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PAG Event: Do Pensions matter?

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PAG PUBLIC MEETING 

Do Pensions Matter?

a presentation by 

Tim Boles, M D  Equilibrium Pensions Ltd

Manx Legion Club, Market Hill, Douglas

7.30 p.m. Monday 28th November 2016 

pension

 
For its final public meeting of the year PAG tackles a topic that many of us ignore to our cost.
 
None of us wish to be worse off in retirement.
 
The subject of a pension is one of the most important decisions facing us all, but the details of which are notoriously complex - to the point that recently even one of the Bank of England Directors confessed to not understanding their operation.  With average longevity having increased so dramatically over the last 30 years - with mid to late 80's now considered our typical life expectation - provision of a "good pension" is necessary for at least 20-25 years, and for some, up to 35 years or so.
Last Updated on Monday, 21 November 2016 22:59
 

Presentation: Children's Social Services - Will we ever get it right?

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PAG PUBLIC MEETING 

"Children's Social Services - Will we ever get it right?"

Allan Norman

 

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Video: Part One

Video: Part Two

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Last Updated on Friday, 28 October 2016 15:32
 

PAG Event: Children's Social Services - Will we ever get it right?

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PAG PUBLIC MEETING 

"Children's Social Services - Will we ever get it right?"

a presentation by Allan Norman

LolaBaby  

7.30 p.m. WEDNESDAY 26th October 2016 

Manx Legion Club,  Market Hill, Douglas

The meeting is Free and Open to all 

Last Updated on Friday, 21 October 2016 16:05
 

FoI Costs Consultation: our submission

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The government recently completed a consultation exercise on adding a cost limit to FoI request, despite precious little evidence that it was necessary.

The PAG response is attached. We wait for the results.

Attachments:
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Download this file (PAG_subm_FOI_costLimit_0916.pdf)PAG FoI cost limit consultation332 Kb92
Last Updated on Monday, 24 October 2016 19:59
 

What's on tonight?

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webcastWhat’s on tonight?

That’s the question heard in my home as evening approaches. At one time a quick gander in the Radio Times would provide the information for viewing or listening. Nowadays it’s the webpage of that publication that informs us. So we’ve moved with the times? Well apparently not.

This summer our teenage grandson spent two weeks with us. He and his smart phone were inseparable. It was as though the gizmo was a permanent extension of his hand. He seemed to spend hours, eyes glued to the screen.

Last Updated on Monday, 10 October 2016 21:54
 

PAG Event: 3S Abuse presentation

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PAG PUBLIC MEETING - 6th September 2016

"ABUSE - It's NOT OK"

A presentation by Marcia K Brabbs of Safe, Strong, Secure (3S)*

Presentation video

It's not OK - filmed on IoM

That's not love

Bystander intervention

Bystander Culture

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 September 2016 21:57
 

COMMENT: ABUSE - it's NOT OK

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This comment is solely the opinion of writer Sandy Gorst to the PAG Public Meeting 05.09.16 - "ABUSE - it's NOT OK".

The title holds nothing to disagree with, no­ one in their right mind could argue with it. What I question is definition.

The definition of abuse, as used by the speaker, does not tally with the definition which I am familiar with. The word abuse is a combination of two other words those being 'ab' which is used normally as a prefix meaning 'off', 'away from' as in words such as 'abduct, abnormal, abuse'. The remainder is the word use meaning, as we all know, how something is employed as in 'use a hammer', 'use a shopping basket' the use of a word or words. In this discourse however the word abuse was used in a very narrow context, or so it seemed.

Here it appeared that the word abuse implied the presence of violent undertones, both in language and also physical behaviour, this to the exclusion of any possible acceptability of the language or physical action under consideration.

Last Updated on Sunday, 02 October 2016 17:44
 

IOM Freedom of Information under threat!

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foi shredSuccessive IOM governments procrastinated for many years about introducing a Freedom of Information Act. It was finally implemented on February 1st 2016, but only applies to requests made to the Cabinet Office and the Department of Environment Food and Agriculture (DEFA).
 
In the first 6 months 41 requests have been made. There is already concern about the cost or potential cost. The plan is to extend the scope of the Act to all government departments on 1st January 2017 and to fully complete the process by January 2018.
 
The threat, written in a consultation paper, is to impose a cost limit for any request. Above that limit the public body may refuse to give an applicant the requested information.
 
PAG lobbied long and hard to get this law on the statute book. We consider it far too early to even be considering such a move and will be responding to the consultation. The Act has been in operation for far too short a period and the sample size is too small.
 
We urge government to extend the scope as promised and then review all aspects of the operation of the Act. It is in the public interest not to make an hasty decision now.
 
You of course can make your own submission and we urge you so to do!
Last Updated on Sunday, 04 September 2016 12:38
 
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