GLHF.gg to hold esports contest for mental health charity

first_img Email Address 10th July 2020 | By contenteditor Tags: Video Gaming Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter GLHF.gg to hold esports contest for mental health charity Esports platform GLHF.gg has announced plans to stage a special tournament to help raise awareness and funds for mental health charity Mind.The competition will take place throughout July, with the grand prize of €5,000 (£4,472/$5,653) being donated to Mind, which provides advice and support for those experiencing mental health problems.The donation will come directly from GLHF.gg, but the contribution will be sent in the name of the teams that finish first, second and third in the tournament.Top performing fans will receive also extra gifts for participation, while all of the competing teams’ fans will receive personal thank you messages on social media.“We built GLHF.gg to better support teams and their players; there’s still a lot to be done with regard to mental health in the high-stress, demanding environment of esports,” GLHF’s head of esports Oskar Holm said.“These teams have entrusted us with their fans, so we want to make sure serious issues affecting the sustainability of this industry we love are kept top of mind.”GLHF’s chief operating officer Ace St. Germain added: “Our goal is to help raise awareness through play. Esports fans have a competitive drive to win and see their team succeed.“The hope is that through active competition we can help continue the conversation around mental health in esports instead of just having it be a hot topic whenever a player takes a mental health break.”In April, GLHF.gg entered into a B2B partnership with Scout Gaming Group, under which Scout now delivers its free-to-play platform with coverage of titles such as Dota, eFotball, League of Legends and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.center_img Topics: Casino & games Esports Video gaming AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Esports platform GLHF.gg has announced plans to stage a special tournament to help raise awareness and funds for mental health charity Mind. Casino & gameslast_img read more

Gambling Commission fines Pocketwin operator In Touch £3.4m

first_img17th March 2021 | By Daniel O’Boyle Earlier this week, Gambling Commission chief executive Neil McArthur stepped down after four years in the role. Deputy chief executive Sarah Gardner and chief operating officer Sally Jones will serve as joint acting chief executives until the Commission finds a permanent replacement. Gambling Commission fines Pocketwin operator In Touch £3.4m In addition, it did not conduct appropriate enhanced due diligence checks and failed to critically review source of funds information that was provided. Regulation In Touch was found to have breached the Social Responsibility Code (SRCP) and Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (LCCP) , as well as failing to take steps to prevent money laundering. The SRCP violations included a statement in its responsible gambling interaction guidance that allowed bonuses to be offered for customers that verify their identity. The operator’s marketing also came under scrutiny, as it failed to be “fair and transparent” – as required in licence condition 7.1.1 – in a SMS message for a bonus offer. The text did not state minimum and maximum deposits or time limits for the offer in question. Email Address Its anti-money laundering (AML) risk assessments were also found to be lacking. This was down to the operator failing to take into account risks associated with allowing customers to use a payment provider that also acts as an exchange for cryptocurrencies. As a result of these failings, In Touch must pay a £3.4m fine and at its own expense, bring in a team of independent auditors to carry out an audit to make sure that it is fully compliant with the licence conditions and codes of practice (LCCP). Regions: UK & Ireland In Touch also failed to use all relevant sources of information to ensure effective decision making for these seven customers. The Commission argued it should have given more consideration to limiting deposits to their accounts. Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Social responsibility Casino regulation Online casino Compliance Regulation Problem gambling Responsible gambling “Through our challenging compliance and enforcement activity we will continue our work to raise standards in the industry and continue to hold failing operators to account,” RIchard Watson, executive director of the Gambling Commission, said. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Tags: Gambling Commission In Touch Games Online casino operator In Touch Games will pay a £3.4m fine and must undergo “extensive auditing” after the Gambling Commission uncovered a series of failings within the business. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter These failings amounted to a breach of LCCP 12.1.1, which states operators must have “appropriate policies, procedures and controls to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing” and ensure these are implemented correctly. In addition, the operator failed to implement its interaction policies and procedures for seven customers, despite concerns that their behaviour indicated problem gambling.last_img read more

