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October 2022

In this edition: Student mental health • Housing property and business interruption cover considerations • The psychology of decision-making • Take control of insurance costs • The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022 • Member profile • Spotlight on sustainability • ALARM launches new sector group • Expert profile • The evolving workplace - home and away • Supply chain reaction • Turning up the heat • Sustainability and change management • Top tips on managing forest schools • Wind turbine insurance cover.   

Adding sustainability strengthens organisations
July 2022

In this edition: Sustainability, risk and resilience • Top tips on managing current cyber threats • The foundations of incident response • Member profile • False optimism • The Great Convergence • Claims and enforcement • Creative funding for councils • Top tips on managing buildings during unoccupancy or reduced occupancy • Progress on high-rise fire safety • Expert profile • 2022 update on councilk risks and responsibilities • In person • First steps to excellence.   

Horizon scanning
May 2022

In this edition: Market movements • Member profile • Electrical fire risks and thermography • The Online Safety Bill - a duty of care for the virtual world? • President's charity 2022 • ALARM launches new sector group • Hyper connectivity and human behaviour • Horizon scanning • Keeping adults safe • Top tips on invasive species • Spotlight on Shetland • Expert profile • Risks of modern methods of construction • What is ESG and why does it matter?

The resilience web
February 2022

In this edition: Resilience web • Do firefighters have to fight cancer risk too? • Top tips on the reinsurance market • Member profile • Spotting and preventing fraud threats • The Defective Premises Act 1972 - a route through the maze • Healthcare risks in a pandemic • Expert profile • ALARM business plan 2022-23 • DoL and looked after children • Surface water drainage system failures • A workplace that works for everyone • Risk appetite at the British Transport Police.

Money, money, money
October 2021

In this edition: Commercialisation under stewardship • Fighting fire with fines • Expert profile • Sounding a siren • Building with Brexit • Schools as safe havens • Asbestos legacy in schools • Member profile • Switching on renewable energy • Action on rent arrears • Reflecting the real cost of public sector fraud • Expert profile • Electric road vehicles - balancing risk and reward.

Add food waste to the risk menu
July 2021

In this edition: Council commercial property investment concerns • Multi-occupancy fire safety • Superpowers at work • Confidential information and subject access disclosure • Contents insurance comfort • Changes at the top • Join the dots with bots • Member profile • Feeling safer with street lighting • Add food waste to the risk menu • Emergency services' duties of care • Expert profile • The right path to procuring insurance • Coming up for air • Living with Ash Dieback • Balcony fire safety.

Unleash your superpowers
April 2021

In this edition: Transport for Wales' journey • Unleash your superpowers • Sustainability in a built environment • Social care and COVID-19 • The Redress for Survivors (Historical Child Abuse in Care) (Scotland) Act 2021 - direction of travel • Behind the scenes at ALARM - Mandy Knowlton-Rayner • Member profile • Framing enterprise risk management • Defend cyber attacks • Waste management risks • Expert profile • Top tips on responding to information requests • Local government re-organisation in England • Electric shock claims.

Future ready people
February 2021

In this edition: Mergers - the shape of social housing • Impacts of the Fire Safety Bill 2019-21 • LEAs not accountable for all maintained schools' financial decisions • Behind the scenes at ALARM - Keith Southwell • Member profile • Transforming risk culture • Reputation - changing perceptions • Living with water • Top tips on housing disrepair claims • Investigating white goods' fire • Future ready people • First steps to employee wellbeing • On the case: What happens in a taxi should stay in a taxi; 'Credible suggestion' of breach requires Article 2 inquest; Rural footpaths and dangerous defects.

October 2020

In this edition: The service of first and last resort • COVID-19 and cyber crime • Organisational learning in an emergency • What's the value of a valuation? • Managing employee fatigue and shift patterns • Pitch perfect • Compliant inspections • The rigours of RIDDOR for care providers • Conversations about COVID-19 learnings • Top tips on housing disrepair and claims during COVID-19 • Transforming risk culture in Africa • Member profile • Flood proofing for the future • Twelve months in risk management • Photovoltaic solar systems fires • On the case: Engaging Article 2; Breaches of humans rights; Duty to protect adult service users; Council right to refuse disclosure of information.

