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This is Linstock’s final Takeaway of 2016. We’ll continue to provide regular insights next year, including our monthly thought leadership newsletter. To sign up, please email

Good Week: Aspiring Police Officer Graduates

After a tumultuous few months, the criminal justice system can end 2016 with some positive news. The Government is backing a new scheme to get graduates fast-tracked into the prison service. Launched by charity Unlocked and supported by Justice Secretary Liz Truss MP, this scheme hopes to alleviate low staffing problems that are widely blamed for the recent disturbances in UK prisons.

Liz Truss said: “I want to ensure that we attract the most talented and dedicated individuals, from the widest possible pool, and I want to see improved promotion and leadership opportunities for all our prison staff.” The first set of 45 graduates will start work in prisons in August 2017.

Bad Week: Sir Bradley Wiggins

Sir Bradley Wiggins is likely to come under more heat as Sir Dave Brailsford, General Manager of Team Sky, has been asked to appear before the Culture Media and Sport Select Committee as part of their inquiry into how cycling handles anti-doping issues. He will be quizzed on Wiggins’ use of triamcinolone, a powerful anti-inflammatory drug, claimed to treat a pollen allergy that aggravates his asthma. The revelations about Sir Bradley in September reignited the debate around the boundaries between legitimate and illegitimate use of drugs for medical purposes.

Linstock’s Most Read Blogs of 2016

As the year draws to a close, we’ve selected our most read blogs from 2016. Ranging from Brexit to gender diversity and housing regeneration, take a look back at what 2016 had in store for us.

1. “The lesson repeated by numerous post war regeneration initiatives is that communication and community have to sit at the heart of such plans if they are to work.” Read MD Jon Bennett’s 5 major challenges for the Government’s regeneration initiative here.

2. Simon Maule explores diversity and gender equality through the lens of behavioural science and looks at how this can help us understand the measures we can introduce to address the issues. Read more here.

3. Regret was rife post-Brexit. We discussed the results of the Survation poll that revealed 1.1 million Leave supporters wished they voted Remain while 700,000 Remain supporters wished they voted Leave. Why did this happen and how can communications professionals help people make better decisions? here.

This Week’s Blog

If you’re feeling festive, check out this week’s blog. Jessie Nicholls explores the pantomime of gender inequality. Jessie finds “it’s unlikely we’ll be able to say “It’s behind you” to describe workplace inequality any time soon.”here.