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  3. Storm Doris winds reach 87mph as it hits UK 23 February 2017 From the section UK Image copyright PA Winds reached almost 90mph as Storm Doris made landfall on the British coast. An 87mph gust was recorded on the Galway coast in the Republic of Ireland. Amber warnings issued by the Met Office for wind are in place in parts of northern England, East Anglia, north Wales and the Midlands, with a snow warning issued for Scotland. Travel disruption is expected on road, train, air and ferry networks. 'Weather bomb' Gusts of more than 50mph have reached west Wales and the Isle of Wight. The strong winds are expected to cause flight delays and cancellations across the UK. Aer Lingus has cancelled almost all flights between Ireland and England. Heathrow advised passengers to check their flight status before arriving at the airport. Train services will also be disrupted, with Network Rail imposing a 50mph speed limit on the West Coast Mainline. Met Office weather warnings BBC Weather Environment Agency flood warnings Building damage and interruptions to power supplies are possible as the storm, likened to a "weather bomb" by forecasters, unleashes its power. Anyone affected by power cuts is encouraged to dial 105 for further information. Media captionWhat is a weather bomb?In southern Scotland, 10 to 15cm of snow is expected to fall throughout the Thursday. On higher ground, snowfall could reach 20 to 30cm across Falkirk, South Lanarkshire, East Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Edinburgh, Dumfries and Galloway and the Lothian region. Heavy rain is also likely, with snow expected over high ground across north Wales, north-west England, the Midlands, Yorkshire and East Anglia. The strongest winds are expected to be "short-lived" and gone by the evening. Image caption A BBC Weather graphic of the forecast for Storm Doris Forecasters say there is a risk of flooding in Northern Ireland, and possibly at lower levels in northern England, and the far south of Scotland. However, the Environment Agency said it had not issued any flood warnings for the UK. More rain and wind is expected to continue through to the weekend and into next week but will not reach the same level as Storm Doris. Doris is the latest storm to be named by the Met Office, and follows Angus in November and December's Barbara and Conor. View the full article
  4. Courts to ban cross-examination of victims by abusers 23 February 2017 From the section UK Image copyright PA Domestic abusers will no longer be able to cross-examine their former partners in family courts in England and Wales, the justice secretary is to announce. Liz Truss will extend a ban which already exists in criminal courts. She ordered an emergency review into the practice last month following a campaign by victim support groups. It is part of the Prisons and Courts Bill which will also see major changes to the prison system, including steps to tackle mobile phone and drug use. Justice Minister Sir Oliver Heald said: "Victims and the most vulnerable are at the centre of our changes, which will help deliver swifter and more certain justice for all." Ms Truss has been under pressure to reform the treatment of domestic abuse victims in family courts after the President of the Family Division of the High Court, Sir James Munby said they were lagging "woefully" behind their criminal counterparts. Family court judges are supposed to follow guidance, known as practice direction 12J, which is aimed at stopping an abusive partner from directly interrogating their ex. But charity Women's Aid has said that professionals in family courts often have an "appalling" lack of understanding of domestic abuse cases. 'Like being tortured' Over a period of 24 months, Diana, not her real name, was cross-examined in the family courts several times by her abuser. "I can barely put into words the terror I felt when my ex-husband questioned me directly in the family court," she said. "At the end of each 'interrogation' I'd hide in the toilets and shake and sob, dousing myself in soap, water and perfume, trying desperately to wash away the experience. "My ex taunted me about his violent past, name-calling and abusing me all over again. It happened on several occasions over many months. Each time was like being tortured. "The officials whose protection I had sought watched impassively. Forcing me to re-live the horror of his violence seemed exciting and gratifying for him. He smirked and openly laughed, relishing his audience, the control and my fear. "The experience re-traumatised me and prevented me from moving on with my life. I think it cemented the impact of the original violence and now it shocks me to think that this happened." Case study provided by Refuge. In other reforms planned for the court system, the bill will give powers to extend the use of virtual hearings, allowing victims to give evidence without meeting their attacker face to face. Some bail and other hearings will also be conducted via video or phone in future, and booths will be put in court buildings so the public can view the proceedings. Judges will be able to decide civil claims of up to £25,000 entirely online, if the parties agree. There will also be a new system for those charged with less serious offences, such as not having a ticket on the train, to plead guilty, accept a penalty and pay it online. Compensation payouts for whiplash will also be capped at fixed tariffs. Reform mission Measures to be announced on prisons come at a time of rising violence in jails, suicides and a number of high-profile disturbances. The bill will set out in law for the first time that the key function of prisons is to reform offenders as well as punish them. Other proposed measures include: New powers to tackle the use of mobile phones in prison Greater testing of prisoners for psychoactive substances Prison governors to be given control of budgets for education, employment and health Governors to also be held to account for getting inmates off drugs, into jobs and learning English and maths Making the justice secretary personally accountable for the progress in prisons A strengthened role for HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) with new statutory powers to intervene in struggling institutions League tables on how prisons are performing to be made available to the public Ms Truss said: "I want our prisons to be places of discipline, hard work and self-improvement, where staff are empowered to get people off drugs, improve their English and maths get a job on release." But shadow justice secretary Richard Burgon said: "The Conservatives' Prison and Courts Bill simply fails to deal with a prisons crisis that has developed on their watch. "Prisons must reform offenders, but these proposals are an inadequate response to a serious situation." View the full article
