View from Alarm - January 2017

View from Alarm - January 2017
30 Jan 2017

View from Alarm - January 2017

Alarm Director, Paul Dudley discusses the crucial role emergency services and local authorities play in managing the immediate aftermath of an emergency, supporting local people and businesses as well as restoring the public realm.

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Alarm Members urged to share views on the Lord Chancellor's review of the discount rate

Alarm Members urged to share views on the Lord Chancellor's review of the discount rate
27 Jan 2017

Alarm Members urged to share views on the Lord Chancellor's review of the discount rate

Following the announcement in December 2016 by the Lord Chancellor to review the discount rate for personal injury damages, the Association of British Insurers (ABI) launched a legal challenge on the decision. However the High Court has ruled against their call for the Government to complete its previous consultation and recognising that this potential change could significantly impact Member organisations, Alarm is urging Members to contact the Lord Chancellor with their views or concerns on this matter.

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Alarm launches guide on preparing and responding to a major incident

Alarm launches guide on preparing and responding to a major incident
23 Nov 2016

Alarm launches guide on preparing and responding to a major incident

After identifying that business continuity plans (BCPs) do not always provide user friendly practical assistance to those dealing with the immediate aftermath of a major incident, Alarm have worked closely with Vericlaim loss adjusters to develop a short best-practice guide that provides helpful hints and tips for both preparing and responding to a major incident. The Guide is designed as a quick reference resource, providing practical guidance on what can be done both pre and post incident to ensure impacts are mitigated.

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New highways code of practice released

New highways code of practice released
2 Nov 2016

New highways code of practice released

The UK Roads Liaison Group has recently published the new Well-managed highways infrastructure: a code of practice. This Code, replacing the previous Well-maintained highways, Well-lit highways, and Management of highway structures codes, moves from specific guidance to a risk based approach, determined by each highway authority. This is a UK wide code and is to be implemented within two years of the date of publication.

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Alarm launches guide to business continuity management

Alarm launches guide to business continuity management
17 Oct 2016

Alarm launches guide to business continuity management

Alarm has updated and relaunched its guide to business continuity management (BCM). The Guide will provide Members with the ability to develop a robust business continuity infrastructure that will enable future resilience and help promote business as usual when facing an incident. The new guide also benefits from a supporting presentation offering hints and tips that will work for any public service organisation looking to implement, refresh or improve their business continuity plan.

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Public RM shortlisted at CorpComms awards

Public RM shortlisted at CorpComms awards
3 Oct 2016

Public RM shortlisted at CorpComms awards

Alarm's quarterly Members' journal, Public RM has been shortlisted for 'Best corporate publication – not-for-profit and public sector organisations' at the 2016 CorpComms awards. The award recognises a publication that communicates an organisation's activities to various stakeholders, forming part of a clear communications strategy.

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Alarm launches guide to risks arising from new service delivery models

Alarm launches guide to risks arising from new service delivery models
21 Sep 2016

Alarm launches guide to risks arising from new service delivery models

As organisations identify opportunities and facilitate the management of risks from the public sector response to ongoing austerity measures and subsequent transformation, more questions are asked. In response, Alarm has published a new guide entitled New ventures, new risks: Alarm guide to the risks arising from new service delivery models in the public sector, which aims to assist Members during these times of change.

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Alarm launches guide to managing children's services risks

Alarm launches guide to managing children's services risks
1 Sep 2016

Alarm launches guide to managing children's services risks

Alarm has published an important, timely and useful document for Members involved in children’s services risk management and claims. The document entitled Children's services: Alarm guide to managing risks aims to assist risk managers in identifying important issues in this complex area and to provide guidance on how those issues can be managed effectively. Alarm’s aim is to assist local authorities in their core objective of working effectively with other agencies to protect children from harm.

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New risk culture proposal: Why risk cultures need prudence

New risk culture proposal: Why risk cultures need prudence
23 Aug 2016

New risk culture proposal: Why risk cultures need prudence

The Centre for Risk Research at the University of Southampton has just released the first in a series of discussion documents aimed at stimulating discussion and thought leadership within the risk profession. The document, entitled Why risk cultures need prudence is written by one of the Centre’s risk academics, Dr Alasdair Marshall, who became experienced in local government as a District Councillor in the 1990s. Written to be relevant for any type and size of organisation, the discussion paper proposes that the concept of prudence can provide a “solid foundation” for risk culture.

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25 years of risk and insurance: A personal reflection on Alarm conferences

25 years of risk and insurance: A personal reflection on Alarm conferences
14 Jul 2016

25 years of risk and insurance: A personal reflection on Alarm conferences

In the calm after the storm that was the 2016 Alarm Conference, Paul Dudley Corporate Risk Advisor for the City of London Corporation and Alarm Board Director, recounts his experiences of Alarm and the annual conferences over the past 25 years.

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2016 Alarm Risk Award winners announced

2016 Alarm Risk Award winners announced
28 Jun 2016

2016 Alarm Risk Award winners announced

The winners of the 2016 Alarm Risk Awards were announced last night at the annual Alarm Awards ceremony, hosted by professional risk-taker, Caspar Berry. The Alarm Risk Awards are a great source of knowledge and experience, and offer inspiration for future initiatives. All the winning, highly commended and shortlisted entries are now available to download.

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Alarm Chairman to join charity cycle ride to Conference

Alarm Chairman to join charity cycle ride to Conference
8 Jun 2016

Alarm Chairman to join charity cycle ride to Conference

Alarm Chairman, Wayne Rigby, will be joining Paul Lawrence on day two of his cycle ride to Manchester in aid of Prostate Cancer UK. Wayne will be joining Paul on the second leg of his ride before the Peak District National Park (approximately 50 miles to Manchester). Help support this worthwhile charity by sponsoring Wayne via his Virgin Money page or Paul via his Just Giving page. All donations are very much appreciated.

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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.

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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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