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Thursday 20th October 2016

Are we nearly there yet?

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Many readers may remember the 1980's advertising slogan for British Rail, that claimed "We're getting there"; I fear we may still be on our way. At that time the railways were still experiencing significant competition from the allure of the private car, and the railway system had undergone several decades of disinvestment that led to poor performance and the eventual breakup and privatisation of the network.
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Thursday 20th October 2016
Thursday 13th October 2016

Going with the flow; adaptation and resilience in flood risk management

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Last winter widespread flooding led to 17,000 properties being damaged - with an estimated £1.3 billion worth of damage caused. With summer over and autumnal weather beginning to make itself felt, thoughts of flooding are back at the forefront of the national agenda.
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Thursday 13th October 2016
Thursday 6th October 2016

The dawn of gravitational wave astronomy

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The first detection of gravitational waves announced earlier this year by the LIGO-Virgo Team has quickly been honoured with many of the most prestigious prizes in physics and science and is widely regarded as one of the scientific breakthroughs of the decade.
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Thursday 6th October 2016
Thursday 29th September 2016

The 'rehabilitation revolution' in probation services – the perilous position of third sector organisations

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Last week the Public Accounts Committee published its report into the 'Transforming rehabilitation' reforms to probation services. The report was critical of the slow pace of the reforms and of the worrying lack of progress in properly involving the third sector in the programme. Committee Chair Meg Hillier concluded that: 'Government may have cause to regret using the potent language of "revolution" for its Transforming Rehabilitation reforms.'
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Thursday 29th September 2016
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