  5. School funding changes 'risk injustice' By Hannah Richardson BBC News education and social affairs reporter 23 February 2017 From the section Education & Family Image copyright robertmandel The key group pushing for a fairer funding system in England's schools says government plans for a funding shake-up need to be rethought. The F40 group, which campaigned for 20 years for the funding overhaul, is warning that some poorly funded areas, and schools within them, will lose out. Its vice-chair, Cheltenham MP Alex Chalk, says it is important "one injustice isn't replaced with another". Ministers say their plans will end unequal funding across the country. Education Secretary Justine Greening has highlighted how a school in Barnsley could receive 50% less than a school facing similar challenges in Hackney, east London. This is due to extra funds having been directed in the past to areas of higher deprivation and need. But many argue this is based on historical levels of need now out of date. 'Unexpected outcome' The cross-party F40 group represents 41 local authority members with historically low education funding. Supported by MPs, councillors, education directors, heads, teachers and parents, it has long argued that the existing funding model is outdated, has no rationale and is unfair. It has highlighted how pupils on different sides of a council boundary can attract very different levels of funding. Ministers agreed the existing system was outdated and unjustifiable, and after a series of delays the government published a final consultation on the proposals in December 2016. The plans are set to be implemented in 2018-19. F40 chairman Ivan Ould, a Leicestershire County Council member, said: "The proposed funding formula indicates a total gain of £183m for F40 member authorities once the national formula is fully implemented from 2019-20. "But that has to be tempered by an outcome that none of us really anticipated: that some poorly funded authorities will not gain, and that many schools, both primary and secondary, within poorly funded authorities will actually lose out." Earlier this week, the group lobbied MPs, many of whom are alarmed that so many schools in their areas are losers. The group argues: Plans to limit budget cuts for losers to 3% will "lock in" historical advantages for schools "overfunded" for decades As the fair funding formula does not increase the overall schools budget, there could be severe problems for those who have to reduce budgets, especially in lower funded areas The new formula gives too much weight to additional needs as opposed to per pupil funding, and risks replacing one unfairness with another The evidence to support the detail of the proposals is weak and not specific enough View the full article
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  7. Hi everyone, i don't know if anyone can help give me a definitive answer regarding the rules of citizens arrest in Scottish law? I've scoured google and really the only information i can find is that common law applies,but was hoping maybe for something a little more specific to Scotland? Or maybe any sources that may help explain.
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  9. This will end badly. There are enough laws in place, it's getting the victims to come forward that's the issue..
  10. I PASSED! And i'm in and start at the end of next month on March's intake. I'm so buzzing right now :) , good luck to everyone.
  11. Met Police appoints first female chief Cressida Dick 22 February 2017 From the section UK Cressida Dick is the new Metropolitan Police Commissioner, the first woman to take charge of London's police force. She succeeds Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, who led the force from 2011 until announcing his retirement last year. Ms Dick was previously the national policing lead on counter-terrorism, but left the Met for the Foreign Office. She said she was "thrilled and humbled" to be appointed, and was looking forward to "working again with the fabulous women and men of the Met". Her statement said: "This is a great responsibility and an amazing opportunity. "I'm looking forward immensely to protecting and serving the people of London... "Thank you so much to everyone who has taught me and supported me along the way." View the full article
  12. Helen Bailey murder: Fiance Ian Stewart found guilty 22 February 2017 From the section Beds, Herts & Bucks Image copyright SWNS Image caption Helen Bailey, pictured with her dog Boris, was a well-known blogger and children's author The fiance of a children's author who drugged and suffocated her before throwing her body in a hidden cesspit has been found guilty of murder. Ian Stewart, 56, had denied murdering Helen Bailey at their home in Royston, Hertfordshire, in order to get his hands on her near-£4m fortune. He was convicted at St Albans Crown Court following a seven-week trial. Police say they will look again at the death of Stewart's wife Diane in 2010 following the verdict. Mrs Stewart died after having an epileptic fit in the garden of the family home in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire. An inquest was held but police will now re-examine the case. Live: Reaction to Ian Stewart guilty verdict Image copyright SWNS Image caption Helen Bailey lived with Ian Stewart in Royston, Hertfordshire Described by police as "a narcissist" who was "cold" and "calculating", Stewart had "grossly deceived" 51-year-old Ms Bailey when they met online following the death of her husband in 2011. Prosecutors said he had played "the long game" in order to inherit Ms Bailey's fortune. He had been secretly giving her a sleeping drug zopiclone for weeks before he eventually smothered her with a pillow, a pathologist told the jury. Stewart was also found guilty of preventing a lawful burial, fraud and three counts of perverting the course of justice. View the full article
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  14. Hi I'm new to the forum. Just wondering if there's anyone out there that's applied to Nottinghamshire as PCSO?
