Headlines: May 22nd, 2003

Outstanding performance in public service has been recognized by awards. Christine Golden, a Recovery Officer at the Inland Revenue has been named Outstanding Public Servant of the Year. She was selected from 300 nominees for her pioneering approach, commitment and determination in saving over two million pounds in interest payments. She persuaded large employers to pay their Tax and National Insurance Contributions on time by encouraging directors to change their late payment culture.The Public Servant of the Year Awards is an annual event to recognise the achievements of people working in public industries. This covers both central and local government including those in Education, Health, Housing and Uniformed Services. The awards are organised by Public Finance magazine in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, the Cabinet Office and the Office of Government Commerce.

Emma Brandon, a psychiatric charge nurse in Norwich, has been awarded the title of Britain’s “best boss”. She introduced a flexible working hours system which cut sick absences by half. The award was given by the charity Parents at Work and supported by Lloyds TSB Bank. Its purpose is to recognize employers and managers who take practical steps to balance work and home lives.