Staff at Home Office contractors sue over discrimination and unfair dismissal – The Guardian

‘Dozens of security staff who detain and deport people for the Home Office are taking legal action over race, sex, disability discrimination and unfair dismissal, the Guardian has learned.’

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The Guardian, 21st September 2022

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Mayor of Greater Manchester defeats High Court challenge over bus franchising and impact of pandemic – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 14th, 2022 in appeals, contracting out, coronavirus, local government, news, transport by tracey

‘Two bus operators have lost a High Court challenge to the decision by Andy Burnham, elected mayor of Greater Manchester, to proceed with bus franchising.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th March 2022

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Andy Burnham’s move to bring bus services under public control ‘not unlawful’ – The Independent

Posted March 10th, 2022 in consultations, contracting out, local government, news, transport by tracey

‘Andy Burnham’s decision to reform bus services to bring them under public control in Greater Manchester was not unlawful, a High Court judge has found in a ruling against two bus companies.’

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The Independent, 9th March 2022

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UKHSA considers legal action against privately run Immensa lab – The Guardian

‘A government health watchdog is considering legal action against a private health company whose laboratory gave at least 43,000 people potentially false negative Covid-19 test results.’

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The Guardian, 8th December 2021

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Private firms working for UK government ‘should be subject to FOI rules’ – The Guardian

‘Private outsourcing companies that win government contracts should be subject to freedom of information rules, according to the outgoing information commissioner, who warned the existing transparency law is no longer fit for the modern age.’

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The Guardian, 25th November 2021

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Brook House detention centre whistleblower ‘abuse’ inquiry begins – BBC News

‘A public inquiry into the mistreatment of immigration detainees has heard a BBC Panorama documentary revealed “shocking” treatment which had “no place in a decent and humane” system.’

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BBC News, 23rd November 2021

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Capita pays compensation to family of woman who died after benefits cut – The Guardian

‘A government contractor has paid out “substantial” compensation following the death of a young mother who took an overdose after her disability benefits were removed.’

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The Guardian, 3rd November 2021

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UK bus privatisation breached basic rights, says ex-UN rapporteur – The Guardian

Posted July 20th, 2021 in contracting out, news, reports, transport by sally

‘Britain’s bus services outside London were so damaged by privatisation that people were unable to access basic needs such as work, education and healthcare, according to a scathing report by the former UN special rapporteur on human rights.’

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The Guardian, 19th July 2021

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MP questions transfer of children from Rainsbrook secure centre to youth jails – The Guardian

Posted July 14th, 2021 in children, contracting out, coronavirus, custody, news, prisons, young offenders by tracey

‘Children held in a condemned youth jail for vulnerable offenders have been moved into unsuitable alternative custody, a committee has been told. About 30 children previously held at the privately run Rainsbrook secure training centre are being transferred into alternative custody arrangements following calls for urgent action over problems at the unit.’

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The Guardian, 13th July 2021

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No more reward without risk – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 2nd, 2021 in contracting out, local government, news, pensions, waste by tracey

‘Nigel Bolton and Philip Woolham look at the lessons to be learned from an important High Court judgment for local authorities and contractors on pension exit credits.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 2nd July 2021

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Nationalising probation service not enough to fix flaws, warns watchdog – The Guardian

‘Renationalising the management of offenders in the community will not be enough to put right the flaws of disastrous privatisation reforms introduced by the former Conservative minister Chris Grayling, the probation watchdog has warned.’

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The Guardian, 28th June 2021

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Probation services return to public control in England and Wales – BBC News

Posted June 28th, 2021 in contracting out, Ministry of Justice, news, probation by tracey

‘Probation services in England and Wales will return to public control, seven years after Chris Grayling’s changes that were later labelled as “flawed”.’

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BBC News, 28th July 2021

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Appeal court confirms validity of ‘contracting out’ statutory declaration – OUT-LAW.com

‘Commercial landlords and tenants are not required to specify the actual date of grant of the lease when “contracting out” of the security of tenure provisions in the 1954 Landlord and Tenant Act (1954 Act), the Court of Appeal has confirmed.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 3rd June 2021

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Private Prisons Have Shown A Lax Approach To Human Rights – Each Other

Posted April 27th, 2021 in contracting out, human rights, news, prisons by sally

‘Private prisons may seem like an American phenomenon, but, statistically, UK prisoners are more likely to be held in one.’

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Each Other, 26th April 2021

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Privatisation of children’s services is bad for children and bad for taxpayers – Transparency Project

Posted February 18th, 2021 in children, contracting out, news, social services by sally

‘When the Care Review was formally announced in January, one of the first actions of its chair, Josh MacAlister, was to ask the Competition and Markets Authority to investigate the children’s social care ‘market’ in England. This was announced even before MacAlister takes up his post, which is not until March.’

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Transparency Project, 17th February 2021

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‘I don’t like acts of dishonesty by the state’: Jolyon Maugham QC on Covid cronyism – The Guardian

‘Over the past few years, Jolyon Maugham QC, founder of the Good Law Project, has become an unmissable presence on Twitter. But unlike most keyboard warriors – anonymously vocal about Brexit, trading memes over mask-wearing and gender politics – he has only ever seen the social media platform as a means to an end. “I really don’t like this phenomenon of disinterested observers pointing out things that are going wrong,” he says. “I want to be in the club of people who actually put skin in the game to make it better, rather than merely making clever observations from the sidelines.”’

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The Guardian, 22nd November 2020

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Getting off the hook: A guide to securing release from contractual obligations and varying public contracts in light of COVID-19 – 39 Essex Chambers

Posted November 10th, 2020 in amendments, contracting out, contracts, coronavirus, news, regulations by sally

‘Given the current challenging economic circumstances arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, which the authors fear may worsen over the coming months as employers are weaned off the Government’s furlough scheme, contracting authorities and their contractors may want to be released from obligations under existing contracts (and/or to protect their position having already defaulted on their obligations). Similarly, contracting authorities may want to vary existing contracts going forward. However, for obvious reasons, notably the time and cost involved, the appetite for undertaking a new procurement exercise is likely to be limited. This article therefore provides a guide to the available options for achieving these objectives.’

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39 Essex Chambers, 16th October 2020

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Government to pay £2m to settle coronavirus testing case – BBC News

Posted October 8th, 2020 in competition, computer programs, contracting out, coronavirus, news by tracey

‘The UK has agreed to settle a lawsuit over how it selected an IT contract for coronavirus testing at its Lighthouse labs.’

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BBC News, 8th October 2020

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The impact of digitalisation on the immigration process – EIN Blog

‘The coronavirus pandemic created an impetus for the legal world to finally begin accepting digitalisation of processes, moving away from the traditional paper process to an online version. The immigration process is already faced with a myriad of concerns which leaves the applicant in a weak position, and most often, with a lack of funds to cover their costs. The Home Office’s inability to train and effectively manage applications, outsource services to dubious third-party contractors has been exacerbated further by the haphazard application of online processes which do not match the needs of the immigration process. Despite the fact that online applications are easier to complete for legal representatives a number of issues have arisen as a result of this sudden change.’

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EIN Blog, 21st September 2020

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Legal challenge halts G4S Wellingborough ‘mega prison’ contract – BBC News

Posted August 27th, 2020 in contracting out, news, prisons, tenders by sally

‘Plans to award a £300m “mega prison” contract to the security company G4S have been halted because of a legal challenge, the BBC understands.’

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BBC News, 27th August 2020

Source: www.bbc.co.uk