Alarm wins at 2016 MemCom awards

Alarm wins at 2016 MemCom awards
20 May 2016

Alarm wins at 2016 MemCom awards

Alarm has been named the winner of ‘Best overall marketing achievement by a smaller professional body’ at the 2016 MemCom awards. An award which recognises the good work that smaller professional bodies do for their members and sector, Alarm was selected as the winner for its efforts in continually adapting to meet Members’ changing professional development needs, assisting public service organisations during this period of unprecedented change. Networking, Seminars and CPD related training all score highly as Member benefits. Alarm was also commended for taking a broader industry view with the Alarm report, The risk success story: improving performance in risk management, which compares the performance and progress of risk management from 2010 to 2015.

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Alarm shortlisted at 2016 MemCom Awards

Alarm shortlisted at 2016 MemCom Awards
5 May 2016

Alarm shortlisted at 2016 MemCom Awards

Alarm has been shortlisted for ‘Best overall marketing achievement by a smaller professional body’ at the 2016 MemCom awards. The award recognises the good work that smaller professional bodies do for their members and their sector. The awards are being held on Thursday 19 May in London and Alarm will update Members on the outcome.

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2016 Chairman's Charity: Prostate Cancer UK

2016 Chairman's Charity: Prostate Cancer UK
13 Apr 2016

2016 Chairman's Charity: Prostate Cancer UK

This year Alarm Chairman, Wayne Rigby has again chosen to support Prostate Cancer UK as the Chairman’s Charity. Attendees at the Alarm Risk Awards can join the Chairman in supporting this worthwhile Charity, simply by entering a donation into the Alarm Charity prize draw. You can also support Prostate Cancer UK by supporting Alarm Member, Paul Lawrence who is again cycling to the Conference in support of the Chairman’s Charity. All donations would be greatly appreciated.

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RRP accreditation now included in Alarm membership

RRP accreditation now included in Alarm membership
1 Apr 2016

RRP accreditation now included in Alarm membership

Professional accreditation through the Alarm Registered Risk Practitioner (RRP) scheme is now included within full membership of Alarm and Members can therefore apply for, and renew RRP status free of charge, as long as membership remains active. RRP offers a means by which professional standing and CPD in risk management can be recognised and rewarded.

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Permission to appeal is granted in NA v Nottinghamshire County Council

Permission to appeal is granted in NA v Nottinghamshire County Council
1 Apr 2016

Permission to appeal is granted in NA v Nottinghamshire County Council

It has been confirmed that the claimant in the case of NA v Nottinghamshire County Council has been granted permission to appeal to the Supreme Court. Clearly if the Supreme Court overturns the Court of Appeal judgment this could have significant repercussions for local authorities facing civil claims arising from allegations of abuse by foster carers.

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Longstanding Alarm Member awarded Chairman's Commendation

Longstanding Alarm Member awarded Chairman's Commendation
30 Mar 2016

Longstanding Alarm Member awarded Chairman's Commendation

Former Chairman of the Alarm North West Regional Group, Andrew Wilsdon was recently awarded the Chairman's Commendation for his untiring dedication and enthusiasm for Alarm and the North West Regional Group, which has been invaluable to the organisation and Members over the years.

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Named Board officials elected for 2016 - 2017

Named Board officials elected for 2016 - 2017
15 Mar 2016

Named Board officials elected for 2016 - 2017

The Alarm Board of Directors recently held its annual elections for its named posts. With effect from the Alarm AGM in June, Peter Andrews will take up the post of Chairman, with Jane O'Leary as Vice Chairman (Chairman Elect 2017/18). Sharon Roots continues as Finance Director and Wayne Rigby will take up the post of Company Secretary.

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'Back to basics' risk management documents published

'Back to basics' risk management documents published
14 Mar 2016

'Back to basics' risk management documents published

Alarm has published a suite of 'back to basics' risk management documents, providing valuable knowledge and support to those Members who are new to risk management. The documents will also serve as useful reference guides for more experienced Members.

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Learning outcomes from the Alarm insurance seminar

Learning outcomes from the Alarm insurance seminar
9 Mar 2016

Learning outcomes from the Alarm insurance seminar

The Alarm North West Regional Group kicked off their events for 2016 with a day dedicated to insurance related topics. Key learning outcomes include: the importance of the insurance manager in an organisation, changes to the Highways Code of Practice and the impact on highway authorities, advice when facing major losses from flooding, and the considerations for future insurance options.

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Chairman's Commendation awarded at Alarm insurance seminar

Chairman's Commendation awarded at Alarm insurance seminar
9 Mar 2016

Chairman's Commendation awarded at Alarm insurance seminar

At the recent Alarm insurance seminar, Alarm Chairman, Wayne Rigby highlighted that the Board had agreed it would like to formally recognise the dedication and hard work undertaken by an individual of the Alarm North West Regional Group for many years, that individual was Mark Nutter, Corporate Risk & Business Continuity Officer at Bolton Council.

