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UK broadband speed report 2011

This report was published in July 2011.

“The Digital Economy Act 2010 gave Ofcom a new duty to report to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport every three years on the state of the UK’s communications infrastructure. The first report is due later this year.
The first report will include information on the networks and services used by the majority of UK consumers. These include voice and data services carried over fixed and mobile networks as well as digital TV and radio broadcasts.
Government has placed particular importance on the availability and take up of broadband services. In a speech on 12 May 2011 Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, outlined government’s ambitions to provide all homes and businesses in the UK with access to at least 2Mbit/s broadband and that superfast broadband should be available to 90 per cent of people in each local authority area.
The government has allocated £530m to assist in providing the UK with the best superfast broadband network in Europe by 2015 and is encouraging local authorities to develop their own broadband plans setting out how superfast broadband access will be rolled-out in their area. Local authorities will be able to apply for a share of the £530m. should be available to 90 per cent of people in each local authority area.
Due to the importance placed on this matter, the Secretary of State has requested that Ofcom bring forward the publication of the data relating to fixed broadband networks and services that we were compiling for the Infrastructure Report. This data will be valuable to local authorities in developing their broadband plans and will thereby help accelerate the rate at which the benefits of improved broadband infrastructure can be delivered to UK citizens and consumers.”

 

UK Fixed Broadband Map 2011

“The UK’s first interactive map showing accurate information on broadband take-up, speeds and availability has been produced by Ofcom, using data provided by communications providers.

It forms part of Ofcom’s ongoing work to provide useful information about broadband in the UK.

Ofcom intends to publish a more detailed map later this year.”

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Letting Children be Children – Report of an Independent Review of the Commercialisation and Sexualisation of Childhood

This report was published in June 2011.

“The pressure on children to grow up takes two different but related forms: the pressure to take part in a sexualised life before they are ready to do so; and the commercial pressure to consume the vast range of goods and services that are available to children and young people of all ages.

Reg Bailey, Chief Executive of Mothers’ Union, has led a six-month independent review into the commercialisation and sexualisation of childhood. He calls on businesses and broadcasters to play their part and protect children from the increasingly sexualised ‘wallpaper’ that surrounds them.

This Review aims to assess how children in this country are being pressured to grow up too quickly, and sets out some of the things that businesses and their regulators, as well as Government, can do to minimise the commercialisation and sexualisation of childhood. There are more detailed recommendations in each chapter of the report.”

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Evaluating the Effectiveness of Home Detention Curfew and Open Prison in Scotland – Research Findings

These findings were published in July 2011.

“This research evaluates two forms of ‘conditional liberty’ in Scotland, home detention curfew and open prison, in terms of how they operate, their contribution to community reintegration, and cost.”

The full research publication is also available.

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Reasonable Preference in Scottish Social Housing – Research Findings

These findings were published in July 2011.

“The research findings presents the key findings from research undertaken to assess the usefulness of reasonable preference categories in determining housing allocation. The research examined reasonable preference categories and the way these are interpreted and used in practice.”

The full research publication is also available.

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Drug Treatment and Testing Orders: Guidance for Schemes

This guidance was published in July 2011.

“Drug Treatment and Testing Orders were introduced by the Crime and Disorder Act 1998. Scottish pilot sites were established in Glasgow and Fife and were subject to research and evaluation from the Centre for Social Work Research at the University of Stirling. This research, published in October 2002, reported broadly positive outcomes. A study by the University of Stirling on longer term reconviction rates was published in October 2004.

Since the introduction of the pilot sites the availability of DTTOs has been rolled out to a large number of courts around the country. Plans are now being made for the order to be available to the High Court, all sheriff courts and the Stipendiary Magistrates Court by June 2005.”

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Thematic Report on Knife Crime

This report was published in July 2011.

“When in 2006 the Lord Advocate Colin Boyd QC addressed a Violence Reduction Unit seminar in Edinburgh and announced new more robust prosecution policies on the prosecution of knife crime, he pledged “continued, on-going energies of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service” in tackling knife crime. It was said that the goal of the new prosecution policy on knife crime was “to send a strong deterring message to those who commit knife crime”.”

“The overarching conclusion based on our inspection of 440 cases is that there is a very high compliance with the policy outlined by the Lord Advocate.”

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