Zambeef Products Plc (ZAMB.zm) HY2019 Interim Report

first_imgZambeef Products Plc (ZAMB.zm) listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Agri-industrial sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the half year.For more information about Zambeef Products Plc (ZAMB.zm) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Zambeef Products Plc (ZAMB.zm) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Zambeef Products Plc (ZAMB.zm)  2019 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileZambeef Products Plc, listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange, is the largest vertically integrated food retailing brand in Zambia. The Group is principally involved in the production, processing, distribution and retailing of beef, chicken, pork, milk, dairy products, eggs, stock feed and flour. The Group also has large row cropping operations (principally maize, soya beans and wheat), with approximately 7,971 hectares of row crops under irrigation which are planted twice a year, and a further 8,623 hectares of rainfed/dryland crops available for planting each year.last_img read more

Kooyong Residence / Matt Gibson Architecture

first_imgCopyAbout this officeMatt Gibson ArchitectureOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlass#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMelbourneHousesAustraliaPublished on June 22, 2012Cite: “Kooyong Residence / Matt Gibson Architecture” 22 Jun 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogShowershansgroheShower MixersVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ Abrasion ResistantPartitionsSkyfoldIntegrating Operable Walls in a SpaceLightsVibiaLamps – NorthCultural / PatrimonialIsland Exterior FabricatorsSeptember 11th Memorial Museum Envelope SystemSkylightsVELUX CommercialAtrium Longlight, DZNE GermanyHanging LampsLouis PoulsenLamp – PH ArtichokeTiles / Mosaic / GresiteHisbalitMosaic Tiles – TexturasAcousticMetawellAluminum Panels – Acoustic SailsMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMTiO2-free Mineral Paint – Soldalit®-ArteWall / Ceiling LightsA-LightWall Grazer Concealed LightsDoorsBuster and PunchDoor Hardware – Pull BarMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream CopyHouses•Melbourne, Australia ArchDaily “COPY” Kooyong Residence / Matt Gibson Architecture Save this picture!© SMG+ 19 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/246432/kooyong-residence-matt-gibson-architecture Clipboard Year:  Photographs:  SMGText description provided by the architects. The brief for the renovation of this boom style double fronted Victorian home in Armadale originally called for full demolition. However, upon witnessing the possibilities of the existing dwelling the client was encouraged to retain & restore the front section with the potential that it could enable the project as a whole to provoke a richer response when co-aligned with a newer intervention. Save this picture!© SMGRecommended ProductsDoorsSaliceSliding Door System – Slider S20Enclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsWoodEGGERLaminatesGiven the depth of the site and a client request for sheltered outdoor space a decision was made to separate rather than attach the new works at the rear. This availed a strip of north facing external space between old & new ‘pavilions’. The placement and articulation of which was fundamental to injecting interest within the spatial experience of the home. Save this picture!© SMGThe end result follows a story of 2 ‘pavilions’ – at the front the restoration of the existing grander section of the Victorian building and at the rear a new contemporary double storey addition. Both are seemingly separate yet connected via a metaphorical bridge that traverses the courtyard area – acting as a powerful interstitial space mediating the two buildings and history .  Save this picture!© SMGThis glazed bridge transforms through the seasons. In the colder months it performs as an enclosed way and umbilical chord between the buildings. On warmer days it may open up to become external, helping to extend the floor plate of the courtyards for gatherings and sheltered outdoor dining . Doors at either end allow flexibility to open up or close down sections of the house as required. The courtyards also serve to the break up the house into 3 strong programmatic zones –existing structure as master quarters & Drawing room, newer ground floor for living quarters and children’s quarters upstairs.Save this picture!Project gallerySee allShow lessBadel Block Complex Proposal / Luka Anic, Danko Balog, Tamara Baresic, Srdan GajicArticlesECR (re)Center / 5G Studio CollaborativeArticles Share Housescenter_img Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/246432/kooyong-residence-matt-gibson-architecture Clipboard Architects: Matt Gibson Architecture Year Completion year of this architecture project 2011 “COPY” Kooyong Residence / Matt Gibson ArchitectureSave this projectSaveKooyong Residence / Matt Gibson Architecture Photographs Australialast_img read more

