODSWINGS

Tuesday 15 June 2021

This year we have chosen to support  Moodswings ; a unique, award winning charity providing intense support to people with mood disorders and their friends and families

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ALARM alert - relaunch of the risk management toolkit

Tuesday 15 June 2021

We are delighted to relaunch our Risk management toolkit , in partnership with Marsh, the world's leading insurance broker and risk adviser. We are pleased to offer this

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Sponsor segment – Returning to the workplace

Thursday 10 June 2021

New freedoms and the COVID-19 vaccination rollout are prompting employees and employers to consider if, how, and when to return to the workplace. Over the past 14 months

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WEBINAR WEDNESDAY - COVID-19 RED LIGHTS AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL?

Wednesday 9 June 2021

The diversity of our professional and personal life has never been greater, a position which the pandemic has only hastened, and highlighted the risks all the more as we

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Expert profile - “Several developments right now will impact heavily on the public sector.”

Tuesday 8 June 2021

What is your role and where do you work? I am John Shaftoe, Managing Director of Maven Public Sector; I head up our team of specialists and liaise with our insurer

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My view – risk matters, the next level

Monday 7 June 2021

I’m sure I am no different from everyone else during the pandemic, that while working at speed to support my organisation to respond well in the developing circumstances

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Case files - New ruling on ‘failure to remove’ and Section 20

Friday 4 June 2021

Recent High Court judgments in the social care sector provide helpful guidance to councils and their insurers responding to claims alleging ‘failure to remove’. These

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Case files - New ruling gives clarity on ‘failure to remove’ claims

Friday 4 June 2021

The judgment of DFX and others v Coventry City Council is the first consideration, at High Court level, of duty of care issues since Poole Borough Council v GN and

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COVID-19 and housing disrepair claims

Thursday 3 June 2021

If landlords have not yet reverted to their full repairs programme, I would strongly recommend steps are taken to do so urgently. The first national lockdown announced

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ALARM AGM 2021

Monday 24 May 2021

The 2021 ALARM AGM will be hosted virtually via Zoom at our virtual conference at 9:00 on Tuesday 22 June. Please see the agenda and related documents below: AGM agenda

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WEBINAR WEDNESDAY - SOCIAL CARE AND COVID-19

Wednesday 19 May 2021

With the high numbers of COVID-19-related deaths in care homes, health and social care providers may be vulnerable to future legal action. Anthony will explore how the

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Sponsor segment - Taking the plunge: Pandemic pressures and leisure centres

Friday 14 May 2021

The 2021 May-day bank holiday marked 407 days since the UK Government imposed the first lockdown and, despite a brief respite (of-sorts) over the summer of 2020 and the

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Sponsor segment - Leaseholder insurance

Wednesday 12 May 2021

The current challenging market conditions have led to insurers taking extra steps to validate claims. Insurers have been asking questions and seeking information that

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WEBINAR WEDNESDAY - VULNERABLE CUSTOMERS AND HOW WE MAKE CLAIMS EASIER FOR THEM

Wednesday 12 May 2021

In this webinar, experts from Sedgwick will explore how organisations can make claims easier for vulnerable customers using behavioural science. They will also discuss:

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Nations update - Wales

Monday 10 May 2021

It has been a tough year for all of us, and for the ALARM Wales Branch this has meant postponement of our usual seminars. The good news is that we are planning to hold

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Expert profile - “Learning all the time is the real appeal.”

Friday 7 May 2021

Ashley Easen, Director of Risk Consulting at Gallagher Bassett International Ltd and Risk Management Partners provides an insight into her experience, specialism and

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Sponsor segment – Recycling our approach to waste management risk and insurance

Thursday 6 May 2021

The waste management sector is one of the most challenging in the UK insurance market. Waste management is an essential public service for all of us, with Government

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Sponsor segment – risk management and the pandemic

Thursday 29 April 2021

No one could have predicted that the global pandemic would have had such a long-lasting impact across the world. It has affected all of us regardless of where we work

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Case files - Highways authority's tree inspection regime found negligible

Thursday 29 April 2021

A highway authority was liable in negligence and nuisance for a tree that fell onto the highway and into the path of an oncoming vehicle. The highway authority’s

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Case files - COVID-19 breach arrest overturned

Thursday 29 April 2021

A person suspected of breaching COVID-19 regulations is not required by law to give the police their name and address, a recent appeal ( Neale v DPP [2021]) has ruled.