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Managing flood risks

Managing flood risks
10 Dec 2015

Managing flood risks

National widespread flooding continues to dominate the news with reports this week of the devastating effects of Storm Desmond in the North of England and Scotland. Alarm would therefore like to remind Members of the FREE resources available on managing flood risks.

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Managing the risk of highways claims - best practice guidelines for highway asset managers

Managing the risk of highways claims - best practice guidelines for highway asset managers
9 Dec 2015

Managing the risk of highways claims - best practice guidelines for highway asset managers

Building on the success of the Highways claims management manual, Alarm has produced a reference document providing useful guidance to highways asset managers on some of the issues to consider, and what supporting information to provide, when completing the risk management element of the Department for Transport’s self-assessment questionnaire for the Local Highways Maintenance Capital Funding Incentive Fund.

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NA -v- Nottinghamshire County Council - Court of Appeal decision

NA -v- Nottinghamshire County Council - Court of Appeal decision
2 Dec 2015

NA -v- Nottinghamshire County Council - Court of Appeal decision

Earlier in the year, Aon reported on the important case of NA -v- Nottinghamshire County Council in connection with two different aspects of liability. The Court of Appeal has now handed down its judgment upholding the decision of the first court, who in the first instance concluded that a local authority cannot be vicariously liable for the deliberate acts of the foster carers and that the local authority does not owe a child in foster care a non-delegable duty. This is an important decision for local authorities with responsibilities for children in that it does not impose a strict liability upon them. However it is important as there is a distinct likelihood that it will be appealed.

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Alarm Member wins Risk Manager of the Year at the 2015 CIR Risk Management Awards

Alarm Member wins Risk Manager of the Year at the 2015 CIR Risk Management Awards
13 Nov 2015

Alarm Member wins Risk Manager of the Year at the 2015 CIR Risk Management Awards

Kathy Slowther, Insurance Manager at Southend-on-Sea Borough Council was awarded the coveted title of Risk Manager of the Year at last night's CIR Risk Management Awards. The award recognises outstanding performance by a risk management professional who has accomplished most over the last 12 months in reinforcing their organisation's risk management framework, inspiring their team and offering creative thinking to the risk management community as a whole.

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New cross-party approach to high value claims

New cross-party approach to high value claims
21 Oct 2015

New cross-party approach to high value claims

Major insurers and law firms have joined forces to produce a new guide to help speed up the handling of catastrophic injury claims. The Guide to the Conduct of Cases Involving Serious Injury is worth a read as any proposal for collaborative working between claimants and insurers at all stages of the claims process, should be welcomed by the public sector.

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Alarm membership changes

Alarm membership changes
1 Sep 2015

Alarm membership changes

Following a membership consultation, Alarm are pleased to announce some changes to the membership. In the annual membership survey results, collected in January 2015, Members told us that they wanted more access to networking, therefore in response to this Alarm have decided to include the Annual Conference with the already great member benefits, to enable more Members to be able to attend.

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Alarm Launches Highways Claims Management Manual

Alarm Launches Highways Claims Management Manual
13 Aug 2015

Alarm Launches Highways Claims Management Manual

The Alarm Insurance Special Interest Group has today launched its Highways Claims Management Manual, the first and only document to feature all the relevant aspects on managing highways claims from the specific perspective of the risk / insurance manager.

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A risk success story!

A risk success story!
5 Aug 2015

A risk success story!

The risk success story: improving performance in risk management compares performance and progress on risk management from 2010 to 2015 using statistics and information from Alarm CIPFA Benchmarking. It tells the story of improved risk management performance despite the sustained austerity of recent years.

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Alarm launches Webinars for Members

Alarm launches Webinars for Members
5 Aug 2015

Alarm launches Webinars for Members

In response to Members' changing needs, Alarm has introduced Webinars, a series of one hour interactive online training sessions that Members can attend for FREE without leaving the office.

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2016 Alarm Conference - Call for Speakers

2016 Alarm Conference - Call for Speakers
24 Jun 2015

2016 Alarm Conference - Call for Speakers

Would you like to deliver a workshop session on Risk Management, Insurance and Legal Matters, for Blue Light Services, Community and Charity Organisations, or the Housing Sector?

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2015 Alarm Risk Award Winners Announced

2015 Alarm Risk Award Winners Announced
23 Jun 2015

2015 Alarm Risk Award Winners Announced

The 2015 Alarm Risk Award winners were announced at the Dinner held at Conference Aston, Birmingham on Monday 22 June, during the 2015 Alarm National Educational Forum. The Awards were hosted by comedian, John Martin.

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Alarm Launches Freedom of Information Guidance Document

Alarm Launches Freedom of Information Guidance Document
27 May 2015

Alarm Launches Freedom of Information Guidance Document

In response to queries raised by members relating to Freedom of Information (FOI) requests around insurance matters, Alarm has produced ‘A good practice guide on handling information requests relating to Insurance’.