Connemara optimistic on zinc strike

first_imgEmail WhatsApp Advertisement NewsLocal NewsConnemara optimistic on zinc strikeBy admin – September 4, 2009 558 Facebook Twitter Linkedin The drilling programme is being operated by Teck Ireland, a subsidiary of Canadian mining company Teck Resources. Connemara Mining is funding 25% of the drilling programme.John Teeling, chairman of Connemara Mining, said, “This is a very positive result.  The discovery has almost everything one would want – high grade, the right type of mineralisation, shallow depth and is located a good distance from the earlier discovery”. Print THE Irish exploration company Connemara Mining has revealed it struck a high-grade zinc-lead deposit with the first drill hole of its 2009 drilling programme in Limerick. The company said the drill hole, which is, located 1.5km northwest of an earlier discovery at Stonepark could represent a new and potentially higher-grade mineralisation zone. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Previous articleSisterhood could have won the day for KathleenNext articleApproval given to UL Medical School adminlast_img read more

Derek Whipple Joins Alliant Insurance Services

first_img Facebook TAGS  Pinterest By Digital AIM Web Support – February 25, 2021 NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 25, 2021– Derek Whipple has joined Alliant Insurance Services as Senior Vice President, Energy & Marine. Whipple’s employment significantly enriches and expands the Alliant Energy & Marine capabilities located on the West Coast. Whipple has a long tenure in the insurance brokerage world and a specialized focus on power-related energy. “Derek’s unique combination of engineering and finance expertise adds a more robust service offering to our E&M Power team,” said John Ludwig, Co-COO, Alliant Specialty. “His knowledge will prove invaluable to our clients, markets, and the overall Alliant family as we continue to grow.” Prior to joining Alliant, Whipple held a variety of broking and leadership positions in the power and energy sectors. His 25-plus years of experience includes power generation, conventional thermal plants, such as gas and coal-fired facilities to renewable energy including solar, wind, storage, and alternative technologies. His experience spans both operations and construction programs, which includes contractual risk transfer, alternative capital structures, and business interruption associated with the competitive power markets. Whipple began his career as a field engineer for a large highly protected risk carrier. Whipple earned a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of British Columbia and an MBA with an emphasis in Finance from Washington State University. Whipple is a licensed fire protection engineer in the state of Washington. Whipple can be reached at (510) 233-3301 or [email protected] Whipple is based in the San Francisco office of Alliant. About Alliant Insurance Services Alliant Insurance Services is one of the nation’s leading distributors of diversified insurance products and services. We operate through a network of specialized national platforms and local offices to offer our clients a comprehensive portfolio of solutions built on innovative thinking and personal service. The business of managing risk is getting more complex, and Alliant is meeting this complexity head-on, not with more layers of management, but with more creativity and agility. Alliant is changing the way our clients approach risk management and benefits, so they can capitalize on new opportunities to grow and protect their organizations. Visit us at alliant.com. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210225005222/en/ CONTACT: ALLIANT SPECIALTY CONTACT Shari Paul Assistant Vice President, Specialty Group (949) 239-5457 [email protected] ALLIANT CORPORATE CONTACT Nick Kopinga Vice President Corporate Marketing and Communications (949) 260-5004 [email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA CALIFORNIA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: INSURANCE PROFESSIONAL SERVICES SOURCE: Alliant Insurance Services Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/25/2021 08:05 AM/DISC: 02/25/2021 08:05 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210225005222/en Local NewsBusiness WhatsApp Pinterestcenter_img WhatsApp Facebook Derek Whipple Joins Alliant Insurance Services Twitter Twitter Previous articleGroove Brings Sendoso Sending to the InboxNext articleBarcelona faces Sevilla in league-cup doubleheader Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