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My view – The importance of a risk management policy

Monday 26 April 2021

Effective risk management is critical to ensure an organisation maintains its services, progresses towards achieving its strategic aims, and provides assurance it is

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Sponsor segment - After COVID-19: what’s next for adult social care?

Thursday 22 April 2021

COVID-19 has been one of the biggest challenges the care sector has ever faced. Irrespective of whether a council owned care home, a privately owned care home or a large

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Sponsor segment – E-scooters

Thursday 15 April 2021

Heralded as the commuter tool of the future – e-scooters can be viewed as an efficient and environmentally friendly way of travelling short distances, easing pressure on

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TACKLING RISK IN A changing climate

Wednesday 14 April 2021

Climate change and the drive for carbon neutrality remain high on the agenda for legislative change. In this webinar, James and Hannah consider proposed changes,

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Sponsor segment – Six steps to creating a diverse workforce

Tuesday 13 April 2021

The importance of a diverse workforce is well documented and underpinned in law by the Equality Act 2010 , which legally protects people from discrimination. The Act

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Nations update - Scotland

Monday 12 April 2021

The ALARM Scotland Branch have held their first seminar of 2021: Concurrency, Resilience and Reflection . We heard from excellent speakers on how the Scottish public

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Sponsor segment - Ofsted urgent review follows sexual abuse allegations

Friday 9 April 2021

The Government has instructed Ofsted to undertake an immediate review of safeguarding policies in state and independent schools. This follows increasing testimonies on

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Sponsor segment - Managing reports of child-on-child sexual assault and harassment

Friday 9 April 2021

The roots of the Everyone’s Invited movement were in the independent school sector, but according to the testimonies, education establishments up to university level

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Sponsor segment – cannabis cultivation

Thursday 8 April 2021

Burgoynes has seen a marked increase in fires associated with cannabis cultivation during the pandemic. While the trend is not fully understood, it may be the result of

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Sponsor segment – Long-term visionaries in adult social care needed now!

Thursday 8 April 2021

The National Audit Office Report on adult social care in England examines the market and the Department of Health and Social Care’s (DHSC) role in overseeing it now and

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Sponsor segment – Changing streetscapes in towns and cities

Wednesday 7 April 2021

The Prime Minister has confirmed the next stage of relaxing COVID-19 restrictions in England happens on 12 April. Many of us will be happy to get a haircut, visit a non-

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Sponsor segment - the practicalities of responding to a ransomware attack

Thursday 1 April 2021

Ransomware attacks have become one of the biggest cyber threats to all organisations. In 2020 and 2021 there have been a spate of attacks targeting councils. The

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WEBINAR WEDNESDAY - PSYCHIATRIC CLAIMS IN A POST-PANDEMIC WORLD

Wednesday 31 March 2021

Claims for psychiatric injury at work are always challenging; one person’s banter is another person’s bullying, and the line where stress crosses into injury can be

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Sponsor segment – balancing public safety and equality legislation in a pandemic

Thursday 25 March 2021

Care must be taken that policies mandating the use of face coverings do not infringe the rights of those unable to wear them due to a physical or mental illness,

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Webinar Wednesday – Defending cycling claims

Wednesday 24 March 2021

Even before the pandemic, we have seen a spike in cycling claims against highway authorities. With the implementation of lockdown measures, sales of bicycles have

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Housing sector update – surviving, thriving and driving business

Tuesday 23 March 2021

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the housing sector already had a challenging agenda in relation to risk management and managing change with the consequences of Grenfell,

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Contractor risks

Monday 22 March 2021

Managing contracts is key to providing appropriate services, protecting the public purse, managing enterprise risk and investing in communities. With public service

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Whiplash reforms, ready, steady, go!