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Alarm Risk Awards Shortlist Announced

Alarm Risk Awards Shortlist Announced
21 May 2015

Alarm Risk Awards Shortlist Announced

The Alarm Risk Awards celebrate those public service and community organisations who have maintained effective and innovative forward momentum in the management of risk. We are delighted to see the Alarm Risk Awards finalists continue to demonstrate resilience within the sectors in which we operate, despite the financial challenges we have all faced over the past few years.

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The Crown Commercial Service Consults Alarm on New Government Insurance Framework

The Crown Commercial Service Consults Alarm on New Government Insurance Framework
12 May 2015

The Crown Commercial Service Consults Alarm on New Government Insurance Framework

The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) are seeking feedback from Alarm Members on their draft insurance framework documents.

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Alarm Launches New Member Benefit

Alarm Launches New Member Benefit
12 May 2015

Alarm Launches New Member Benefit

Alarm has created a new, relevant and useful online resource exclusively for Members by Members. Alarm is therefore keen to encourage Members to share their resources with other Alarm Members in the form of internal strategy documents, internal procedure notes, procurement documents, standard letter suites etc.

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Alarm Discussion Forum Update

Alarm Discussion Forum Update
28 Apr 2015

Alarm Discussion Forum Update

In response to Member feedback, we have moved the Alarm Discussion Forum to LinkedIn. The Alarm LinkedIn Discussion Forum still provides an area for Alarm members to share knowledge and expertise with like-minded professionals.

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Alarm Call for 2015 Board Nominations

Alarm Call for 2015 Board Nominations
15 Apr 2015

Alarm Call for 2015 Board Nominations

Alarm is currently seeking nominations for the Alarm Board of Directors. This year there are three, 3 year posts available. The Board of Directors are responsible for the overall management of the company including the setting of its strategic direction and the management of all financial and governance matters of the organisation.

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Alarm Member Survey Results

Alarm Member Survey Results
19 Mar 2015

Alarm Member Survey Results

As part of our on-going commitment to develop and improve services, earlier this year we conducted a Members’ survey to discover Members' preferences in a number of key areas; this includes how they prefer us to communicate, what services we provide and what we should be focusing our resources on in the future. A summary of the key questions and responses received are included here.

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The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 and the major changes

The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 and the major changes
11 Mar 2015

The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 and the major changes

The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 have finally been implemented with effect from 26 February 2015. So what are the major changes?

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File on 4 programme: Insurance and child abuse

File on 4 programme: Insurance and child abuse
26 Feb 2015

File on 4 programme: Insurance and child abuse

Members may be interested to hear the File on 4 programme on Radio Four, aired this week, on the subject of ‘Insurance and child abuse’.

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Cracking Down on Fundamental Dishonesty

Cracking Down on Fundamental Dishonesty
18 Feb 2015

Cracking Down on Fundamental Dishonesty

The newly enacted Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 enshrines in law the requirement for judges to dismiss personal injury claims where there is exaggeration that can be described as ‘fundamentally dishonest’, even if there are genuine aspects to the claim.

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Proposed Court Fee Increases

Proposed Court Fee Increases
10 Feb 2015

Proposed Court Fee Increases

The Government has announced it’s intention to introduce “enhanced court fees” which will apply to all money claims over £10,000, including personal injury.

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Highway maintenance code on the road to recovery?

Highway maintenance code on the road to recovery?
6 Feb 2015

Highway maintenance code on the road to recovery?

A review of the national Code of Practice for highway maintenance will be welcomed by highway authorities who have criticised the current guidelines for setting impossibly high standards.

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Alarm Needs You! Vnuk and the Potential Insurance Implications?

Alarm Needs You! Vnuk and the Potential Insurance Implications?
4 Feb 2015

Alarm Needs You! Vnuk and the Potential Insurance Implications?

The DfT is currently engaging with stakeholders, conducting an impact assessment in relation to potential changes to existing motor third party liability legislation. Unless the DfT arranges specific exemptions, under the EC judgment in Vnuk it may become an offence to keep any of the equipment listed in the enclosure without having formal third party motor cover in place. This may therefore present a huge administrative and cost burden to Member organisations. Alarm is therefore keen to represent Members in this consultation and are inviting responses to a few specific questions.

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Alarm 2015 Member Survey

Alarm 2015 Member Survey
8 Jan 2015

Alarm 2015 Member Survey

As part of Alarm's ongoing commitment to member satisfaction we are asking all Alarm Members to complete the 2015 Member Survey. We want to know what you value about Alarm, what is really important to you in your role and how we can improve membership for you.

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Vnuk -v- Zavarovalnica Triglav ECJ judgment - what are the implications for you?

Vnuk -v- Zavarovalnica Triglav ECJ judgment - what are the implications for you?
6 Jan 2015

Vnuk -v- Zavarovalnica Triglav ECJ judgment - what are the implications for you?

The recent important decision in the European Court of Justice in the matter of Vnuk -v- Zavarovalnica Triglav will have wide ranging implications for the insurance arrangements for Members' motor fleets and equipment.

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