  15. British suicide bomber dies in attack on Iraqi forces in Mosul 21 February 2017 From the section UK Image caption A picture of Fiddler was released by the so-called Islamic State group A British IS fighter who died in a suicide bomb attack on Iraqi forces in Mosul is a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, the BBC understands. The self-styled Islamic State group said two days ago that Abu-Zakariya al-Britani detonated a car bomb at an Iraqi army base in Tal Gaysum, south-west of Mosul. He is believed to have been originally known as Ronald Fiddler. Fiddler, 50 and from Manchester, was sent to Guantanamo Bay in 2002. Who are Britain’s jihadists? IS has now published a photograph of Fiddler, who was also known as Jamal al-Harith before taking the nom-du-guerre Abu-Zakariya al-Britani. He had been seized by US forces in Pakistan in 2001, before being sent to Guantanamo. US interrogators found he provided useful information to them about the Taliban's methods, and he was released after two years. UK fighters The BBC has seen IS registration papers signed by Fiddler in April 2014 when he crossed into Syria from Turkey. He volunteered to be a fighter, saying his knowledge of Islam was basic. His wife and five children went to Syria try to persuade him to come back, but failed and his wife said they ended up having to flee for their lives from IS territory. According to figures published by the UK government last year, about 850 people regarded as a national security concern have gone to become fighters in the Middle East. Of those, just under half have returned to the UK and approximately 15% are dead. A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "The UK has advised for some time against all travel to Syria, and against all travel to large parts of Iraq. "As all UK consular services are suspended in Syria and greatly limited in Iraq, it is extremely difficult to confirm the whereabouts and status of British nationals in these areas." View the full article
  16. Heterosexual couple lose civil partnership challenge 21 February 2017 From the section UK Media captionRebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan: "There's everything to fight for"A heterosexual couple have lost their Court of Appeal battle to have a civil partnership instead of a marriage. Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan, from London, challenged a ruling that said they did not meet the legal requirement of being the same sex. The judges said there was a potential breach of their human rights, but the government should have more time to decide the future of civil partnership. The couple said there was still "everything to fight for". They intend to appeal to the Supreme Court. A government spokesman said it welcomed the ruling and would take the judgement into account during its evaluation of civil partnerships. Why choose civil partnership over marriage? The BBC's legal affairs correspondent Clive Coleman said the couple had lost by the "narrowest of margins". Our correspondent said: "The government's 'wait and see' policy, which is based on looking at the take-up of same-sex civil partnerships, was found by Lady Justice Arden not to be not good enough to address the discrimination faced by heterosexual couples. "However, her fellow judges were prepared to let the government have a little more time and so the case was lost on that issue alone." 'Equality and choice' Image copyright Kate Stewart Kate Stewart and Matthew Cole, 46, decided to get a civil partnership in Gibraltar, a British Overseas Territory, in June 2016, after deciding marriage was not for them. "Matthew and I didn't feel that marriage reflected our relationship," said Dr Stewart, from Derby. "The institution [of marriage] is very much unequal depending on your religion. "We therefore felt it wasn't a status we were comfortable with because it still had hangovers of inequality from the past." Dr Stewart, 48, said although they believed marriage was right for some couples, it was about having the choice. They wanted recognition of their relationship after 10 years together, although their civil partnership is still not legally recognised in the UK. "We paid for the ceremony in pounds, we have a certificate, it was all very British, but as soon as we were back home we didn't have legal recognition," Dr Stewart said. "The declaration that we were both each other's partner was quite moving... we were on an equal footing. It was surprisingly touching." Ms Steinfeld, 35, and Mr Keidan, 40, want to secure legal recognition of their seven-year relationship but do not consider marriage suitable for them. The couple, who have a 20-month-old daughter, have said they want to formalise their relationship within a social institution "which is modern, which is symmetrical and that focuses on equality, which is exactly what a civil partnership is". "We lost on a technicality," Ms Steinfeld said. "So there's everything to fight for, and much in the ruling that gives us reason to be positive and keep going." Dan Squires, QC for the secretary of state for education, who has responsibility for equalities within government, said it had been decided at this stage not to extend civil partnerships to opposite-sex couples, or to either abolish or phase them out. Instead, he said the government planned to see how extending marriage to same-sex couples impacted on civil partnerships before making a final decision. All three judges agreed that the status quo could not continue indefinitely. 