MIL-OSI UK: News story: UKAEA appoints new Chief Financial Officer

Source: UK Government

Antonia Jenkinson trained at Accenture before starting her career in corporate finance at Apax Partners where she advised companies and management teams on their equity & debt fundraisings, acquisitions and divestments. Antonia went ‘in-house’ in 2008 as Chief Financial Officer at the Wyevale retail group with £270m of sales across 130 sites and 5,000 employees. Antonia moved back into the technology sector when she joined the Satellite Applications Catapult and helped grow the business from a start-up to the established space innovation business it is today.
Over the last year, Antonia has been CFO of Roc Technologies Ltd, one of the UK’s fastest growing IT transformation services providers, serving both the public and private sectors, particularly in defence and secure industries. She recently completed the acquisition of Esteem Systems Ltd, bringing the group to total revenues of £80m and 350 employees.
Alongside her executive roles, Antonia has been a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committees of Garden Centre Property Development Trading plc, Ocean Safety Ltd and currently Vysiion Limited. She won the Sunday Times NED Award for a private equity backed business in 2015. Antonia is a fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.
Commenting on her appointment, Antonia said:

It is exciting to be joining the impressive UKAEA team at this important time in their mission to provide a source of sustainable energy. I am looking forward to finding ways to commercialise the leading-edge technologies involved, including robotics and new materials.

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MIL-OSI UK: News story: Policing Minister chairs new taskforce to tackle vehicle theft

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The Policing Minister, Nick Hurd, has today (15 January) chaired a new taskforce to tackle vehicle theft.
The taskforce replicates the successful model used to reduce moped-related crime in London, which fell by a third in the period from January to October 2018 compared with the same period in 2017 last year. It will drive forward action to reduce and prevent vehicle crime and promote best practice.
The taskforce will meet every six months and publish an action plan with new measures. Vehicle theft has risen by 7% in the last 12 months and has impacted communities across the country.
Chairing the meeting, Policing Minister Nick Hurd said:

We are determined to take swift and decisive action on emerging crime threats. With rates of vehicle theft increasing, I am keen to ensure everything is being done to prevent these crimes.
Drawing together the police, industry and government proved to be a successful way to see what more could be done to support police efforts to tackle moped crime and I’m eager to see the results of applying a similar model to vehicle theft.
The determination and common purpose at this morning’s meeting was encouraging and I’m confident the taskforce will significantly strengthen our response to vehicle theft.

The taskforce’s work includes:
improving vehicle security standards across the industry
ensuring robust measures are in place to prevent criminals exploiting the motor salvage process
reviewing whether further measures are required to stop devices that may be used to commit vehicle theft falling into criminals’ hands
Attendees for today’s event included representatives from:
National Police Chiefs’ Council Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Limited
Thatcham Research
Retail Motor Industry
Motorcycle Retail Industry Association
Association of British Insurers
Combined Industries Theft Solution
Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime
West Midlands PCC
West Midlands Police

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Published 15 January 2019

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MIL-OSI UK: News story: Final report on GP partnerships published

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The final recommendations from the independent GP partnership review have been published.
The review was led by Dr Nigel Watson.
Using his research and his personal experience as a GP partner, Dr Watson sets out recommendations for the government, NHS England and other representative bodies.
The recommendations include:
reducing the personal risk and unlimited liability currently associated with GP partnerships
the need for a wider range and capacity of healthcare professionals available for services in the community, embedded as part of general practice
increased funding for GP training places and a more specialised focus in medical training on general practice as a positive career choice
The review, which began in May 2018, received written feedback from over 120 individuals and organisations.
As part of his research, Dr Watson visited over 25 GP practices around the country, ranging from those that were experiencing challenges with recruitment and retention, to those that had developed innovative solutions to issues they faced.
The government will respond to the recommendations.
Dr Nigel Watson said:

General practice remains the fundamental building block of the NHS and essential for the health and wellbeing of the rest of the NHS.
It is clear to me having talked to many GPs and others who work in general practice and also visited many parts of the country that there remains huge potential in terms of delivering high quality care based in the community delivered close to people’s homes.
To unleash this potential, general practice needs to see a secure future which is associated with an expanded workforce, less personal financial risk and the working day being more manageable.
The recommendations today I hope will not only be accepted by government and supported by the profession but make a real difference with more resources going to the delivery of care on the frontline.

