Archives for December 20th, 2007

CONSUMER GROUP SAYS COUNCILS REJECT TOO MANY CHALLENGES TO PARKING FINES

Headlines, PublicNet: 20 December, 2007

Some local councils are accused today of rejecting too many challenges to the parking fines they impose. An article in the January 2008 issue of ‘Which?’ magazine says, though, that the number of fines overturned at the appeal stage, which is often uncontested by the authority, means it is worth drivers persevering if their initial challenge is turned down.

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‘MORE INVITING’ FIRE STATIONS COULD HELP CUT DEATHS

Headlines, PublicNet: 20 December, 2007

New-style fire stations which are more open and inviting, as well as environmentally friendly, can play a part in driving down the number of deaths in fires, according to new guidance on how the buildings are designed. The Fire Minister, Parmjit Dhanda, said engagement with the public was a vital part of continuing to cut the number of fatalities.

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TECHNOLOGY AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF SOCIAL PROTECTION

Book News, PublicNet: 20 December, 2007

This report from Kable says that the existing system is struggling to deliver complex programmes of benefits and care and that the situation is made more difficult by the diversity of providers.

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