'Close the loophole' Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, who supported Ms Steinfeld and Mr Keidan in court, said the ruling was "a defeat for love and equality". "It cannot be right that lesbian and gay couples have two options, civil partnership and civil marriage; whereas opposite-sex partners have only one option, marriage," he said. Education campaigner and journalist Fiona Millar, who has been in a relationship with journalist Alastair Campbell for 35 years, told the court they had chosen not to get married "on principle". After the ruling, she said she was "one of thousands and thousands" of people in the UK who will be waiting for the government to "close the civil partnerships loophole by making them available to all". How do same-sex marriage and civil partnership compare? Image copyright Getty Images Equal legal treatment in matters including inheritance, tax, pensions and next-of-kin arrangements Rules for the dissolution of a civil partnership are the same as those for marriage, except that adultery cannot be used as evidence In a civil ceremony there is no requirement to exchange vows and while you can include readings, songs or music, there must be no religious component Partnership can be conducted in private, whereas marriage ceremonies must be public and can be conducted by clergy Marriage certificates include the names of only the fathers of the parties. Civil partnership certificates include the names of both parents Conservative MP Tim Loughton, who recently introduced a Private Member's Bill to give mixed-sex couples the right to a civil partnership, said the government had "no excuse" for delaying a change in the law as the bill received cross-party backing. MPs are due to debate the bill on 24 March. Lorely Burt, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for equalities, said the verdict was a "slap in the face" to mixed sex couples who want a civil partnership. Since the start of the campaign by Ms Steinfeld and Mr Keidan, more than 72,000 people have signed an online petition calling for civil partnerships to be open to all. The Same Sex Couples Marriage Act extended the right to marry to gay couples in England and Wales in 2014, allowing same-sex couples to choose between civil partnership and marriage. In 2013, there were 5,646 civil partnerships in England and Wales, but this fell by 85% in the following two years and in 2015, there were 861 couples who opted for civil partnerships over marriage. In July 2016, the Isle of Man became the only part of the British Isles where both gay and straight couples can enter civil partnerships. London couple Claire Beale, 49, and Martin Loat, 55, became the first UK couple to take advantage of the legislation in the British Crown Dependency last year, but their partnership is not legally recognised in the UK. Are you a heterosexual couple who would like to undertake a civil partnership? What do you think about the ruling against civil partnerships for heterosexual couples? Tell us your experiences by emailing haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk You can also contact us in the following ways: Tweet: @BBC_HaveYourSay Send pictures/video to yourpics@bbc.co.uk Upload your pictures/video here Text an SMS or MMS to 61124 (UK) or +44 7624 800 100 (international) Downsizing - 38884601 Or use the form below Your contact details Name (optional) Your E-mail address (required) Town & Country (optional) Your telephone number (optional) Comments (required) If you are happy to be contacted by a BBC journalist please leave a telephone number that we can contact you on. In some cases a selection of your comments will be published, displaying your name as you provide it and location, unless you state otherwise. Your contact details will never be published. When sending us pictures, video or eyewitness accounts at no time should you endanger yourself or others, take any unnecessary risks or infringe any laws. Please ensure you have read the terms and conditions. Terms and conditions View the full article
  17. Having worked with someone who used to work in a Force Vetting role at PSD (not ASP though), my knowledge is if it's organised or persistent crime and you live at the same address it's a flat no. If it's a one off and it's not you, and it's declared and explained (without an opinion, i.e. 'She didn't do it but was found guilty') they can assess it. Unfortunately if you failed because of it they cannot tell you why!
  18. Hospital cuts planned in most of England By Nick Triggle and Rachel Schraer BBC News 21 February 2017 From the section Health Plans have been put forward to cut hospital services in two-thirds of England, a BBC analysis shows. The proposals have been put forward by local NHS bosses as part of a national programme to transform the health service and save money. They include everything from full closures of hospitals to cutting some specialist services such as accident and emergency and stroke care. Ministers argue patients will receive better care in the community. But a review of the plans by the King's Fund think tank warned they were not always credible because there were not enough services outside of hospitals. It warned GPs, district nursing and council care services were already "feeling the strain" and could not currently cope with an increase in workload. And the King's Fund said further reductions in the number of hospital beds could de-stabilise services that were already "stretched to their limits" following the difficult winter. Sorry, your browser cannot display this content. Find out the NHS plans in your area Search by English county or city Search Need help finding out which region you are in? See the map at the foot of the page. In total, 44 local plans have been drawn up across England. The BBC has analysed each one and has indentified 28 that mention some form of cut to local hospitals. These include: Plans to reduce the number of hospital sites in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland from three to two Maternity and children's services being "centralised" on to one site in Lincolnshire A warning in West Yorkshire and Harrogate that having five hyper-acute stroke service may "no longer be viable" The downgrading of two out of three A&Es in Mid and South Essex, with only one retaining specialist emergency care In South West London, proposals to reduce the number of major hospitals from five to four Plans in Nottinghamshire to significantly downsize City Hospital and reduce the number of beds across Nottingham by 200 In Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, consideration being given to centralising specialised orthopaedic trauma services at two local hospitals The plans - known as sustainability and transformation plans - have been drawn up as part of NHS England's five-year strategy to release £22bn of efficiency savings by 2020. Reviews were set up in early 2016 and consultations on major changes