Daily List 099
Thursday 23 May 2013
Safety recommendations for decked fishing vessels of less than 12 metres in length and undecked fishing vessels.
- Corporate Author:
- Food and Agriculture Organization
The purpose of the Safety Recommendations contained in this publication is to provide information on the design, construction, equipment, training and protection of the crews of small fishing vessels with a view to promoting the safety of the vessel and the safety and health of the crews. These Safety Recommendations may also serve as a guide for those concerned with the safety of vessels used in support of aquaculture activities. The publication includes recommendations on watertight integrity and equipment, stability and associated seaworthiness, machinery and electrical installations, fire protection and fire-fighting, protection of the crew, life-saving appliances, emergency procedures and safety training, radio communication, navigational equipment, crew accommodation, and manning training and competence. While not intended as a substitute for national laws and regulations these recommendations may serve as a guide to those persons concerned with framing such national laws and regulations. Unless otherwise stated, the provisions of these Safety Recommendations are intended to apply to new decked vessels of less than 12 m in length and new undecked vessels intended to operate at sea (as well as on oceans, rivers, lakes and dams, or on any body of water).
Global monitoring report 2013: rural-urban dynamics and the Millennium Development Goals.
- Corporate Author:
- World Bank. + International Monetary Fund.
The Global Monitoring Report 2013: Rural-Urban Dynamics and the Millennium Development Goals examines rural-urban disparities in the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and how urbanidation, if managed well, can contribute to the attainment of these goals. The report provides information about the differences in progress toward the MDGs across geographical areas and recognises that urban populations are better off than their rural brethren. However, unfettered urbanisation can cause migrants and the urban poor to end up in slums where attainment of the MDGs lags. GMR 2013 calls for an integrated strategy to better manage the planning-connecting-financing formula of urbanisation. Notwithstanding the importance of urbanisation in poverty reduction and MDG attainment, rural areas remain a huge challenge-one that underscores the importance of policies that can improve rural livelihoods. The rural-urban spectrum ranges from small towns to large cities. The general experience is that poverty is lowest in the largest cities and considerably higher in smaller towns. The MDGs reflect the basic needs of all citizens, and governments should aim to meet them fully in both urban and rural areas. However, resources are scarce, so priorities must be set and trade-offs made. The report argues that the sequencing of actions be tailored to local conditions when it comes to the degree of urbanisation and rural-urban differences in MDG outcomes. The world has met four global MDG targets. New estimates confirm the 2012 reports that MDG 1- reducing the $1.25-a-day poverty rate (2005 purchasing power parity) - was reached in 2010, falling below half of its 1990 value. The world also met part of MDG 7 - to halve the proportion of people without safe access to drinking water - in 2010. MDG 7 - to improve significantly the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers by 2020 - was also achieved. Finally, the first part of MDG 3 - to eliminate gender disparity in primary education - was accomplished in 2010. Global progress on the full MDG 3 - (to eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education) is close to being on track. Global Monitoring Report 2013 was prepared jointly by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, with consultations and collaborations with regional development banks and other multilateral partners.
The green deal: watching brief: first report of session 2013-14. Vol. 1: Report, together with formal minutes, oral and written evidence.
House of Commons papers (2013-14) - 142.
- Corporate Author:
- Energy and Climate Change Committee
- Tim Yeo (chairman)
Three years into the life of this Parliament, Ministers are unable to define what they hope to achieve through of one of the Coalition's flagship policies. It's impossible to assess policy if the Government itself cannot explain precisely what it is hoping to achieve. At a time when gas and electricity bills are on the rise, improving the energy efficiency of our homes could not be more important. The Committee plans to monitor progress of the Green Deal over the coming years. This report sets out seven key areas in which it will focus its scrutiny: public awareness and communications; take-up levels; energy and carbon savings; financial savings and value for money; access to the Green Deal and ECO; customer satisfaction; and supply chain and job creation. It identifies a number of potential challenges, which could lead to low take up of the Green Deal. For example, people in rented accommodation might have difficulty gaining consents from their landlords, households might find the "hassle" of building works too much to want to upgrade their property, or cheaper sources of finance might be available from other sources. If take up levels are low, it will be important to understand why this is, so that the policy can be improved. The report calls on the Government to publish information showing how well the Green Deal is progressing. The Committee also says that DECC should seek opportunities to collaborate with research organisations to maximise its understanding of whether the scheme is working well.
2009 energy balances and electricity profiles.
- Corporate Author:
- United Nations. Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Statistics Division
The Energy Balances and Electricity Profiles 2009 contains comprehensive information about energy balances for some 115 developing countries, showing production, trade, conversion and consumption in energy units for all energy products as well as electricity profiles for some 190 countries. This publication provides detailed information on production, trade and consumption of electricity, net installed capacity and thermal power plant input for selected developing and developed countries.
HM Revenue and Customs: tax credits error and fraud: fourth report of session 2013-14: report, together with formal minutes, oral and written evidence.
House of Commons papers (2013-14) - 135.
- Corporate Author:
- Committee of Public Accounts
- Margaret Hodge (chairman)
HMRC paid £30 billion in tax credits in 2011-12, providing support to nearly six million individuals and families. Yet in 2010-11 one in five awards contained error or fraud which resulted in claimants receiving more money than they were entitled to. £2.3 billion was lost to error and fraud in 2010-11, £850 million higher than expected. HMRC's target was to save £8 billion from reducing tax credits error and fraud by 2015, but it will miss this target by £5 billion. HMRC needs a more realistic target for the amount of savings it should achieve from reducing error and fraud. The support provided to claimants, in writing and through its helpline, also needs to be improved. This will help ensure claimants receive the correct amount and avoid overpayments. In 2011-12, HMRC wrote off £1.7 billion of tax credits debt. HMRC must work more closely with organisations that represent claimants to get a better understanding of where claimants need help so it can make improvements to the support it provides. Greater checking of awards led to an increase in appeals against decisions to reduce or terminate the amount of tax credit paid. But insufficient resources to deal with the appeals resulted in delays and caused unnecessary distress and hardship to claimants. Better use of data to identify patterns and trends in claimant behaviouris crucial. HMRC also needs to improve its understanding of why claimants do not always report changes to their circumstances as this is when the majority of error happens.