Traffic Commissioners’ Guidelines — a synopsis

18 January 2012

In December 2011, the Acting Senior Traffic Commissioner, Beverley Bell, issued 10 Guidelines, providing information as to the way she believes that Commissioners should interpret the law. In this article, Michael Jewell summarises the salient points in each of the Guidelines.

Can anyone guarantee a home for life?

18 January 2012

A term recently adopted by the care home industry is “a home for life”, an expression that encapsulates with directness, style and economy exactly what the best care regimes aspire to for their customers. Whether a residential home, a nursing home, a sheltered or very sheltered housing unit, or a domiciliary care agency supporting people in their own residences, everyone seems eager to offer their customers a settled location on that they can depend “for life”. But, wonders Jef Smith, how true can these claims be?

Can anyone guarantee a home for life?

18 January 2012

A term recently adopted by the care home industry is “a home for life”, an expression that encapsulates with directness, style and economy exactly what the best care regimes aspire to for their customers. Whether a residential home, a nursing home, a sheltered or very sheltered housing unit, or a domiciliary care agency supporting people in their own residences, everyone seems eager to offer their customers a settled location on that they can depend “for life”. But, wonders Jef Smith, how true can these claims be?

Implementing classification changes

18 January 2012

In this article Desmond Waight and Phil Todd discuss some of the issues concerning when a change of classification is made. Note however, that this article is not concerned with the change from a classification under the older DSD/DPD system of classification to that under the CLP system.

Beyond greenwashing

17 January 2012

Protecting the environment is now central to all organisations’ activities as they expand their CSR. But is greenwashing now a thing of the past? Dave Howell reports.

EU crisis: who's in charge?

17 January 2012

It appears that any solution to the Europe’s current problems will require decisive, overall leadership. However, it is hard to see any individuals or bodies able to provide such leadership in an EU that is hamstrung by its origins, traditions and structure, writes Paul Clarke.

Future of EU Customs Union

17 January 2012

At the beginning of the 21st century, customs worldwide were, in the European Commission's opinion, facing a rapidly changing environment including evolving production and consumption patterns, increasing international trade, global threats such as terrorism, organised crime and environmental degradation and growing hazards from trade in dangerous goods. The Commission's response was to launch an ambitious reform programme. Paul Clarke reports.

Top 60 survey: Size dictates growth

13 January 2012

Income rose at the top 60 firms but margins and partner fee ratios were under pressure as clients reduced their spend, reports Liz Fisher