Thursday 18 March 2021

Public service organisations should take action now to prepare for a massive change in how low value RTA whiplash claims are handled before the Whiplash Reforms ( Civil

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WEBINAR WEDNESDAY - ASH DIEBACK: THE TREE PANDEMIC

Wednesday 17 March 2021

Ash Dieback is a fungal disease which came to the UK in 2012 and has spread rapidly. There is no cure for the disease and it looks set to kill up to 95% of the UK’s Ash

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On the case – ‘Failure to remove’ claims – where are we now?

Tuesday 16 March 2021

HXA v Surrey County Council [2021] is one of the latest decisions to consider the arguments and lack of clarity on the position on liability in ‘failure to remove’ cases

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Sponsor segment – wellbeing at work

Thursday 11 March 2021

We have left behind business as usual, to be replaced with a new normal. What does that mean for our workforce and what challenges do we face delivering our wellbeing at

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WEBINAR WEDNESDAY - SEASONAL MAINTENANCE

Wednesday 10 March 2021

Matthew Suddards, Fire Investigator and James May, Materials Engineer at Burgoynes provide an overview of fires caused by maintenance work on buildings and maintenance

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My view - positive insights

Monday 8 March 2021

For me, and I imagine for most members, March 2021 will signify the anniversary of one year working from home. I certainly didn’t expect to be still doing it full time

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ABI round up on care home insurance

Thursday 4 March 2021

In response to member queries, ALARM contacted the Association of British Insurers (ABI) for an update on issues of care home insurance resulting from the pandemic. The

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Sponsor segment – a lesson in risk management

Thursday 4 March 2021

As schools adapt to the new rules around delivering education in a pandemic, a holistic approach to risk management is essential. With rules and requirements under

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ON THE CASE – KEY QUESTIONS TO DETERMINE LEGALITY OF AN ARREST

Tuesday 2 March 2021

In R (on the application of Norman) v Chelmsford Crown Court & The Chief Constable of Essex Police (2020) the Court considered the lawfulness of the arrest of a

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Sponsor segment – injury claims on the rise?

Thursday 25 February 2021

Proactive rehabilitation protects employers and employees The rollout of COVID-19 vaccines across the UK may be bringing infection rates down right now, but businesses

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Webinar Wednesday – There’s something in the air

Wednesday 24 February 2021

Following the inquest into the death of Ella Kissi-Debrah, who died following an asthma attack, a coroner recorded air pollution as a contributory factor to the death.

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My view - vaccination rollout

Monday 22 February 2021

During the pandemic, I have been redeployed from my main role in community safety and resilience to assist with Dundee City Council’s COVID-19 response. My new

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A grand gesture for Trafford General Hospital Charity

Friday 19 February 2021

A cancer wellbeing centre has received a donation of £1,000, courtesy of Marsh and Andrew Knight, Insurance Technician at Trafford Council. Andrew was the winner of

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Sponsor segment – Electric vehicles – the risk conversation

Thursday 11 February 2021

Risk and insurance managers have an important part to play in identifying the significant impacts of the array of issues on the sustainability agenda and advising how

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SPONSOR SEGMENT - ASH DIEBACK COULD INCREASE THIRD-PARTY DAMAGE CLAIMS

Thursday 4 February 2021

With around 8 million ash trees growing in UK towns and along highways, an aggressive tree disease epidemic could potentially drive a substantial increase in third-party

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Webinar Wednesday – Cyber attacks – could your organisation be next?

Wednesday 3 February 2021

Increased remote working, greater dependence on IT platforms for service delivery and increased activity by cyber criminals are creating the perfect storm. This has led

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ON THE CASE – EMERGENCY SERVICE DEFEATS OCCUPATIONAL STRESS CLAIM

Tuesday 2 February 2021

A case study detailing the issues that arose and lessons learnt from defending an occupational stress claim . Background The Claimant, an emergency worker, claimed six

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SPONSOR SEGMENT – WHIPLASH REFORMS

Thursday 28 January 2021

Reduced damages for whiplash type injuries and an increase in the small claims track limit for personal injury from road traffic accidents (to £5,000) are due to be