At Your Service

first_img About Author: John Park October 24, 2017 1,623 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines HOUSING mortgage 2017-10-24 John Park Share Save Previous: Freddie Mac Reports Portfolio Update Next: Home Prices: Rising in Energy-Producing States Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post At Your Service Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: HOUSING mortgage Home / Daily Dose / At Your Service Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Editor’s note: This feature first appeared in the October issue of DS News, available now. A co-worker recently told me about a bad experience he had with mortgage servicers. The company, which had previously serviced his mortgage, transferred servicing to another company. The co-worker was notified of this change through a letter in the mail. The letter also outlined his monthly payments would no longer be automatically drafted from his checking account on the first business day of each month. To make matters worse, the co-worker told me when he first contacted the new mortgage servicer, they had not yet received a record of his new loan number quoted in the letter and advised him to call back later. Eventually, he was able to make his monthly payment and set up an automatic recurring draft via the servicer’s website, but the question remained as to why he couldn’t do that to start with. Whereas my co-worker was previously able to pay his mortgage without thinking about it—and get on with living his life—he now suddenly had a fire drill on his hands and a negative impression of both mortgage servicers.The importance of satisfactory customer service is underscored by Expectations & Experiences quarterly consumer trends research from Fiserv, which revealed that 61 percent of consumers with at least one loan said prior loan experience had a moderate to great influence when choosing a lender for subsequent loans. In addition, when applying for a new loan, customer service was second only to securing the best interest rate and no or low fees and service charges in being a key factor in how borrowers selected a lender.With exceptional customer experience so important to borrowers, it is time for a mindset change. The housing crisis is now thankfully far in the rearview mirror, but it occurred on such a huge scale that its legacy continues to be felt today. The crash led to a wave of regulatory mandates with the mortgage servicing environment becoming increasingly complex in the face of Dodd-Frank reforms. To address the critical need to comply in an accurate and consistent manner, technology solutions popped up like dandelions. Striking a Delicate BalanceIn our industry, there will always be evolving regulations to keep up with–the latest CFPB servicing updates are a prime example—but it should not consume servicers’ time, effort, and thoughts to the exclusion of everything else. More than ever, consumers today expect exceptional engagement and a real-time lending experience, because they have grown accustomed to having access to everything on their terms. Therefore, lenders must balance consumers’ expectations for quick, frictionless lending experiences with regulatory, risk, and process requirements.As attitudes shift, servicers are transitioning their focus to the consumer experience and how technology can support that effort. This is manifesting itself in several ways, but all with a common thread in that they are centered on delighting their borrowers.Ensure Consistency in Communication ChannelsThe first facet is how lenders communicate with their borrowers. Those borrowers want to be empowered to choose their preferred method of communication–this is evident in the wide variety of options consumers choose to use. Whether it is by letter, telephone, walk-in, online, or mobile, consumers want it to work seamlessly with their daily lives.This underlines the importance of lenders having the capabilities to deliver a true omni-channel experience to guarantee superior borrower communication support. That way, a borrower can select the best way to interact with their servicer, and pick up in one channel where they left off in another. For instance, if a borrower had recently initiated an escrow analysis via the web, but for whatever reasons their next touchpoint is a call, the call center agent must have the ability to see that the borrower had recently initiated the escrow analysis and is perhaps calling in with questions.Many borrowers may opt to have a completely digital experience, but still want to seek out consultation. Only, instead of phoning in, they want a real-time webchat. The same premise still holds true in that the agent should be aware that the customer had initiated an escrow analysis, is likely to ask about it, and will expect the agent to have answers at their fingertips.The point is that it simply isn’t satisfactory to have many channels … all with different messages. The servicer’s brand, personality, and helpfulness should shine through regardless of the channel used. If the branch experience feels more personable or friendlier than the call center or the mobile site–or vice versa– then the borrower is not receiving a consistent experience. Equally, if the borrower begins the conversation digitally they don’t want to have to begin that dialogue from scratch when they show up at the branch. Today’s borrower–indeed today’s consumer–doesn’t think in terms of unique, standalone environments; they want every channel from digital to human to possess the same personality and knowledge.Provide Information on Their TermsThe second facet is borrower education.This is related to how borrowers choose to communicate with servicers and consume information. Two demographic groups in particular are seeking trusted advisors– millennials and empty nesters whose grown-up children have now moved out of the family home. Millennials by nature seek out education and want to be taught when it comes to mortgages. In some cases they remember parents foreclosing on a home during the crisis, so they may have a level of distrust when it comes to mortgages.For empty nesters, they may be looking for advice about how to transition into retirement, securing a reverse mortgage loan, their equity, or whether they need to remain in a five-bedroom house now that the kids have moved on.Both cases represent different ends of the spectrum of adult life, but they are tied together by a common thread–they want an advisor to guide them through their life changes. Whether they want to talk to an agent face-to-face or engage via social media channels, a borrower wants to be able to gather information on a particular aspect of their loan in a way that suits the consumer. It’s no longer enough to have a one-size-fits-all approach; it really needs to be custom-fitted for the individual.Blending Hi-Tech With High-TouchThe best way to delight the borrower is to get the blend right between hi-tech and high-touch. Some borrowers may want to minimize the need for interaction, while others require it continually. The rise of digital labor and workflow to perform certain tasks helps servicers maintain consistent levels of service, especially in the execution of back-office activities. The automation of high-volume, repetitive transactions ensures adherence to regulation and business policy. The use of user interface-driven workflow can create a better experience for the borrower by ensuring every interaction is consistent in content and procedure across all borrowers. While the cost of these systems has come down, they have also become vastly more sophisticated–and they are in effect a software version of the robotic arm that assembles automobiles. This frees up staff to do what they do best–interacting with consumers.Focus on Delighting Your BorrowersThe regulatory environment will continue to evolve–the 2020 CECL requirements come to mind–and minimizing organizational risk will always be of paramount importance as this is the new normal we find ourselves in. However, top-notch customer service should always be top of mind, and the two are not mutually exclusive. It is not only possible, but also desirable, to shift the focus to the consumer experience, while still keeping your eye on the regulatory ball.Through the right mix of borrower communication, borrower education, and human and automated processes, loan servicers can provide the real-time lending experience consumers increasingly expect. Disgruntled borrowers are statistically more likely to report loan servicers, so compliance and customer satisfaction go hand-in-hand. Taking a customer-centric approach will delight your borrower and efficiently mitigate risk. 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[LIVE UPDATES] Hearing On Arnab Goswami’s Plea Against Privilege Motion Passed By Maharashtra Assembly

