Archive for the ‘Gov – UK’ Category

Research project on the impact of anti-dumping investigations on UK business: final report

August 17, 2012 Comments off

Research project on the impact of anti-dumping investigations on UK business: final report (PDF)

Source:  Department for Business Innovation & Skills

Report for BIS that analyses the impact of anti-dumping investigations and procedures on UK business. Based on a survey of UK companies. See also URN 12/1021AN for a graphical representations of the data collected in the report.

World Cities Culture Report 2012

August 2, 2012 Comments off

World Cities Culture Report 2012 (PDF)
Source: Mayor of London (UK)

The Mayor of London’s World Cities Culture Report 2012 is the biggest international survey of its kind. It has collected an unprecedented amount of data on the scope and impact of the cultural assets and activities that are produced and consumed in 12 major cities:
New York
São Paulo
Using 60 indicators and reports from each of the participating cities, the World Cities Culture Report 2012 shows that culture is seen as important as finance and trade and sits at the heart of public policy.

UK — The fourth work-life balance employee survey

July 18, 2012 Comments off

The fourth work-life balance employee survey (PDF)
Source: Department for Business Innovation & Skills

Provides findings on the fourth work-life balance employees’ survey conducted in early 2011. It benchmarks key policy changes since the 2006 survey (URN 07/714X), including the Work and Families Act 2006, that is the extension of the ‘right to request’ flexible working to parents of children under the age of 17 (2009) and to co-resident carers (2007).

UK — Securing the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games

July 17, 2012 Comments off

Securing the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games

Source: Home Office

The Home Office is responsible for ensuring the 2012 Olympic Games is safe and secure. Find out about our plans for Olympic security and other work to make the Games a success.

Reach for the skies: a strategic vision for UK aerospace

July 12, 2012 Comments off

Reach for the skies: a strategic vision for UK aerospace (PDF)
Source: Department for Business Innovation & Skills

A joint report from industry and government identifying the huge opportunity for growth in the UK aerospace sector, and the threat of increasing competition from established and developing nations.

UK — Open Data White Paper: Unleashing the Potential

July 6, 2012 Comments off

Open Data White Paper: Unleashing the Potential
Source: Cabinet Office

Today we publish our Open Data command paper, which sets out how we’re putting data and transparency at the heart of government and public services.

We’re making it easier to access public data; easier for data publishers to release data in standardised, open formats; and engraining a ‘presumption to publish’ unless specific reasons (such as privacy or national security) can be clearly articulated.

From the Prime Minister down, central Government is committed to making Open Data an effective engine of economic growth, social wellbeing, political accountability and public service improvement.

The equality strategy – building a fairer Britain: progress report

June 7, 2012 Comments off

The equality strategy – building a fairer Britain: progress report
Source: Home Office

The equality strategy sets out the government’s vision for a strong, modern and fair Britain. It is built on two principles of equality – equal treatment and equal opportunity. This means building a society where no one is held back because of who they are, or where they come from.

This progress report describes how the government’s new approach to equality, which is based on transparency, local accountability and reducing bureaucracy, is beginning to make a difference across the five key priority areas outlined in the equality strategy.

UK — The Drug Data Warehouse: Linking data on drug misusers and drug-misusing offenders

May 30, 2012 Comments off
Source:  Home Office
Home Office Research Report 63 introduces the Drug Data Warehouse, a newly created database that anonymously links a range of drug treatment and criminal justice datasets on drug misusers. It provides a unique overview of drug misusers’ activity across the Criminal Justice System and drug treatment in a way which has not been done before. The Drug Data Warehouse is a resource to aid understanding of the complexity of drug misusers’ contact with services in turn informing their effective management.
The report also presents findings from initial, descriptive analysis on levels of drug use of different groups of individuals within the Drug Data Warehouse as well as the different treatment and criminal justice groups which individuals have contact with.

UK — Call to End Violence Against Women and Girls

April 30, 2012 Comments off
Source:  Home Office
There were over 1 million female victims of domestic abuse in England and Wales in the last year. Over 300,000 women are sexually assaulted and 60,000 women are raped each year. Overall in the UK, more than one in four women will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime, often with years of psychological abuse, Worldwide violence against women and girls can be a problem of pandemic proportions. This is unacceptable.
The vast majority of these violent acts are perpetrated by men on women. In 2009/10, women were the victim of over seven out of ten (73%) incidents of domestic violence. More than one third (36%) of all rapes recorded by the police are committed against children under 16 years of age. This is unacceptable.
Internationally, findings in a number of developing countries suggest that violence against women and girls is significant and is often endemic. Between 40% and 60% of women surveyed in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Peru, Samoa, Thailand and Tanzania said that they had been physically and/ or sexually abused by their close partners. This is unacceptable.