will take place later this year with the hope implementation will follow soon after. But the King's Fund warned the changes could be subject to legal challenges. However, Prof Chris Ham, the think tank's chief executive, said they were still the "best hope of delivering essential reforms" in the NHS, as care needed to be moved out of hospital. This is seen as vital because the ageing population and growth in long-term conditions such as dementia and heart disease mean people are more likely to benefit from support in the community to stay well rather than inpatient hospital care when their health deteriorates. But Prof Ham said this could not be done without extra funding - and urged the government to find the money to invest in the services to enable transformation to happen. A £1.8bn pot set aside this year for funding transformation had already been swallowed up by deficits, figures released on Monday showed. "Local plans must be considered on their merits, but where a convincing case for change has been made, ministers and local politicians should back NHS leaders," Prof Ham said. A Department of Health spokesman said extra money was being invested in the NHS this Parliament. "These NHS plans - developed by local doctors, hospitals and councils working together with the communities they serve - will help patients get better care," he added. Read more from Nick Follow Nick on Twitter 1. Northumberland, Tyne and Wear 2. West, North and East Cumbria 3. Durham, Darlington, Tees, Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby 4. Lancashire and South Cumbria 5. West Yorkshire 6. Coast, Humber and Vale 7. Greater Manchester 8. Cheshire and Merseyside 9. South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw 10. Staffordshire 11. Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin 12. Derbyshire 13. Lincolnshire 14. Nottinghamshire 15. Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland 16. The Black Country 17. Birmingham and Solihull 18. Coventry and Warwickshire 19. Herefordshire and Worcestershire 20. Northamptonshire 21. Cambridgeshire and Peterborough 22. Norfolk and Waveney 23. Suffolk and North East Essex 24. Milton Keynes, Bedfordshire and Luton 25. Hertfordshire and West Essex 26. Mid and South Essex 27. North West London 28. North Central London 29. North East London 30. South East London 31. South West London 32. Kent and Medway 33. Sussex and East Surrey 34. Frimley Health 35. Surrey Heartlands 36. Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly 37. Devon 38. Somerset 39. Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire 40. Bath, Swindon and Wiltshire 41. Dorset 42. Hampshire and the Isle of Wight 43. Gloucestershire 44. Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West View the full article
  19. 'No reason to fear' Vauxhall job losses, Clark says 20 February 2017 From the section Business Image copyright PA Image caption Greg Clark answers MPs questions in Parliament The business secretary, Greg Clark, has told MPs that Vauxhall workers in Luton and Ellesmere Port have no reason to fear for their jobs. His assurance came as he answered questions about the possible takeover of General Motors' European operations, including Vauxhall, by the French PSA. PSA owns both Peugeot and Citroen and its interest in buying the GM businesses was announced last week. Mr Clark met the PSA board and French industry minister last Friday. Speaking in the Commons, the business secretary said his French counterpart, Christophe Sirugue, had told him it was important that all Opel's factories across Europe were treated fairly. "We have a very strong domestic market and Vauxhall has a large share of that - something PSA recognises," said Mr Clark. "One of the points the PSA executives made to me was that since the new management of PSA has been in place, they have taken some pride in having part of their strategy not to close plants," he added. Meanwhile, Germany's deputy economy minister, Matthias Machnig, said that GM and PSA were yet to give any binding guarantees on German jobs, but that there had been some encouraging signs. 'Beacon of success' Vauxhall employs abut 4,500 workers in the UK, making cars in Ellesmere Port and vans in Luton. Mr Clark sidestepped a question about whether any sweeteners were on offer to ensure that the PSA Group - if it takes over the loss-making GM businesses in Europe - will maintain manufacturing in the UK. Image copyright PA Image caption The Vauxhall Astra production line at Ellesmere Port in Cheshire However, he said the UK car industry was very competitive, had a flexible workforce, and was investing in technology. "The UK is a beacon of success in this, and other, industries," Mr Clark said. "From my initial conversations [with PSA and General Motors] I think it is understood that Vauxhall's plants are very efficient," he added. Asked by Labour MP Pat McFadden about the future of the UK's supply chain for the car industry, the minister hailed the UK's competitive car parts sector. "That makes it attractive to investors," he said. Mr Clark also told MPs that he had mentioned the importance of looking after current and former employees who are members of the Vauxhall pension scheme, which has a deficit of up to £1bn, according to the independent pension consultant John Ralfe. Prime Minister Theresa May plans to meet Carlos Tavares, the PSA chief executive, but a time and date has not yet been fixed. Two weeks ago GM reported a loss of $257m (£206m) during 2016 at its European operations. It was the 16th consecutive loss-making year for GM in Europe, and brought its accumulated losses on the continent since 2000 to more than $15bn. Last week GM revealed that a takeover of its European operations was among "numerous strategic initiatives" being considered. View the full article