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ALARM CONFERENCE 2021

Monday 25 January 2021

At ALARM we have been watching with bated breath how the COVID-19 crisis is resolving and how the vaccination programme is rolling out. Having assessed the ongoing

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On the case - Claim against the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority dismissed

Wednesday 20 January 2021

Wilkes v (1) Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (2) North Yorkshire County Council BLM successfully defended a claim against the Yorkshire Dales National Park

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WEBINAR WEDNESDAY - PROJECT RISK MANAGEMENT

Wednesday 13 January 2021

Last year the world paused. ‘Normal’ left us behind and it was replaced with a virtual way of living and working. We all had to find a way to navigate through the

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Review, rethink, reset - Housing in COVID-19

Tuesday 12 January 2021

Very little about 2020 could be considered normal, compared with the world as it was and the lives that we led pre-March 2020. The health, prosperity and welfare of the

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My view - blue light update

Monday 11 January 2021

The National Risk Register (NRR) has just been launched. It is a useful document providing a government assessment of the likelihood and potential impacts of a broad

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SPONSOR SEGMENT - Brexit - it's a deal!

Friday 8 January 2021

The UK and EU Free Trade Deal (the Deal) came into effect at 23:00 GMT on 31 December 2020. The Deal is now firmly enshrined into UK domestic law by virtue of the

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CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION TO AMBITION

Friday 18 December 2020

ALARM is delighted to launch Climate change ambition to action , the second in a new series of guides this autumn/winter. We are pleased to continue to offer our

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Sponsor segment - Arçelik (BEKO and Glen Dimplex Group) gas cooker carbon monoxide deaths

Tuesday 15 December 2020

Under certain operating conditions the design of some models of domestic gas cookers manufactured by Arçelik and sold in the UK and Ireland by BEKO and Glenn Dimplex

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COVID-19 – EXPOSURES TO DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS

Thursday 10 December 2020

There has been much media coverage on the effects of the pandemic on companies, and the resulting business judgements of respective directors and officers that could

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WEBINAR WEDNESDAY - THE HUMAN IMPACT OF FIRE

Wednesday 9 December 2020

With the growing number of large and complex fire claims, Zurich Municipal are concerned about the impact the losses have upon the wellbeing of the individuals and

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SPONSOR SEGMENT – CHANGING SPACES: THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON WORK, HOME AND THE RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY MARKET

Thursday 3 December 2020

Since lockdown began, the working day has changed forever and this has had an undeniable effect on the demands of the space in our homes, causing many of us to

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SPONSOR SEGMENT – THINK BIKE!

Thursday 26 November 2020

A Sport England Active Lives Survey in October 2019 reported that approximately 100,000 more people were cycling for leisure and sport than in 2018, taking the total to

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WEBINAR WEDNESDAY - MoRiLe ORGANISATIONAL RISK ASSESSMENT (ORA)

Wednesday 25 November 2020

In this webinar Kate Hemstock, Derbyshire Constabulary provides an overview of the work being undertaken with Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, Fire and Rescue

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BREXIT - public procurement

Monday 9 November 2020

Although COVID-19 Lockdown Two and the US elections are headline news, Brexit is still rumbling on in the background. Urgent negotiations continue between the UK and the

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Transforming organisations

Tuesday 27 October 2020

Public services organisations have been in transformation for decades but in 2010, at the height of the recession resulting from the global economic crash, activities

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CASE FILES - DOES BUSINESS INTERRUPTION INSURANCE COVER COVID-19-RELATED CLAIMS?

Tuesday 13 October 2020

It depends... The Commercial Court has given its judgment in the business insurance (BI) test case initiated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The judgment

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MY VIEW - BLUE LIGHT UPDATE

Monday 12 October 2020

In August, the Blue Light Committee said farewell and best wishes to our former Chair, Sabrina Martin, who did a sterling job driving the Blue Light Group forward.