UK — Human Trafficking: The Government’s Strategy

April 19, 2012 Comments off
Human trafficking destroys lives and its effects damage communities. The transport and exploitation of vulnerable men, women and children by predatory organised criminal groups is something that no civilised country should tolerate. We need to do more to stop this horrific crime.
The UK has a good record in tackling human trafficking. That is something we must build on. Our new strategy for tackling human trafficking has four key aims: international action to stop trafficking happening in the first place; a stronger border at home to stop victims being brought into the UK; tougher law enforcement action to tackle the criminal gangs that orchestrate the crime; and improved identification and care for the victims of trafficking.
Human trafficking is a truly international crime, with potential victims identified from over 80 different countries to date. We are determined to work more closely with our international partners in transit and source countries to stop this terrible crime. By applying to opt in to the EU Directive on human trafficking, we have demonstrated our commitment to working with other countries in Europe to drive up standards across the continent in tackling trafficking. This is particularly important as we head towards the Olympics and Paralympics in 2012. Monitoring intelligence will help us to respond quickly and appropriately to any potential increased risk of trafficking.
After being taken from a source country and transiting third countries, victims of trafficking must then cross the UK border. For too long our response at the border has not been well enough informed or coordinated. Fulfilling a key pledge in the Programme for Government, in June I announced that we would establish a new National Crime Agency (NCA) containing a dedicated Border Policing Command to strengthen our borders and help prevent human trafficking and other serious crimes.
A further aspect of preventing trafficking is to take tough action against the organised criminals who run the abhorrent trade in human beings. Again, the NCA will have a key role by using its enhanced intelligence capabilities and its coordination and tasking functions to target the organised criminal groups involved in human trafficking.
As well as increasing prevention, we are also committed to further improving the level of support for victims. Victims of trafficking have been deceived and exploited. They will undoubtedly be frightened and vulnerable. We must therefore do all we can to support them as they try to rebuild their lives. Recognising the importance of this area, we have protected the level of funding at £2 million per year for the next two years, even at a time when savings have to be made across Government.
The National Referral Mechanism provides a way for all agencies such as the police, the UK Border Agency, local authorities and Non-Governmental Organisations to cooperate, share information about potential victims, identify those victims and facilitate their access to advice, accommodation and support. We are making the National Referral Mechanism more accessible and I am delighted that the NSPCC and Barnardo’s have recently joined and are now able to help child victims of trafficking to get the help they need.
The Government’s commitment to tackling human trafficking is clear and unequivocal. Our strategy will give a renewed focus on prevention overseas, a stronger border at home, tougher action on the perpetrators and better identification and care for the victims. These measures will make a real difference to the lives of those at risk of human trafficking.

UK — Individual Disengagement from Al Qa’ida-Influenced Terrorist Groups: A Rapid Evidence Assessment to Inform Policy and Practice in Preventing Terrorism

April 12, 2012 Comments off
Source:  Home Office (Office for Security and Counterterrorism)
The project looks at why and how individuals stop being violent and what can we learn from other areas that has relevance for Prevent, including whether there are intervention practices we can learn from.

UK — Participation rates in higher education: academic years 2006/2007 – 2010/2011 (provisional)

April 2, 2012 Comments off

Participation rates in higher education: academic years 2006/2007 – 2010/2011 (provisional) (PDF)
Source: Department for Business Innovation & Skills

Statistical first release that provides the latest provisional initial participation rates for 17-30 year old English domiciled first-time participants at UK higher education Institutions, English, Welsh and Scottish further education Colleges. Published alongside a historical time series, and includes a brief explanation of the trends.

UK trade performance across markets and sectors

March 15, 2012 Comments off

UK trade performance across markets and sectors (PDF)
Source: Department for Business Innovation & Skills

Overview of UK trade, how it has grown in recent years, and in which markets and sectors the UK has the strongest market share. Analyses trade patterns, considers how UK performance compares to key competitor countries and looks at increasing competition from South-South trade. Assesses why certain patterns emerge, and where UK performance could be improved. Also looks at the shape of future global demand, and where to reap the greatest benefits from trade growth.

UK — Tents banned from Olympic sites

February 13, 2012 Comments off

Tents banned from Olympic sites
Source: Home Office

Tents and camping equipment will be banned from Olympic venues Home Secretary Theresa May announced today.

Speaking at a conference on Olympic security and safety, Home Secretary Theresa May said the plans would prevent encampment protests similar to those seen in recent months in the capital.

The Home Secretary said strict security and screening measures would stop camping equipment being brought into Olympic venues and that police would act swiftly to deal with anyone who tried to flout the ban.

She said: ‘Our aim is to deliver a safe and secure London 2012 Games, that upholds Olympic values and the Olympic ethos.

‘That means we need a security approach that is robust but seemless; visible but not intrusive; tough but intelligent. And that is what we will deliver.’