  20. There are pretty much two certainties - that initially the grass IS always greener on the other side, and you probably noticed that when you left your prev job to join the police. Secondly, by default, once you ave settled into the new job (Whatever it may be), the grass becomes less green and you start to find reason for fault or discontent. It reads as if you had a desire to join the job and then found it wasn't what you wanted - doesn't that remind you of choosing a new car, wallpaper, pretty much anything that you absolutely craved and then found reason to decide it wasn't for you after all. Its a bold, brave and in my view, sensible and brave person who has the opportunity and chooses their work to match the life/work balance. By the sounds of it there is no loss financially. In local government you may find opportunities for development / promotion in the future. within reason its a fairly secure, financially sound and structured place to work. There are lots of saying along the lines of regretting what you didn't do is greater than the loss of not doing it etc. What's the worst that can happen? Stay and get locked into 35 years in the hope of a pension and being miserable, leaving and getting "locked" out of the police. Do a quick internet search of SWOT analysis and do it for this decision. PM if you want
  21. Council tax to rise while services cut, says LGA By James Gallagher Health and science reporter, BBC News website 20 February 2017 From the section UK Nearly every local authority in England is planning to raise council taxes this year but council leaders are warning services still face "deep cuts". The Local Government Association says funding care for increasing numbers of elderly people is forcing up bills. It says many councils are planning tax increases of up to 4.99% but that cuts to libraries, bin collections and other services will still be needed. The government insists it is giving more money to councils. Social care is a lifeline for people like Maureen Edwards, from Surrey, who said that after she had a fall everyday living was "difficult". She said: "They come in and they get me up in the mornings and they wash me and then they sort of bring me downstairs and I have my breakfast. "It's just like normal living now, I'm very grateful for all they've done for me." But such services are being put under strain by the ageing population and budget cuts. Councils are struggling to provide help, feed, wash or get people dressed in their own home or to pay for beds in a care home and the burden often falls on families. How can social care be funded? Who gets social care and who pays for it? Is social care getting more money? All councils in England can raise council tax by 1.99% in April without having a local referendum. The 151 social care authorities can increase bills by an extra 3% as long as that money goes on social care. The Local Government Association (LGA) says 147 of these have already agreed or are planning to raise the extra money. And three-quarters are set to introduce the maximum hike. However, the LGA says further cuts will still be needed as councils are being pushed "perilously close to the financial edge". Warwickshire County Council leader Izzi Seccombe told the BBC: "To continue it is really looking like we're cutting into the bones of services that matter to people. "It's not just social care. Things like roads, highways, bus services which are subsidised, libraries, access to leisure centres, waste services, children's services as well." Councils spent £16bn last year on services for elderly and disabled people after funding from central government was cut by a third, in real terms, during the last Parliament. Ms Seccombe said an extra £1.3bn was needed for social care in the next financial year alone. And while the council tax rises would raise about £600m, she said that would be swallowed up by paying current staff more when the National Living Wage comes into effect. Ms Seccombe added: "We need to put social care on a stable footing. "I'm worried about the impact on vulnerable people in our communities. "[And] I'm worried about what that means for carers who will be left picking up the pieces that local authorities will not be able to manage." Find out the cost of care in your area Enter a postcode, council name or N Ireland health board Submit search for results Home care What is home care? You stay in your own home while getting help with everyday tasks such as washing, dressing and eating. How your council helps with care EXPLAINER TITLE EXPLAINER P1 average amount of care provided per week, by your council average paid per hour by your council, 2014-15 average paid per hour in your region if you pay for your own care, 2016 Residential care What is residential care? You live in a care home that provides round-the-clock support with everyday tasks. How your council helps with care Average contribution per week Paying for yourself TBC pay for their own care Nursing home care What is nursing home care? You live in a care home which provides round-the-clock support for everyday tasks and nursing care. Depending on your medical needs, the NHS may contribute to your costs. How your council helps with care Average contribution per week Paying for yourself TBC pay for their own care Who gets help? How is your contribution decided? Your home Savings, investments and income are assessed, along with the value of your home - unless you or a close relative live there. Will I have anything left? Want to know more? Around the UK How the care system works across the UK The alternatives to care homes and home help Is it time for the NHS to do more? The future of care How England's cap on care costs will work Find out how the cap could affect you Useful links Age UK Independent Age NHS Choices care and support pages Care: The problem no-one can fix The alternative options How the care system works across the UK Last week charity Age UK warned that hundreds of thousands of vulnerable older people were left struggling to get by with little or no care because of cuts to care in England. Surrey County Council had toyed with raising council tax by 15% to help tackle the problem, but decided against asking local people to vote. Instead, as a social care authority, it is going for the maximum 4.99% increase. David McNulty, the council's chief executive, told the BBC: "We've saved over £450m from our annual running costs over the last six years. "We're on the way to try and save up to £700m, but we're struggling to balance next year's budget. "I think our services are at breaking point." Earlier this month, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, the