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CASE FILES – UPDATE ON FLOOD RISKS AND CIVIL CLAIMS

Tuesday 6 October 2020

Climate change is never far from the news. For large landowners like councils, it presents a range of challenges, not least more frequent heavy rainfall leading to more

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WEBINAR WEDNESDAY - THE CHALLENGES OF COMMERCIALISATION OF THE PUBLIC SECTOR

Wednesday 30 September 2020

In our latest webinar, Philip Farrar, National Development Director at Risk Management Partners considers the growth in ‘commercialisation’ which in the context of a

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MY VIEW - KEEPING IN TOUCH

Monday 28 September 2020

Along with most colleagues I have been working from home since March. I was already working flexibly so I did not think it would be too much of a challenge to work from

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ALARM VIRTUAL CONFERENCE: WHAT'S ON THE HORIZON? 26-27 OCTOBER

Monday 28 September 2020

Keeping a watchful eye on emerging trends is a key part of risk management. No-one could have predicted the lasting impact of COVID-19 on individuals and organisations.

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WEBINAR WEDNESDAY - UNDERSTANDING BUSINESS CONTINUITY MANAGEMENT

Wednesday 23 September 2020

In this webinar Hugh Morris, Risk Management Consultant at Gallagher, provides a basic introduction to business continuity management (BCM). Hugh explores definitions of

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MY VIEW – BIRDS OF A FEATHER

Monday 21 September 2020

It’s lovely to be writing my first My View blog as ALARM’s newest Board Director. I’ve greatly benefitted from ALARM over the years and I am delighted to be even more

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SPONSOR SEGMENT – INQUESTS – THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 AND RESUMPTION OF BUSINESS AS USUAL

Thursday 17 September 2020

The pandemic has been unprecedented in its natures and impact across the world; it has also affected inquests in England and Wales. With almost four months of curtailed

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SPONSOR SEGMENT – COVID-19 AND SECTION 21 NOTICES

Thursday 3 September 2020

Registered providers of social housing will know that the two month period for Section 21 Notices has been extended – like the Section 8 Notice of Seeking Possession –

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WEBINAR WEDNESDAY - BLUE LIGHT LEGAL UPDATE

Wednesday 2 September 2020

In our latest webinar, Andrew Steel, Partner at Plexus Law, provides analysis of three important areas relating to civil actions against the police. The first considers

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SPONSOR SEGMENT – FIRE ON THE RISE DURING LOCKDOWN

Thursday 27 August 2020

Fire-related losses are one of the largest contributors to property insurance claims in the UK. According to figures produced by the Association of British Insurers (ABI

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ALARM VIRTUAL CONFERENCE: CHANGING WAYS OF WORKING 8-9 September

Thursday 20 August 2020

We are pleased to invite you to ALARM's first ever virtual conference featuring a suite of live sessions (via Zoom) over two days. Over the past decade public service

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SPONSOR SEGMENT – GDPR – PERSONAL DATA BREACHES

Thursday 20 August 2020

Two years ago, GDPR swept into our lives like a tornado. Since then, a trend of data breach complaints and subsequent claims has emerged, and they are evolving before

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Webinar Wednesday - The psychology of personal resilience

Wednesday 19 August 2020

The need to be adaptive, agile and resilient has been much talked about during COVID-19. The experience of COVID-19 have placed many organisations, workforces and

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SPONSOR SEGMENT – COVID-19 AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Thursday 6 August 2020

There is no doubt that the pandemic has had a major impact on everyone, but how has it affected the number and need of affordable housing? The Government has recently

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WEBINAR WEDNESDAY - PROPERTY INSURANCE CLAIMS IN THE BLUE LIGHT SERVICES

Wednesday 5 August 2020

Insuring buildings and contents for blue light organisations is a relatively straightforward proposition. The challenges arise when insurers are asked to insure speed

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SPONSOR SEGMENT – FLEXIBLE FURLOUGHING, WITNESS AND CLAIMS INVESTIGATION

Tuesday 28 July 2020

There has been a lack of clarity over the extent to which employees on furlough leave could assist in the investigation of accidents and claims, or be interviewed by

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WEBINAR WEDNESDAY - Civil claims and COVID-19

Wednesday 22 July 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has forever changed every aspect of our lives from our working environments, to our personal relationships. As a result, there is a new wave of

