View from Alarm - March 2018

View from Alarm - March 2018
13 Apr 2018

View from Alarm - March 2018

In the March issue of CIR Magazine Paul Dudley, Alarm Board Director, discusses the benefits of the Alarm CIPFA Risk Management Benchmarking Club.

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Join our Board of Directors - Alarm 2018 elections

Join our Board of Directors - Alarm 2018 elections
29 Mar 2018

Join our Board of Directors - Alarm 2018 elections

Are you passionate about helping Alarm develop and grow as the UK’s premier public service risk management association? This is a challenging and exciting time in public service risk management, so if you really want to make a positive difference to your profession please nominate yourself for one of the three 3 year vacancies for the Board of Directors.

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Data rich insight poor - launching Alarm Blue Light Group

Data rich insight poor - launching Alarm Blue Light Group
21 Mar 2018

Data rich insight poor - launching Alarm Blue Light Group

Data was the theme for the first combined police and fire, Blue Light Group event. Find out more about the Group and the event's insightful presentations on GDPR, data protection, big data and cyber security.

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Highways claims management manual updated

Highways claims management manual updated
20 Mar 2018

Highways claims management manual updated

Following the introduction of the Well managed highway infrastructure: a code of practice, Section 2 of Alarm's Highways claims management manual has been revised to reflect the risk based approach to managing highways risks that must be adopted by October 2018.

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Recent judgements have major implications for blue light services

Recent judgements have major implications for blue light services
22 Feb 2018

Recent judgements have major implications for blue light services

Landmark decisions have been made in two recent cases, which will have major implications to blue light services.

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2018 Chair's charity - Children's Bereavement Centre

2018 Chair's charity - Children's Bereavement Centre
20 Feb 2018

2018 Chair's charity - Children's Bereavement Centre

This year Alarm Chair, Jane O'Leary has chosen to support the Children's Bereavement Centre, a unique and very special charity that offers children and families affected by terminal illness the support and guidance they need during a very difficult time in their lives.

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View from Alarm

View from Alarm
31 Jan 2018

View from Alarm

In the January issue of CIR magazine Alarm Chair, Jane O'Leary reflects on 2017 and the challenges placed on the public sector throughout the year.

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Chiltern's MS Centre receives £1,000 donation courtesy of Alarm Member and sponsor

Chiltern's MS Centre receives £1,000 donation courtesy of Alarm Member and sponsor
18 Jan 2018

Chiltern's MS Centre receives £1,000 donation courtesy of Alarm Member and sponsor

Chiltern's MS Centre has received a donation of £1,000, courtesy of insurance brokers JLT Speciality Public Sector UK Retail and Maggie Gibb, Head of Business Assurance at Buckinghamshire County Council.

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Judgment for CN & GN v Poole Borough Council

Judgment for CN & GN v Poole Borough Council
20 Dec 2017

Judgment for CN & GN v Poole Borough Council

The Court of Appeal has today delivered its judgment in the claim of CN & GN v Poole Borough Council which will have a significant impact on failure to remove claims.

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Alarm wins at the 2017 CIR Risk Management Awards

Alarm wins at the 2017 CIR Risk Management Awards
13 Nov 2017

Alarm wins at the 2017 CIR Risk Management Awards

We are proud to announce that the Children's services: Alarm guide to managing risk won the Public Sector Risk Management Award at the 2017 CIR Risk Management Awards. A big thank you goes out to all those involved in the development and delivery of the guide

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Supreme Court rules vicarious liability extends to cover foster parents

Supreme Court rules vicarious liability extends to cover foster parents
18 Oct 2017

Supreme Court rules vicarious liability extends to cover foster parents

In NA v Nottinghamshire County Council the Supreme Court ruled today that whilst local authorities do not owe a child in foster care a non-delegable duty, a local authority can be held vicariously liable for the wrongful actions of foster parents to a child in foster care.

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View from Alarm - September 2017

View from Alarm - September 2017
25 Sep 2017

View from Alarm - September 2017

In the September issue of View from Alarm, Beverley Nichol-Culff, Alarm Board Director discusses the Police and Crime Act 2017 and the increasing threat of cyber-crime and targeting of business and payment systems. She discusses the use of technology and social media to facilitate organised crime and impending General Data Protection Regulations.

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Alarm shortlisted for Public Risk Management Award

Alarm shortlisted for Public Risk Management Award
19 Sep 2017

Alarm shortlisted for Public Risk Management Award

Jane O’Leary, Alarm Chair said “We are incredibly proud to be shortlisted for the Public Risk Management Award. The ‘Children’s services: Alarm guide to managing risk’, was produced by our own Members and sponsors of Alarm. The guide has been welcomed by both risk managers and social care practitioners as the 'go to' guide for managing risk in social care and to have it recognised is a real coup.”

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Safer cycling for work - Public RM Summer 2017 article

Safer cycling for work - Public RM Summer 2017 article
3 Jul 2017

Safer cycling for work - Public RM Summer 2017 article

In Alarm’s Member journal, Philip Farrar, National Development Director and Adrian Bloor, UK Claims Director at Risk Management Partners Ltd discuss bicycle use for business.

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2017 Alarm Risk Award winners announced

2017 Alarm Risk Award winners announced
27 Jun 2017

2017 Alarm Risk Award winners announced

Congratulation to all the winners of the 2017 Alarm Risk Awards. The 2017 Alarm Risk Award winners were announced at the Awards dinner held last night at The Principal Hotel, Manchester, hosted by award-winning news anchor and presenter Martin Stanford.

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Alarm Members' support

Alarm Members' support
19 Jun 2017

Alarm Members' support

Following the unfortunate incident at Grenfell Tower last week, the Insurance Team at Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea received a lot of offers of help and assistance from Alarm members and colleagues.

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View from Alarm - March 2017

View from Alarm - March 2017
28 Apr 2017

View from Alarm - March 2017

In the March issue of CIR magazine, Alarm Chairman, Peter Andrews discusses uncertainty in an environment where risks are emerging faster and with more complexity. He advises that those organisations with effective risk management are those that are most likely to come out stronger and more resilient. Keys to success in that regard are not only the processes that organisations use to identify and manage risk, but also their overall reaction to risk and their risk appetite.

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Art Talk confirmed as Chairman's Charity for 2017

Art Talk confirmed as Chairman's Charity for 2017
19 Apr 2017

Art Talk confirmed as Chairman's Charity for 2017

This year Alarm Chairman, Peter Andrews has chosen to support local community group, Art Talk as the Chairman's Charity. Art Talk provides a space for creative individuals with learning difficulties to express themselves through talking, signing and the visual arts.

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Change to the personal injury discount rate announced

Change to the personal injury discount rate announced
27 Feb 2017

Change to the personal injury discount rate announced

Further to Alarm's announcement on 26 January, this morning sees the announcement from the Ministry of Justice of a change to the personal injury discount rate from 2.5% to minus 0.75% as at 20 March 2017. There will be further consultation on the reforms. This ultimately will affect public sector liability premium costs and Alarm will provide further briefings in due course.

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Government publishes response to whiplash reforms consultation

Government publishes response to whiplash reforms consultation
24 Feb 2017

Government publishes response to whiplash reforms consultation

The Ministry of Justice has published part one of its response to the ‘Reforming the soft tissue injury (‘whiplash’) claims process’ consultation. This response provides further detail on the package of measures which is designed to discourage minor, exaggerated and fraudulent road traffic accident (RTA) related whiplash claims. The proposals are broadly in line with Alarm's response and views of those Members that took part. Alarm will be providing further material on these reforms as this develops.

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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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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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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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