MP for South West Surrey, said tackling social care problems was on the government's agenda. He said: "The prime minister has been very clear. We recognise the pressure's there. We recognise there is a problem about the sustainability of the social care system. "That has to be addressed and we are going to do that." A spokesman for the Department for Communities and Local Government said: "Whilst local authorities - like all public bodies - have had to find efficiency savings, our historic four-year funding settlement gives them the certainty they need to plan ahead with almost £200bn available to provide the services that local people want. "By the end of this parliament, councils will be able to keep 100% of local taxes. We've also announced an additional £900m for social care meaning councils will have £7.6bn of dedicated funding to spend over the four years." Follow James on Twitter. View the full article
  22. Danny2016, Are you still with your force? I am rather concerned to hear that you have been treated that way. I am hoping probationers are not treated like that generally. I am joining the MET POLICE this month. Are Action Plans like PIPS (Performance Improvement Plans) where you get dismissed if you don't pass it? I am guessing they can dismiss you for the slightest mistake as you are in your probation period. Hope things improve for you, Drew
  23. Kraft Heinz drops Unilever takeover bid 19 February 2017 From the section Business Kraft Heinz "amicably" agrees to withdraw plans to merge with Anglo-Dutch giant Unilever This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. If you want to receive Breaking News alerts via email, or on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App then details on how to do so are available on this help page. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts. View the full article
  24. The interviewer noted the "strong smell" of alcohol from the man in his late 40s. A thirsty motorist who turned up for an IT job with Greater Manchester Police ended up getting arrested and losing his licence. Andrew Jackson, 48, attended GMP Sedgely Park in Sedgely Park Road, Manchester, hoping to land an IT management position only to end up in court. Two senior GMP members of staff were holding the interviews and described the “overwhelming” smell of alcohol as soon as he opened his mouth. The interviewer said: “I asked if he had any trouble in finding us, as soon as he began to speak I could smell something on his breath which I was thought was stale alcohol. “He mentioned that he did have a little trouble in finding somewhere to park, which immediately raised concerns. “Shortly after he arrived in the small office, the smell of alcohol became overpowering. “I decided to continue with the interview, which lasted for about an hour, but throughout the whole time I was sure that the candidate smelt strongly of drink and was considering what to do next. “I didn’t want the man returning to his vehicle, given the obvious smell of alcohol. I couldn’t live with myself if there had been a collision and someone ended up seriously hurt.” A traffic officer was sent for who asked the interviewee if he had been drinking, to which the man said he and his wife had shared a bottle of wine with dinner the night before. The man was subsequently breathalysed showing him to be over the drink drive limit, he was then taken to Bury Police station where he was tested again to confirm the reading and charged with drink driving. On February 10, 2017, at Bury and Rochdale magistrates court Jackson pleaded guilty to being in control of a vehicle while over the legal drink driving limit. He was disqualified from driving for one year and fined £235. His driving ban will be reduced to seven months if he successfully completes a drink driving awareness course within a given time. Inspector Tony Allt, of GMP’s Roads Policing Unit, said: “Although the circumstances surrounding this particular incident are unusual, this case highlights the fact that there are a number of motorists who think they are fine to drive after drinking the night before. “There are a number of factors that can determine how alcohol is absorbed and processed in the body, but for the individual in this case to give a reading of 46 micrograms, remembering that the legal limit is 35, clearly shows that a significant amount of drink must have been consumed the previous evening. “If in doubt of your alcohol level, seek alternative travel arrangements. Never drive while over the limit and risk losing your licence, livelihood or possibly your or someone else’s life. Always make it none for the road.” View on Police Oracle
  25. Brexit: Mandelson urges Lords not to 'throw in towel' 19 February 2017 From the section UK Politics Image caption The peer said the public weren't aware of the terms of Brexit when they voted Former Labour minister Lord Mandelson has urged peers not to "throw in the towel" when they debate legislation paving the way for Brexit. He said the Lords should amend a bill to protect the rights of EU citizens to ensure a "meaningful" vote on the final deal before Britain leaves the EU. He urged fellow Labour peers to show "strength and clarity" over the issue. Conservative Justice Secretary Liz Truss said Brexit opponents were "fighting yesterday's battles". Blair: Public may rethink Brexit vote Voting data sheds light on referendum Mark D'Arcy: Lords and Brexit The House of Lords - in which the government does not have an in-built majority - will start considering proposed legislation to leave the EU on Monday. But the former Labour cabinet minister, EU Trade commissioner and Remain campaigner said the "verbal guarantees" the government were offering EU citizens in the UK were insufficient. Lord Mandelson told the Andrew Marr programme that the Lords should "reinstate" the protections into the bill in the coming weeks. "The government used its majority to bulldoze the legislation through the House of Commons," he said. "I hope it won't be so successful in the House of Lords," he said. "At the end of the day the House of Commons, as the elected chamber, will prevail but I hope the House of Lords will not throw in the towel early." 