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MY VIEW – WEATHERING THE STORM

Monday 20 July 2020

After serving on the ALARM Board for six years - including a stint as Chair in 2018-19 - I am delighted to be stepping into the role of Finance Director. I am passionate

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Housing response to Summer Economic Update

Thursday 16 July 2020

Rishi Sunak’s Summer Economic Update elicited bouquets and brickbats from housing sector representatives. The Summer Economic Update, announced recently, was a response

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RESULTS OF THE 2020 ALARM AGM

Monday 13 July 2020

This year has seen huge transformation across the globe. From changes in the way we work, to how we interact with friends and family. ALARM has also experienced many

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SPONSOR SEGMENT - COVID-19 - managing children’s services’ risks

Thursday 9 July 2020

COVID-19 and subsequent requirements for social distancing, and regulations around travel and staff absences, have brought fresh challenges to those working in children’

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WEBINAR WEDNESDAY - WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS

Wednesday 8 July 2020

In our latest webinar, Gabriel Fay, Parter at DWF LLP explores the risks and potential claims that may arise as a result of tree subsidence. Gabriel reviews

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MY VIEW – A NEW ERA FOR ALARM

Monday 6 July 2020

It gives me great pleasure to introduce myself - to those of you that do not know me - as ALARM’s new President, as Wayne’s tenure comes to an end. I would like to

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Sponsor segment - The overlooked risk of e-scooters

Friday 3 July 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic the Department for Transport (DfT) is delivering a green restart of local transport , which includes bringing forward e-scooter

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WEBINAR WEDNESDAY - SOCIAL MEDIA: DUTY OF CARE, CLAIMS AND RISK MANAGEMENT

Wednesday 1 July 2020

Social media is an evolving environment and is fast becoming a regular feature in our everyday lives, in a personal and professional capacity. The greater use of social

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WEBINAR WEDNESDAY - Building protection into social housing developments

Wednesday 24 June 2020

The UK Government has recently announced plans to ease lock down measures, and has encouraged some sectors to slowly return to work. Following on from his recent news

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MY VIEW – WHY DO RISK MANAGEMENT?

Monday 22 June 2020

I feel it’s important we regularly remind ourselves of the value risk management brings to an organisation - particularly during these challenging times. Risk management

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SPONSOR SEGMENT – EASING CARE ACT OBLIGATIONS

Thursday 18 June 2020

The Coronavirus Act 2020 allows ‘easements’ of certain duties of local authorities under the Care Act 2014 , effectively suspending those duties temporarily. What does

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WEBINAR WEDNESDAY - CYBER RISK SOLUTIONS

Wednesday 17 June 2020

Cyber crime is an ever-changing landscape where criminals have access to more tools than ever. In our latest webinar, Johnty Mongan, Cyber Risk Consultant at Gallagher

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CASE FILES - What does Barlow v Wigan mean for local authorities?

Tuesday 16 June 2020

In an important ruling for local authorities the Court of Appeal has overturned the High Court decision that for a path to be a highway maintainable at public expense it

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MY VIEW – NAVIGATING UNCHARTERED WATERS

Monday 8 June 2020

I was due to run the Manchester Marathon in early April. As the big day approached, I found myself worrying about things that seem laughable now. I worried about the

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SPONSOR SEGMENT - BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING WHO

Thursday 4 June 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has raised questions about using surveillance systems for tracking and tracing the spread of the virus, as well as enforcing movement restrictions

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WEBINAR WEDNESDAY - THE 25 YEAR ENVIRONMENT PLAN

Wednesday 3 June 2020

Amidst the global pandemic, climate change is a key issue still effecting our citizens, communities and public service organisations. Following the UK Government

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ALARM AGM 2020

Tuesday 2 June 2020

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on mass gatherings, the 2020 ALARM AGM will be hosted virtually via Zoom. The AGM will take place at 9:00 on

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SPONSOR SEGMENT - Building protection into social housing developments

Friday 15 May 2020

David Mayor, Partner at Forbes Solicitors discusses essential COVID-19 protection measures for owners and operators of construction sites. How do you fit a window or

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SPONSOR SEGMENT - ARE YOUR STRESS FLOODGATES EFFECTIVE?

