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House prices expected to increase nationwide

House prices expected to increase nationwide

House prices are expected to increase by 1.5 per cent nationwide, but London will see a 3.6 per cent dip For the first time in six years, house prices across the UK are expected to outperform those in London during 2015. Analysts have predicted that house prices will increase by 1.5...

Delivering services online

John Chilver, Deputy Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources at Buckinghamshire County Council, tells why it is vital that the fight continues to convince taxpayers and staff to do business with the Council online Everyone is on the internet these days, aren’t they? Isn’t it true that new technology is old...

An effective resilience community

Resilience Direct is making fantastic strides in the emergency response service arena. Created specifically for “blue light” responders along with their public and private sector response partners. Here, Luana Avagliano, Head of the Resilience Direct team in the Civil Contingencies Secretariat – Cabinet Office, answers the key questions. Why do...

Innovating growth in Ireland

Deirdre Glenn, Manufacturing, Engineering and Energy Research Commercialisation Manager at Enterprise Ireland speaks to AG about how the organisation is supporting innovation throughout the country Ireland is one of, if not the, leading Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) countries in Europe, offering key commercial environments for companies to develop their research...

A new green growth model for SMEs in the EU

Antonello Pezzini, Member of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) explains the importance of European companies creating sustainability strategies European companies are progressively building sustainability into their strategies, together with a new culture of innovation, with a view to securing competitive advantages. It is widely believed, from top management down...
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EU funding for health, demographic change and wellbeing projects

Sarah Collen-Godman, Senior Policy Manager – NHS European Office at the NHS Confederation discusses how the Horizon 2020 programme will help to address major societal challenges Horizon 2020, Europe’s research and innovation programme, was launched at the beginning of 2014 and will run until 2020. It is the EU’s overarching, multi-disciplinary...

A step forwards in the fight against crime and terror

Antoon Burgers, Program Manager – Special Tactics Equipment at Holmatro details how cooperation between industry and special operations forces are helping with the fight against crime and terror A trend that has developed in recent years is that the industry is more frequently approached by Police and Defence special operations...
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Going for growth for agriculture in Northern Ireland

Michelle O’Neill, Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development in the north of Ireland gives an overview of her priorities for 2015 including tackling rural isolation and progressing the ‘Going for Growth’ strategy A difficult budget for 2015/16 means we will face a challenging year ahead. This is why I remain...
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The United Nations University Fisheries Training Programme

Your partner for capacity development in fisheries projects For 17 years the United Nations University Fisheries Training Programme has promoted the sustainable use of living aquatic resources in partner countries. Through the work with partners in 50 countries and with our partner institutions in Iceland, the UNU-FTP has identified key...

Climate cooperation in Europe’s first macro-region

Maxi Nachtigall, Adviser Sustainable Development, Council of the Baltic Sea States, CBSS sheds light on how the Baltic Sea Region is taking action to limit the impact from climate change The Baltic Sea region (BSR) is Europe’s first macro region. Since 2009, the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea region...
Integrated farming delivers sustainable farming

Integrated farming delivers sustainability

Patrick Wrixon, President of the European Initiative for Sustainable Development in Agriculture (EISA) gives thought to integrated farming and its positive impact on the environment With global population growth, increased focus on addressing food security and concerns about environmental impact and biodiversity loss, it is essential that farming systems are...
Scottish young voters plan to take a step forward

Scottish young voters plan to take a step forward

It is expected plans to include 16- and 17-year-olds in the Scottish electoral system will take a step forward later today The push to give young people in Scotland a voice in democracy will take a step closer to the realisation today. MSPs are expected to ask the House of Commons...
British workers take home less money

British workers take home less money

New research has revealed that almost all British workers are taking home less money in real terms than in 2001, with men and young people feeling the toughest pinch Figures from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) have revealed that wages were one per cent lower in the third quarter...
Wolverhampton Council is looking after 800 children

More needs to be done to prevent child abuse

Chairman of Wolverhampton Safeguarding Children Board Alan Coe said more needed to be done to prevent child neglect and organised sex abuse in the city. Wolverhampton City Council revealed that 800 children are currently in its care across the region. This gives the local authority the highest rate of care...
London council cracks down on empty properties

London council cracks down on empty properties

Buy-to-leave homeowners may face fines and even prison sentences for buying properties and leaving them vacant under new measures introduced by Islington Council. Growing numbers of foreign investors are cashing in on the soaring housing prices in the capital, but leaving properties empty as their value rises. Now, Islington Council is...
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Streamlining local government

Research shows that Buckinghamshire’s local government system would see savings of £20m a year by restructuring to one council, if politicians are brave enough – something the local business community crowd-funded £25,000 to discover. Guy Lachlan, Spokesman for Buckinghamshire Business Group, explains. Devolution has never been as prominent in the...
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ABBS Joins Forces with Drehtainer to Beat IED’s

Zero Shock + VGAM = 100% Protection From Mine Blast Effects   Mines and IED’s have become the weapon of choice for any terrorist or insurgent organization worldwide, and over 70 countries currently suffer from the problem, with vehicles regularly being destroyed and people killed and injured. To counter those threats ABBS...
Bucks Council reveals how it is recruiting the leaders of tomorrow

Council leading the way in Buckinghamshire

Buckinghamshire Country Council details how it is recruiting leaders of tomorrow and its success in training and retraining staff. Alison Bulman is living proof that Buckinghamshire County Council acts on its proud declaration that it is passionate about recruiting the ‘Leaders of Tomorrow’. For she is now a key member of...

500 council staff take voluntary redundancy

More than 500 staff working at Wolverhampton City Council have been granted voluntary redundancy. Wolverhampton City Council has announced that more than 500 people working for the authority have been approved for voluntary redundancy. The council plans to cut 2,000 jobs—a third of its workforce—over the next two years as...
Government efficiency programmes saved £14.3bn

Government efficiency programmes saved £14.3bn

Efficiency and reform programmes set up by the government has saved a significant amount of taxpayer money last year, according to latest reports. Efficiency and reform programmes have saved the taxpayer around £14.3bn in 2013 to 2014, Chancellor of the Exchequer (George Osborne), and Minister for the Cabinet Office (Francis...

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