* Posts by Noa

4 posts • joined 21 Jun 2010

Government goes after outsourced staff T&Cs


Not ALL public sectors pensions please!

NHS and Civil Service pensions may be paid out of general taxation but Local government pensions are fully funded by employee and employer contributions - they are not paid out of general taxation. As someone has said, these funds are largely well performing, so much so that in the stock market boom years the employers stopped paying contributions in altogether and used the savings to keep council tax down for several years when it was introduced. The average local government pension is around £3,500 per year, I don't call that gold plated and ours is certainly not index linked.

Local government redundancy compensation is, at most, 3 x the statutory minimum and many local authorities pay a lot less - ours is currently 2 x statutory minimum and the council want to cut that to 1 x from next April.

The COP, when used and I've experience of it, does prevent the situation of 2 people doing the same job on different terms and, speaking from the point of view of an employee, if you're going to harmonise salaries, I'd rather they were harmonised upwards. It's also useful when sounding out contractors, are they going to be doing the job better and more efficiently to make their cut or are they making their cut simply by paying crap wages to an overstretched de-motivated workforce who will jump ship as soon as something better comes along?

Job club firm loses thousands of details


I'll get my coat...

uk born and lived here all my life and I score 54%. Very odd questions and not all well worded, the one on uk 'public' elections for example, we have - local, parliamentary, general and European parliamentary elections, all of these are 'public' aren't they? I couldn't find 2 options that would be allowed to vote in all these elections and as presiding officer for the past decade I'm disappointed that couldn't answer that question!

Extreme porn now illegal north of the border


however some cats!

Anonymous John's reminded me of when I had to take my cat to the vets. He didn't relish visits to the vet, just getting him out of the pet carrier in the surgery was a hazardous 2 man job..then comes the thermometer, i was expecting a battle and resistance from the old fella but oh no, the moment the vet popped it up his bottom, puss-cat changed from a rigid, hissing, scratching, yowling hate-filled fiend to a floppy, purring, dribbling mess...it was really quite embarrassing!!

ICO spanks careless Kent Police after data was stolen from car boot


and what has happened to the officer that lost the files?

I wonder if s/he has been sacked or disciplined in anyway?

Also, when data gets lost, is there a legal obligation to inform the people who it relates to of the fact?


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