first_imgTop Stories[LIVE UPDATES] Hearing On Arnab Goswami’s Plea Against Privilege Motion Passed By Maharashtra Assembly LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK30 Sep 2020 1:27 AMShare This – x…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginLive Updates 30 Sep 2020 1:41 AM#CJI issues notice in Arnab Goswami’s plea challenging the breach of privilege motion against him by Maharashtra Assembly & Legislative Council.Returnable after a week.30 Sep 2020 1:39 AM#CJI: Who is for the Maharashtra Legislature?Salve: This has come up for the first time today.#CJI: Certainly an arguable point. We have a doubt whether it has gone through the Privileges committee at all.30 Sep 2020 1:39 AM#CJI: So if someone says minister is lying, is that not obstructing him from performing his duty?Salve: No, he can come into the house and say he is talking nonsense, he can refute it. 30 Sep 2020 1:37 AM#CJI: Interference may not be a physical interference.Salve: Phrase used is interference in the performing of the assembly. If someone does a “Gherao” of the assembly, that will be a breach of privilege.#CJI: But that is an action performed outside the assembly.30 Sep 2020 1:36 AMSalve: But for breach of privilege, it has to be to hinder working of the house or prevent them from speaking in the house.30 Sep 2020 1:35 AMSalve: If I have not hindered the working of the house, this cannot be invoked.#CJI: You are saying that breach of privilege is not like contempt of court? What if someone calls names to assembly outside, they cannot hold the person guilty of breach of privilege.30 Sep 2020 1:34 AM#CJI: Your argument – this you can make in reply to the show cause notice.Salve: But I am arguing that their privilege does not exceed that far. 30 Sep 2020 1:32 AMalve: It is the speaker who acts for the legislature. Also directed for retrieving original videos.#CJI: Has the Committee of privileges ever looked at this matter?30 Sep 2020 1:32 AMSalve: It is done by the officer. The directions have been issued obviously by the speaker. 30 Sep 2020 1:32 AM#CJI: We understand that the privilege motion is dealt with by the Committee of privileges and a notice is issued to answer the charge of breach of privilege. Where is that?>Load MoreNext Storylast_img read more

