New fines for essential service operators with poor cyber security

Proposals being considered as part of consultation to protect essential services Fines could be as much as £17 million or 4 per cent of global turnover NIS Directive will help make UK most secure place to live and do business online Organisations who fail to implement effective cyber security measures could be fined as much as … Read more

Council leads on assistance dog attacks

St Helens Council is preparing to take a lead role in the defence of assistance dogs and their owners – in the face of increasing numbers of attacks by other dogs. The Dangerous Dogs Act was last year extended to cover attacks by dogs on assistance dogs – giving them the same protection as people. … Read more

Councils quizzed on dragon attacks, asteroid crashes and possessed pets in wacky FoI requests

Emergency plans to cope with a dragon attack or meteor shower, pet exorcisms and frozen animals are just some of the more bizarre topics councils have been quizzed on by residents. A ‘top 10’ list of unusual Freedom of Information (FoI) requests submitted to councils, compiled by the Local Government Association, reveals the weird and … Read more