Wednesday 13 May 2020

Work-related stress is increasing during this global crisis. Media reports give some indication of the pressures for keyworkers and the huge emotional strain on

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MY VIEW - STRANGE TIMES, OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS?

Monday 11 May 2020

I find myself sharing this blog from a very different place in my organisation to normal. I carry the resilience lead for Dundee City Council, as well as running some

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Managing open spaces

Thursday 7 May 2020

Colin Buttery, Director of Open Spaces at the City of London Corporation, shares how his department responded to COVID-19 within the initial period of lockdown .

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SPONSOR SEGMENT - Park life in lockdown

Tuesday 5 May 2020

Another long bank holiday weekend approaches and decisions have to be made on managing public spaces. Park use during COVID-19 restrictions has become an ongoing topic,

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WEBINAR WEDNESDAY - Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 update

Wednesday 29 April 2020

We are now just over a year since the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 came into force on 20 March 2019. The first anniversary was of major significant too

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MY VIEW - PANDEMIC RISK RESPONSE

Monday 27 April 2020

Six months ago, it would have been unimaginable not to be able to socialise with friends, go out to a restaurant, travel to meetings, or travel abroad on holiday. Who

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Stronger spotlight - Council commercial property scrutiny

Thursday 23 April 2020

Councils were already vulnerable to a downward trend affecting their commercial property investments, then along came COVID-19 and a country-wide lockdown, which has

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Guidance on best practice for landlords during COVID-19

Tuesday 21 April 2020

The Housing Ombudsman Service has published new guidance for landlords on complaint handling amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance sets out best practice on engaging

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SPONSOR SEGMENT - Obligations, regulations and procedures

Wednesday 15 April 2020

It’s difficult to manage daily operational challenges and still maintain standards and systems, when local and national governments, blue light services and the third

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ALARM Conference, Exhibition and Risk Awards

Wednesday 8 April 2020

At ALARM, our main focus is that our members and partners are supported in their roles, whilst ensuring their safety and that of our colleagues and team members. In

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Behavioural Analysis Conference 2020 6-7 October

Wednesday 1 April 2020

Greenlight would like to invite you to their two-day conference on 6 and 7 October exploring how hostile or criminal intent can be identified through the observation of

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Staying resilient in isolation

Monday 30 March 2020

Whether you are self-isolating, working from home or just social distancing, everyone is going to feel a lot more isolated and vulnerable now we are in lockdown. We need

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SPONSOR SEGMENT - HOMEWORKING

Friday 27 March 2020

Being 'at work' is now defined by what you do and not where you do it. The UK Government is requiring businesses to encourage employees to work at home, wherever

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Coronavirus Bill update

Wednesday 25 March 2020

The Coronavirus Bill went to the House of Lords on Tuesday and is expected to become legislation by Thursday, triggering a parliamentary recess. The Bill will deal with

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ALARM's response to COVID-19

Monday 23 March 2020

We would like to reassure our members, sponsors and partners that ALARM remains open and working on your behalf through this difficult time. At ALARM, our main objective

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What the Coronavirus Bill may mean for public services

Friday 20 March 2020

The upcoming Coronavirus Bill which will be fast tracked through Government, taking effect by the end of March, contains changes to the way public services are delivered

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SPONSOR SEGMENT - Inspections in vulnerable person's properties and care homes

Thursday 19 March 2020

In common with a number of other providers, Zurich Municipal carry out safety inspections on plant and equipment belonging to our customers, many of which are to ensure

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MY VIEW - Proposed changes to ALARM’s Constitution

Monday 16 March 2020

Part of my role as Company Secretary of ALARM is to be gatekeeper of the organisation’s governance arrangements. We are all rightly proud that ALARM is an association of

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SPONSOR SEGMENT - DoLS and the quest for damages

Thursday 12 March 2020

Deprivation of Liberty safeguards (DoLS) regime is due to be replaced by the Liberty Protection Safeguards . The draft code of practice should be published for