+ Home Secretary RUSI olympic security conference speech

UK — Tackling Fraud and Error in Government: A Report of the Fraud, Error and Debt Taskforce

February 10, 2012 Comments off

Tackling Fraud and Error in Government: A Report of the Fraud, Error and Debt Taskforce
Source: Cabinet Office

This report sets out an ambitious but focused delivery programme that seeks to reduce levels of fraud and error across Government. We must continue to work together to support the national fraud strategy ‘Fighting Fraud Together’, and demonstrate the significant financial benefits that can be made in reducing the harm of fraud and error in the public sector. The Fraud, Error and Debt Taskforce will continue to drive forward this activity over the next few years, helping to facilitate collaborative working between central and local government, and the public, private and civil sector in order to enhance our approach.

+ Full Report (PDF)

UK — Guidance for tour operators: disruption of package holidays by unusual and unforeseeable circumstances

February 9, 2012 Comments off

Guidance for tour operators: disruption of package holidays by unusual and unforeseeable circumstances (PDF)
Source: Department for Business Innovation & Skills

Advice for tour operators that applies to package travel and holidays which fall within the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992. Summarises the Government’s views on how to apply these Regulations when unusual and unforeseeable circumstances, such as the volcanic eruption in Iceland, occur and disrupt the package.

UK — Tracking international graduate outcomes 2011

January 30, 2012 Comments off

Tracking international graduate outcomes 2011 (PDF)
Source: Department for Business Innovation & Skills

Report of a study of international graduate outcomes commissioned by BIS. Aims to establish the circumstances and destinations of non-EU international graduates after they leave UK higher education, comparing those who graduated six months ago to those who graduated two and a half years ago. Also examines the reflections of international graduates on their UK study, and assesses the feasibility of including international graduates in future ‘Destinations of leavers from higher education’ surveys.

UK — Safeguarding Children Who May Have Been Trafficked

January 25, 2012 Comments off

Safeguarding Children Who May Have Been Trafficked (PDF)
Source: Department for Education

1.1 Child trafficking is a very serious issue which can have a devastating and lasting impact on its victims. Children can be trafficked into, within and out of the UK. The Government is absolutely committed to tackling this issue and in July 2011 published a new Human Trafficking Strategy for the UK which sets out the steps it will take together with the action needed and responsibilities of a whole range of partners who also have roles to play.

1.2 The Government’s ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on Action Against the Trafficking in Human Beings on 17 December 2008 was a major step in enhancing the UK’s commitment and capability to combat human trafficking. The Government aims to continue to build on this and has applied to opt in to the EU Directive on Human Trafficking and work with other countries in Europe and internationally to drive up standards in tackling trafficking. It will also work to prevent and reduce human trafficking to the UK and to ensure trafficking victims receive the help and support they need.

1.3 This non-statutory good practice guidance is for agencies in England which are likely to encounter, or have referred to them, children and young people who may have been trafficked. It is intended to help agencies safeguard and promote the welfare of children who may have been trafficked. It is supplementary to, and should be used in conjunction with, the Government’s statutory guidance, Working Together to Safeguard Children (2010). All local procedures developed to safeguard trafficked children should be consistent with Working Together to Safeguard Children.

See also: Human Trafficking: The Government’s Strategy (PDF; Home Office)

Perceptions of Crime, Engagement with the Police, Authorities Dealing with Anti-Social Behaviour and Community Payback: Findings From the 2010/11 British Crime Survey, Supplementary Volume 1 to Crime in England and Wales 2010/11

January 18, 2012 Comments off

Perceptions of Crime, Engagement with the Police, Authorities Dealing with Anti-Social Behaviour and Community Payback: Findings From the 2010/11 British Crime Survey, Supplementary Volume 1 to Crime in England and Wales 2010/11 (PDF)
Source: Home Office

This bulletin is the first in a series of supplementary volumes that accompany the main annual Home Office Statistical Bulletin, ‘Crime in England and Wales 2010/11’ (Chaplin et al., 2011). These supplementary volumes report on additional analysis not included in the main annual publication.

Figures included in this bulletin are from the British Crime Survey (BCS), a large, nationally representative, face-to-face victimisation survey in which people resident in households in England and Wales are asked about their experiences of crime in the 12 months prior to interview.

Since 2001/02 the BCS has run continuously with interviewing being carried out throughout the year. Until recently the BCS did not cover crimes against those aged under 16, but since January 2009 interviews have been carried out with children aged 10 to 15. BCS respondents are also asked about their attitudes towards different crime-related issues such as the police and criminal justice system, and about their perceptions of crime and anti-social behaviour. BCS figures in the main body of this report are limited to adults aged over 16 as in previous years, but experimental statistics for children are shown separately in Chapter 1. This bulletin presents findings from additional analyses based on the 2010/11 BCS on people’s contact and engagement with the police, their views of how the authorities in the local area are dealing with anti-social behaviour, their awareness and perceptions of Community Payback and their perceptions of crime.

UK — Delivering results: national minimum wage compliance report for 2010/11

January 5, 2012 Comments off
Source:  Department for Business Innovation and Skills

Annual report on the national minimum wage written in conjunction with HM Revenue and Customs for 2010/11.


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