August 2020

In this edition: Workplace wellbeing or people risk management? • Wellbeing strategies and business continuity • Out with 9 to 5, in with 24/7 • Women at the top • Resilient thinking • Shining a blue light on property claims • Facing the frontline • In harm's way • Responding to COVID-19 a doctor's diary • Why litigate when you can mediate? • Get tender ready • A new era of classroom claims • COVID-19 and 'failure to educate' • On the case; Occupiers’ liability – defective premises – landlords’ duties; Police – negligence – personal injury.

A perfect storm
Spring 2020

In this edition: ALARM goes green • Climate emergency and action urgency • The rising risks of flooding • Top tips on storm claims • Building climate change resilience • Turning the tide on tenancies Future homes now • Exit strategies • Definitive guideline guidance • Air pollution exposure claims • Rounding up the facts on glysophate • On the case: Data cookies and damages without harm; Human rights and facial recognition; Damages for detention; Data protection and vicarious liability • Go Monte Carlo! • Behaviour and biases • Cryptocurrency unencrypted • Cyber attack aftermath. 

Leading from the front
Winter 2019

In this edition: The future is now • The roaring twenties • Firefighting training, reporting and risk reduction • Step into commercial shoes • Commercial property concerns • Housing freedoms Cuckooing and county lines crossover • Rent regulation for all • What's around the corner? • Insuring thoroughly modern homes • Rounding up the facts on glysophate • On the case: When is a path a highway?; Subject access request - exemptions prove futile; A frolic of his own?; Council responsible when pupil injures teacher • Leading from the front • Educate, empower, protect • I should be so lucky • The changing face of terrorism. 

Risk rollercoaster
Autumn 2019

In this edition: Filling in the gaps • Challenge Wales! • Protecting emergency drivers from prosecution • It always rains in Manchester • The Hinckley Road explosion The matrix reloaded • Behaviour-led risk management • Getting over the line • On the case: What constitutes 'use of the vehicle' for motor insurance claims?; Pleading fundamental dishonesty early and making an application to strike out; Challenges to school and supervision of activities; The risks of vandalised signage • Reporting risk upwards • Make sense of MoRiLE • Create a cyber citadel • Key risks in IDAs • Robots and risk - what could possibly go wrong?

Climate change action
Summer 2019

In this edition: Changing attitude and actions • Building flood claim defences • Highway hell? • The race to electric vehicles • Managing weather risks • Higher education compensation claims It's data - but not as we know it! • Fire safety sparks transformation • The highways' horizon • On the case: Man liable for tweet he did not write; A duty to inspect under the Defective Premises Act?; Defence drowned out by lack of noise survey; A measured approach to highway claims • Heritage building fire warning • Construction choices • Prosecuting the prosecutors.

Social care time bomb
Spring 2019

In this edition: The ticking time bomb • Lessons from the frontline • Artificial intelligence unleashed • Risk register 2025 • Top tips on tackling fires • Top tips on commercialisation • Top tips on claims under the Human Rights Act • Content customers equal community cohesion • A perfect storm for social housing • Holding charities to account • On the case: Police 999 call duty of care; NHS duty of care; Is every slip an error?; Psychiatric harm forseeability • Home from home • IICSA update.

The future is now
Winter 2018

In this edition: Put best practice into procurement • Police detention - mental health • Shining a blue light on big data and data science • Making technology work for us • Insurance collaboration and alternative risk financing • Local authority 2028 Acting smart with energy • Don't dispair over housing disrepair • Taking the law into their own hands • Drive into the future • On the case: Re-examine tree inspection regimes; Extension to vicarious liability; Not employed, so no vicarious liability; A step in the right direction for negligence • Re-lighting fires • Drones on standby • Drones to the rescue • Top tips on housing claims part two • Top tips on commercialisation part one • Personal resilience in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. 

Housing in the headlines
Winter 2018

In this housing edition: Housing regulator's state of the nation • Insight into customer risk • A knotty problem • What are the risks of using MMC? • Is MMC a long-term solution to the housing crisis? • The urge to merge • GDPR - from mapping to sharing.

Leading through crisis
Autumn 2018

In this edition: No surprises • Be a confident communicator • Ben Smith • Conference collection • False optimism • Housing - state of the nation • Leading through crisis • The impact of the Policing and Crime Act 2017 • Ask the expert - blockchain technology • Monopoly property purchases endanger councils • Top tips on housing claims • Top tips on the Equality Act 2010 • Emergency services' response • On the case • Member profile.   

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