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Stop the Net grab: ITU’s confused and dangerous plans to regulate Internet

16 Nov 2012, by in International

Take action:Sign the online petition now Next month, the little known UN agency the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is holding a conference in Dubai, to discuss regulating the Internet. The World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) is an event that could have serious implications for the freedoms we’ve become used to online. The ITU isn’t…

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Touchstone Economic Dashboard: Charting a way to recovery

12 Dec 2011, by in Blogging

Another month and another gloomy set of employment results. We’ve been tracking economic indicators since the start of the recession in our Economic Reports series, but sometimes you need to take a step back from the snapshots to see the longer term trends as well, if you’re going to appreciate the depth of the hole…

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VIDEO: Welcome to the New NHS

02 Sep 2011, by in Public services

A not entirely seriously filmed video from UNISON, highlighting a very serious point. Clause 168 of the Health and Social Care Bill removes the restriction on the amount of income a Foundation Trust can make from private charges – the so called “private patient income cap”.

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Trench warfare, Chartered Management Institute style

09 Jun 2011, by in Working Life

I’ve been playing the Chartered Managment Institute and Institute of Consulting’s new promotional web game (in my lunch break, honest!). It’s a novel way to convince young people that a career in business is for them, especially in one of the noble disciplines of management or consulting. But if Battle for the Boardroom offers us…

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Tell DCMS: “Don’t mess with May Day”

12 May 2011, by in Working Life

“Give us your ideas for a new Bank Holiday” runs the heading on DCMS’ latest press release. I was pleasantly surprised to see that, as the TUC have been suggesting for quite some time that adding a new bank holiday to the UK’s calendar could help end our embarrassing honour of having the fewest public…

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Jobs figures don’t tell the same story everywhere

14 Jul 2010, by in Labour market

The jobs figures are out today, and show a headline rate of five JSA claimants chasing every job vacancy listed at Jobcentre Plus. This doesn’t tell the whole story though, and there are huge regional variations, from 43.2 claimants competing for every job opening in Hackney North, through to just 0.7 in Lichfield. I’ve made…

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