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MIL-OSI UK: News story: Changes to benefits for mixed age couples

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When single people reach State Pension age, they move from working age benefits to pension age benefits.
Currently, couples can choose to make that transition when the older partner of the couple reaches State Pension age.
In 2012, Parliament voted to modernise the system and change the rule for couples so that the transition takes place when the younger partner reaches State Pension age. This will ensure the younger partner is in the same circumstances as other people of the same age, regardless of the age of their partner.
The government announced today that the change will be introduced from 15 May 2019.
Mixed age couples with a partner under State Pension age already in receipt of Pension Credit or pension-age Housing Benefit at the point of change will be unaffected while they remain entitled to either benefit.
If a mixed age couple claim working age benefits, the pensioner partner will not be subject to work-based conditionality. Any work-based conditionality for the younger partner will be tailored to meet their circumstances.
Additional information
The government laid the commencement order today (14 January 2019) that brings this change into force from 15 May 2019. The commencement order also sets out who will be exempt from this change.

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MIL-OSI UK: News story: Independent Monitor, Julia Wortley, discusses her new role

Source: UK Government

Striking a balance
Disclosing police information on DBS certificates requires the right balance to be struck between public protection, and the rights of individual applicants. Julia Wortley, our new Independent Monitor, explains where her role fits into ensuring this happens.
Julia says:

This is without doubt a challenging position, but one I am delighted to take on. I know the work of the DBS is vital in terms of helping people make safer recruitment decisions, and ultimately protects some of society’s most vulnerable people.

In her role as Independent Monitor, Julia provides a fully independent element to the disclosure of police information for enhanced disclosure checks. Julia, who came into post in October, recently visited us at DBS to gain a greater insight into the work carried out.

It was lovely to come and visit the team – everyone was really welcoming. I am mindful that the disclosure process is a huge team effort involving hundreds of colleagues scattered across the UK, each fulfilling their respective roles in the different parts of the process.

Getting out and about
In addition to visiting DBS disclosure staff, Julia also visited Barring staff in November, and has been out and about spending time with various police Disclosure Units.

When working with a complicated and complex process, such as the disclosure regime, shared among different teams in different geographic locations, it is essential that we always keep effective two-way communication channels open.

Julia then added:

It is also really important that each party recognises and respects the role that others have to play in ensuring that the disclosure process is efficient, effective and accountable.

Explaining the process
Julia considers one of the significant challenges in disclosing information, is that it’s often seen as a mysterious and complicated process.
In cases where an individual believes that information included by the police force is not relevant to the workforce applied for, or ought not to be disclosed, they should first contact the DBS in line with the DBS disputes procedure.
The DBS will then work with the police to make a decision regarding the dispute.
If the police do not agree there is a mistake, the dispute will be referred to the Independent Monitor to carry out a review of the case.
Julia explains:

We are trying to apply a process consistently to every case, but each outcome will be different according to its own unique set of factors. Some time ago I was asked to consider “what makes a difficult decision.” After careful thought, I concluded that the most difficult decisions all contain three of the following elements.

There will be, or could be, a significant impact on someone that flows directly from the decision
Not everyone will agree with you that you took the right decision
You don’t necessarily have all the information or the quality of information you would like available to inform the decision
Julia believes that making decisions about what is included on an enhanced disclosure check, contains all three of the above elements. For this reason, the decisions are always difficult and challenging. She also understands that there is often a tension between quality and speed with which any task can be achieved.
Dedication and enthusiasm
When asked what she has taken from her first contact with the departments involved in delivering disclosure information, Julia says:

What has impressed me, in all the conversations I have had, is the huge dedication and enthusiasm of everyone involved in this invaluable work.

Julia is someone who describes her lifelong core objectives as upholding fairness, and protecting vulnerable people from harm. She believes her role as Independent Monitor fits perfectly with her deep-rooted commitment to both.
When considering what she wants to achieve in the future, Julia concludes:

It is my ambition to continue to work closely with the DBS, the police and wider Home Office to ensure that the enhanced disclosure process is as efficient, effective and compassionate as it possibly can be.

More information about the Independent Monitor and the post’s statutory duties can be found here: Role of the Independent Monitor (PDF, 115KB, 1 page)

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MIL-OSI UK: News story: What we do at the DBS – a video feature

Source: UK Government

The below video, which details some of the work completed by the Disclosure and Barring Service, has been uploaded to our YouTube channel.
The video details the different levels of DBS check, what type of information may be used to carry out these checks and the importance of safeguarding.
The video can be found here.