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MEET THE MEMBER - CORRINA YOUNG

Tuesday 10 March 2020

In this week's Meet the Member we speak to Corrina Young, Risk & Technical Officer at London Borough of Waltham Forest Council and member of the ALARM South East

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COVID-19 - ALARM'S POSITION

Monday 9 March 2020

ALARM is closely monitoring the evolution of the COVID-19 outbreak in the UK and following advice from the UK Government and its agencies. The safety of our members and

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MY VIEW - Fire poses an increasing danger to housing providers

Monday 2 March 2020

The high-profile media subject of domestic fires has put buildings under scrutiny, as well as raise risk awareness. Fire doesn’t just carry a financial and

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SPONSOR SEGMENT - HOMES FIT FOR HUMAN HABITATION

Thursday 27 February 2020

We are steadily approaching the anniversary of the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 coming into force. For the first 12 months it has only applied to new

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MEET THE MEMBER - SONAL DEVANI

Tuesday 25 February 2020

In this week's Meet the Member we speak to Sonal Devani, Risk Management Manager at Leicester City Council and member of the ALARM Midlands Branch Committee. What is

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Bob Craik Award

Friday 21 February 2020

Andrea Nitschke, Risk and Insurance Manager at London Borough of Waltham Forest Council, has been announced as the fourth recipient of the Bob Craik Award. Karen Gooch,

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MY VIEW - RUNNING THE RISK

Monday 17 February 2020

I am a keen runner. In April I will be taking part in the Manchester Marathon, and of an evening I can usually be found in the streets of Teesside ticking off miles and

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SPONSOR SEGMENT - FUTURE OF THE CLEAN AIR BILL

Thursday 13 February 2020

The Clean Air (Human Rights) Bill had its first reading in the House of Commons on 13 January 2020 with the date of the second reading to be announced. The Bill is a

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MEET THE MEMBER - DOUGLAS MATHERS

Tuesday 11 February 2020

In this week's Meet the Member we speak to Douglas Mathers, Finance Officer at South Lanarkshire Council and member of the ALARM Scotland Branch Committee. What is your

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Rats!

Friday 7 February 2020

We may be celebrating the Chinese Year of the Rat, but there is concern over the growing number that are trying to make themselves at home in our homes. They may be cute

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Public sector seminars 2020

Friday 7 February 2020

Gallagher and BLM would like to invite you to their joint seminars taking place in London on Tuesday 25 February 2020 and Birmingham on Thursday 12 March 2020. There has

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MY VIEW - Public sector insurance market

Monday 3 February 2020

The public sector insurance market never stands still. One of the genuine attractions of being involved in the public sector insurance and risk market is that it never

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SPONSOR SEGMENT - CLIMATE IMPACT ON HIGHWAYS

Thursday 30 January 2020

Climate change is now a pressing issue for most councils. According to the LGA, around 230 councils have declared a climate emergency . Councils are taking steps to

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MEET THE MEMBER - SUE RUDDOCK

Tuesday 28 January 2020

In this week's Meet the Member we speak to Susan Ruddock, Corporate Risk & Insurance Manager at Transport for Wales and Chair of the ALARM Wales Branch Committee.

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Warming warning - A snapshot on climate change in the UK

Thursday 23 January 2020

Climate change is firmly on society’s agenda and in the news. At the start of a new decade we gather a few of the latest stats and facts on the evidence of increased

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Back to basics or advancing the agenda?

Tuesday 21 January 2020

We are going back to basics with the return of our suite of risk management courses. This course has been designed to provide a basic yet comprehensive understanding of

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MY VIEW - 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 - DAVID FORSTER

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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MY VIEW - 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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MY VIEW - 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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MY VIEW - 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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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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MY VIEW - 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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MY VIEW - 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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MY VIEW - 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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MY VIEW - 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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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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MY VIEW - 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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MY VIEW - 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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LOCAL GOVERNMENT INSURANCE UPDATE

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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MY VIEW - 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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MY VIEW - 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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MY VIEW - 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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MY VIEW - BLUE LIGHT UPDATE

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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