'Irrevocable process' But Ms Truss said leaving the EU was the "settled will" of the British people and the House of Lords needed to "get on" with the process. She told Andrew Marr that once the UK formally notified the EU of its intention to leave by triggering Article 50, she believed the process was "irrevocable". Image caption The justice secretary said the public and the Commons had spoken Earlier this month, MPs overwhelmingly backed a bill to empower Theresa May to begin the Brexit process. The PM wants to do this by the end of March but needs the approval of both Houses of Parliament first. MPs rejected calls for the status of EU citizens living in the UK and a parliamentary vote on the final terms of exit to be explicitly guaranteed in the bill - although ministers have conceded the Commons will have its say and it fully expects citizens of other EU countries to be able to stay in the UK after Brexit pending negotiations. Lord Mandelson also said some Leave voters who were having second thoughts at the government's "Brexit at all costs strategy" needed to have their voice heard. 'New reality' But Ms Truss said Lord Mandelson was speaking as if the referendum "never happened". She told Andrew Marr that the House of Commons had "conclusively" voted to trigger Article 50, with the majority of Labour MPs backing the government. "The fact is it is a simple bill on whether we trigger Article 50," she said. "The British people have voted for that and was clear in the referendum. "The House of Lords now needs to get on with it. I fully expect the House of Lords will recognise the will of the people and the House of Commons." Although she voted to remain in the EU last year, Ms Truss said there was now a "new reality" and if a similar vote was held in the future, she would vote to leave. Tory backbencher Dominic Raab warned the Lords would face a backlash if it tried to hold up the Brexit process. "Voters will not look kindly on unelected politicians seeking to obstruct both the result of the referendum, and the vote of their elected representatives in the House of Commons earlier this month," he said. View the full article
  26. Prison officers in 31 jails set for pay rises of up to £5,000 19 February 2017 From the section UK Image copyright PA Prison officers at 31 jails in London and south-east England are in line for pay rises of up to £5,000, under a £12m package announced by the government. The increase means new starters could receive up to £29,500 a year. Ministers said they wanted to attract the "best talent". Prisons with recruitment issues are being targeted. Jails have been hit by staff strikes and rising violence in recent months. A union welcomed the rise but said ministers were "papering over cracks". The Prison Officers Association (POA) added that the government was dealing with "crisis management on a daily basis". The pay increase applies to "band 3" staff, who make up the majority of front-line officers. Falling numbers Prisons in London and the south-east, including Wormwood Scrubs, Pentonville, Belmarsh and Whitemoor, were chosen as they find it harder to recruit. Click to see content: prison_staff_fall The Ministry of Justice said "thousands" of employees would benefit. The £12m package is an attempt to boost falling prison officer numbers. On Thursday, it was revealed that, in 2016, the number of front-line staff in England and Wales fell by 347 (1.9%) to 17,888. The leaving rate was almost 9% - almost double the level of four years earlier. 'Deathly silence' Steve Gillan, the general secretary of the POA, said it had been told about the increase on Tuesday, and that "not a lot of thought" had gone into the rise. "We welcome any new money," he said, "but we're a national service and this only applies to 31 prisons [out of more than 100 in England and Wales]. "It doesn't apply to the operational support grades, so the lowest-paid people in the service are getting nothing. "We pointed that out and there was a deathly silence." Mr Gillan also said that pay was not the only concern of his members. "The violence in prisons is out of control," he said. "The prisoners are in control, not the staff." Click to see content: assaults_vs_officers In November a government White Paper announced an extra 2,500 prison officers would be in place by the end of 2018. That was on top of an extra 400 officers, to be in place by March this year. 'Challenging job' The Ministry of Justice said it was "on track" to meet that target, with 389 job offers made to new recruits. Justice Secretary Liz Truss said: "Prison officers do a challenging and demanding job day in and day out. "I want front-line staff to know that their work, experience and loyal service is valued. "We also want to attract the best new talent into the service, ensuring we recruit and retain the leaders of the future." The 31 prisons affected are: Aylesbury, Bedford, Bullingdon, Coldingley, Cookham Wood, Downview, Elmley, Feltham, Grendon, High Down, Highpoint, Huntercombe, Medway, Send, Stanford Hill, Swaleside, The Mount, Woodhill, Brixton, Belmarsh, Isis, Pentonville, Rochester, Wandsworth, Wormwood Scrubs, Erlestoke, Lewes, Whitemoor, Chelmsford, Guys Marsh and Littlehey. View the full article
  27. After 8 years in the police force I decided to apply for another job with the local council and I have been offered the position.It will mean the same pay, 11 mins from home and not the 1 hour commute each way, permanent position and 60/40 office based. The reason I applied was to re address my work and home life balance having an 8 week and 3 year old sons. I now have the dilemma of leaving the police service and is the grass always greener on the other side? I'm struggling with postives at this time to remain in the career that I wanted so badly!! The plan when I started was to go on cid but after seeing them in action or lack of it just waiting for all enquires to be done and just being a glorified interviewer it doesn't appeal to me. Perhaps this is just my force. I have thought of other areas to work in the force and nothing seems that appealing and some are almost impossible to get into. What's peoples advice am I mad to be considering leaving??
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