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Published 14 January 2019

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MIL-OSI UK: News story: Improving wifi in our criminal courts

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Good and reliable wifi is important in our courts and tribunals to ensure court visitors and legal professionals can work effectively in our buildings. We currently see over 46,000 active users a week using our wifi networks, 30,000 in criminal courts and 16,000 in civil and family courts and tribunals, exchanging 66TB of data, equivalent to over 29 million typewritten pages, over 106,000 CDs or over 14,000 DVDs. That is why we have started work to put the infrastructure in place to deliver better wifi in our criminal courts.
Our new full-building GovWifi allows more people to use the enhanced wifi network from a single logon – meaning easier access to online systems, less paper and improved ways of working for people who need to work out of multiple courts.
Wifi is already available in all courts and tribunals. All civil and family courts and tribunals have already got enhanced full-building wifi coverage We are currently six months into a three-year programme to deliver faster wifi in all criminal courts by 2021. This new full-building wifi network will be in addition to the existing PCU wifi network already available in courts and tribunals.
Feedback has been positive and the earlier than previously planned roll-out of GovWifi to all courts, even where wifi has not yet been upgraded to full-building coverage, has already benefited local authority advocates, youth offender teams, presenting officers, UK visas and immigration in the Home Office, CAFCASS, and legal professionals visiting our court and tribunal buildings. We recognise that where wifi has not yet been upgraded, the bandwidth is not yet sufficient for downloading large case files and video clips but this will be improved as the infrastructure programme is delivered.
The following list shows where we now have full building coverage, improved bandwidth, and a resilient design in 31 criminal courts. We have prioritised Crown and Combined courts:
Birmingham Crown Court
Bradford Law Courts – Crown
Bristol Crown Court
Cardiff Crown Court
Chelmsford Crown Court
Coventry Combined Court
Croydon Crown Court
Derby Combined Court
Inner London Sessions House Crown Court
Isleworth Crown Court
Kingston upon Thames Crown Court
Leeds Combined Court
Leicester Crown Court
Lewes Combined Court
Liverpool Crown Court
Luton Crown Court
Maidstone Combined Court
Manchester Crown Court – Crown Square
Newcastle Combined Court
Norwich Combined Court
Portsmouth Combined Court
Preston Combined Court
Reading Crown Court
Salisbury Combined Court
Sheffield Crown Court
Snaresbrook Crown Court
Southwark Crown Court
Teesside Combined Court
Wood Green Crown Court
Woolwich Crown Court
Wolverhampton Combined Court
Court visitors and professional users can text “GO” to 07537 417417 to set up a GovWifi account. Once an account has been set up it can be used at any GovWifi-enabled location. If a location you are visiting is using GovWifi it will appear as an available network to connect to on your device, and if your device is set up to connect automatically it will do so.
Advice to legal professionals is to connect to the wifi ahead of going into court.
If you have problems setting up the GovWifi account or connecting to the network please contact the helpdesk on 0845 600 6909.
This upgrade is another important step in the ongoing modernisation of the courts and tribunals system as part of the reform programme, bringing new technology and modern ways of working to the justice system.

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MIL-OSI UK: News story: VMD web and telephone services will be unavailable from 01:00, 19 January to 08:00, 21 January

Source: UK Government

The following online application services will be unavailable:
Special Import Ceritifcates
Special Treatment Certificates
You should obtain an import certificate in advance if you think you will need to import/use an imported medicine during this period. In urgent cases you may purchase and use an imported veterinary medicine prior to obtaining a certificate from the VMD. This is a special dispensation which only applies to the VMD online system during this maintenance period. You should obtain an import certificate retrospectively as soon as possible.
Research Import Certificates
Export Certificates
Microchip Adverse Event Reporting
Animal Adverse Reaction Reporting
Human Adverse Reaction Reporting
The following online information service will be unavailable:
Product Information Database
Also, we will not be able to receive phone calls through the switchboard or via direct dial.
The systems should be operational again from 8:00 Monday 21 January.
The VMD apologises for any inconvenience.

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MIL-OSI UK: News story: New taskforce to tackle economic crime

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The Home Secretary and Chancellor will today (14 January 2019) jointly chair a new government taskforce which will work with senior figures from the UK financial sector to tackle economic crime.
The scale of this type of crime – which includes fraud, bribery, corruption and money laundering – is estimated to be at least £14.4 billion per year.
The new Economic Crime Strategic Board, which will meet twice a year, will set priorities, direct resources and scrutinise performance against the economic crime threat, which is set out in the Serious and Organised Crime (SOC) Strategy.
The board includes CEOs and chief executives from the banking institutions Barclays, Lloyds and Santander as well as senior representatives from UK Finance, the National Crime Agency (NCA) and the Solicitors Regulation Authority, Accountants Affinity Group and National Association of Estate Agents.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid said:

We need to take action on all fronts to target the corrupt fraudsters who are lining their pockets with dirty money and living luxury lifestyles at the expense of law-abiding citizens.
The Government is already investing millions in the fight against economic crime, but it is crucial we work closely with our financial sector partners to win this battle.
These criminals threaten the UK’s reputation as a world-leading place to do business and we have a joint responsibility to stop them.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, said:

The UK is leading the world in the fight against illicit finance, preventing fraudsters from stealing billions from the public each year. We know more can be done which is why the Home Secretary and I are launching the first ever cross-departmental board to prevent more people from becoming victims of economic crime.
By bringing together specialists across the public and private sector, we can use the best of our expertise to maintain our status as a global financial centre.

At the board meeting, the Home Secretary will confirm that the Home Office will commit £3.5 million in 2019/20 to support work to reform the suspicious activity reports regime (SARs).
With the private sector, law enforcement and regulators, the Home Office is co-designing a new system which is more efficient and effective, and which will benefit business and the public sector.
SARs are the mechanism used by members of the regulated sectors, including the banking, accountancy, legal and property sectors to flag up suspicions about potential money laundering and terrorist financing to the NCA.
The NCA received a record number of reports last year. The number of SARs reports rose by about 10% to 463,938 during 2017-18, compared with the previous year, including a 20% rise to 22,196 in requests for a defence against money laundering.
The number of SARs reports rose by about 10% to 463,938 during 2017-18, compared with the previous year, including a 20% rise to 22,196 in requests for a defence against money laundering.
SARs reform is one of the commitments in the SOC Strategy, launched in November, which is backed by Government investment of at least £48 million in 2019 and 2020 to further ramp up law enforcement capabilities to specifically tackle illicit finance.
The Home Secretary will thank UK Finance for its commitment to SARs reform. The government is discussing with the private sector the best way to ensure this has the funding it needs. Since late 2018 the financial sector has already committed over £1 million in funding for the project.
Bob Wigley, Chair of UK Finance, said:

We want to ensure the UK is the safest and most transparent financial centre in the world. Banks already spend over £5 billion a year fighting economic crime, but the private sector can’t tackle it alone. That’s why the finance industry works closely with law enforcement and Government agencies to stop the threat and protect customers. The new Economic Crime Strategic Board will strengthen these vital partnerships.
As part of this, it’s vital that we have the best anti-money laundering reporting system possible. The industry is committed to supporting the Government in reforming the existing regime and UK Finance is currently hosting a team of industry and Home Office experts to achieve just that.

Other measures in the SOC Strategy include additional investment in the multi-agency National Economic Crime Centre (NECC) which is now operational and includes officers from the NCA, HM Revenue and Customs, City of London Police, Serious Fraud Office, Financial Conduct Authority Crown Prosecution Service and the Home Office.

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MIL-OSI UK: News story: Theatres Trust Reappointments

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Richard Baldwin
Richard is a chartered quantity surveyor by background and has over 40 years’ experience in the UK and global construction market where he was responsible for the successful delivery of numerous high-profile projects. Richard is Head of Development at Derwent London. Derwent London is one of London’s most innovative office specialist property regenerators and investors and has a strong record of quality architecture with a distinctive design led ethos. They now have an actively managed portfolio of 5.5 million sq. ft. valued at £5.0bn as at 30 June 2018. Richard is a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Royal Society of Arts. Richard has recently been engaged by the Marylebone Cricket Club on the Estates Committee and he is also currently engaged by the Royal Academy of Arts on the Client Committee. Richard is a trustee of the Architectural Association Foundation. Richard was appointed by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport as a Trustee of the Theatres Trust on 1 January 2016
Patrick Dillon
Paddy Dillon is noted as a theatre architect and conservationist, and as a writer and broadcaster. He headed Haworth Tompkins’s architectural team for the award-winning regeneration of the National Theatre, and before that led the regeneration of Snape Maltings. He was a director at Allies and Morrison Architects and is now an independent architect and consultant. He sits on the casework committee of the Twentieth century Society, and chairs the editorial board of ITEAC. His publications include a monograph on the National Theatre and a children’s history of architecture. Paddy Dillon became a Trustee on 1 January 2016.
These reappointments has been made in accordance with the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments. The appointments process is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. Under the Code, any significant political activity undertaken by an appointee in the last five years must be declared. This is defined as including holding office, public speaking, making a recordable donation, or candidature for election. Richard and Patrick have declared no such activity.

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Published 14 January 2019

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