Mother arrested for attempted murder after allegedly slashing 3-year-old daughter’s neck with scissors

first_imgMontgomery County Department of PoliceBy JON HAWORTH, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A mother of a 3-year-old girl has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly slashing her daughter in the neck with a pair of scissors before doing the same to herself.The incident occurred on Saturday, March 27, in the Wheaton-Glenmont area of Montgomery County, Maryland — just north of Washington, D.C. — when emergency services received a call at approximately 10:50 a.m. after a relative who had arrived at the family home observed blood on the floor of the residence, according to the Montgomery County Department of Police.When officers entered the home they discovered a pair of scissors and blood on the floor of the home before locating 28-year-old Anne Catherine Akers on a bedroom floor suffering from a laceration to her neck.However, when first responders began to assess her injuries and administer aid, they removed a blanket that Akers had been holding onto and found her 3-year-old daughter underneath with a life threatening wound to her neck.Officers immediately began performing life-saving measures on the 3-year-old, according to a statement from the Montgomery County Department of Police.“Fire and Rescue personnel arrived and transported Akers to a local hospital with serious injuries. A Maryland State Police helicopter transported Akers’ daughter to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries,” the statement read. “Physicians who treated Akers’ daughter at the hospital stated to detectives that in their opinion, without the officers’ immediate life-saving actions, the three-year-old’s injuries would have been fatal.Authorities did not disclose possible motivations or reasons behind the slashing.Detectives have now charged Akers with one count of attempted second-degree murder, one count of first-degree assault, and one count of first-degree child abuse and will be held without bond at the Rockville District Court.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Government paper threatens council workers’ pensions

first_imgGovernment paper threatens council workers’ pensionsOn 17 Sep 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Local government HR body Socpo has opposed plans to scrap final salarypension provision for council staff, which were raised in a governmentdiscussion paper last week. The discussion paper into the sector’s pension provision calls for moreflexibility to benefit the whole workforce, and raises the possibility that thefinal salary pension scheme could be closed to new local authority staff in thefuture. The paper states: “There is no intention of imposing change to theexisting pensions packages for current members”, but does not guaranteethe long-term future of the present scheme. Vice-president of Socpo Mary Mallett believes closing the final salaryscheme would be extremely damaging. She said: “The current scheme is highly valued and works for localgovernment officers with long service, but we do need to add flexibility toreflect modern working practices. It would be very concerning if the Governmentdoes not listen to what local government wants.” The paper claims the existing system provides a good pension for staff whoput in 40 years service then retire at their peak salary, but does not servethe high percentage of the sector’s employees who work flexibly or part-time. Local government HR professionals have until February next year to comment. At its annual conference last week the TUC passed a motion demandingemployers pay pension contributions of 10 per cent of workers’ salaries. www.info4local.gov.uk Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more