Grayling rules out privatised courts – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 12th, 2014 in contracting out, costs, courts, fees, news, probation by tracey

‘Privatising the courts service is not on the government’s agenda, Chris Grayling, the justice secretary, told a free-market thinktank today.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 11th March 2014

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

G4S may still face criminal proceedings over tagging scandal – justice secretary – The Guardian

‘G4S, the troubled giant private security company, still faces the possibility of criminal proceedings over its alleged overcharging of at least £24m on electronic tagging and prisoner escort contracts, the justice secretary, Chris Grayling, has said. His reminder comes as G4S makes a concerted attempt to have the current ban on bidding for fresh government contracts lifted.’

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The Guardian, 11th March 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Watchdog seeks greater clarity over public sector suppliers’ FOI responsibilities – OUT-LAW.com

‘The contracts agreed between public sector bodies and their suppliers should be “more explicit” about which one of the organisations holds information for the purposes of compliance with freedom of information (FOI) rules, the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 6th March 2014

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Hundreds of probation officers appeal against new jobs – BBC News

Posted February 18th, 2014 in appeals, contracting out, news, probation, trade unions by sally

‘Hundreds of probation officers have appealed against the jobs assigned to them under a new system due to contract out most probation work from next year.’

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BBC News, 18th February 2014

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Trade unions challenge coalition sell-off of Britain’s probation service – The Guardian

Posted February 11th, 2014 in contracting out, international law, news, probation, trade unions by tracey

‘Government plans to privatise the probation service amount to a breach of the international laws on forced labour, according to a union legal challenge that is being launched on Monday.’

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The Guardian, 10th February 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Justice secretary puts back probation service privatisation deadline – The Guardian

Posted January 21st, 2014 in contracting out, delay, news, probation by sally

‘The justice secretary, Chris Grayling, has announced a two-month delay in the timetable for privatising 70% of the probation service after his most senior officials advised there would be public safety issues if he pressed full steam ahead.’

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The Guardian, 20th January 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Supervision of high-risk criminals will not be handed to private sector – The Guardian

Posted January 14th, 2014 in contracting out, news, probation by tracey

‘The supervision of high-risk criminals who have committed notorious offences that have attracted significant and prolonged media attention will not be handed to the private sector when 70% of the probation service is outsourced this year.’

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The Guardian, 13th January 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

New payment card data security standards finalised – OUT-LAW.com

“Retailers, banks and other companies involved in processing credit and debit card payments will be subject to a new set of data security requirements from January, the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) has announced.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 8th November 2013

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Probation officers strike in protest at privatisation plans – The Guardian

Posted November 5th, 2013 in contracting out, industrial action, news, probation, Serious Fraud Office by sally

“Thousands of probation officers across England and Wales are due to stage a 24-hour strike from midday on Tuesday in protest at plans to privatise 70% of their work.”

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The Guardian, 5th November 2013

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

NCVO report attacks ‘crude’ implementation of payment by results contracts – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 31st, 2013 in charities, contracting out, contracts, news, public procurement, reports by michael

“There is general support among charities for ‘payment by results’ but its implementation has often been ‘crude’ and ‘seriously flawed’, a report for the National Council for Voluntary Organisations has argued.”

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Local Government Lawyer, 30th October 2013

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Chris Grayling told to delay probation service privatisation or risk deaths – The Guardian

Posted October 29th, 2013 in contracting out, news, probation, rehabilitation by sally

“Three leading figures in the probation service have warned the justice secretary, Chris Grayling, he must delay his probation service privatisation plan for at least six months or face inevitable protection failures and risks to public safety, the Guardian has learned.”

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The Guardian, 28th October 2013

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School swimming lessons – Education Law Blog

“Earlier this week the Supreme Court gave judgment in Woodland v Essex County Council [2013] UKSC 66. The case is important because it extends the circumstances in which schools and local authorities will be liable for injuries to the children in their care that are caused by negligence.”

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Education Law Blog, 26th October 2013

Source: www.education11kbw.com

Woodland (Appellant) v Essex County Council (Respondent) – Supreme Court

Woodland (Appellant) v Essex County Council (Respondent) [2013] UKSC 66 | UKSC 2012/0093 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 23rd October 2013

Source: www.youtube.com/user/UKSupremeCourt

Woodland v Swimming Teachers Association and others – WLR Daily

Woodland v Swimming Teachers Association and others [2013] UKSC 66; [2013] WLR (D) 403

“The essential feature of a non-delegable duty of reasonable care was that a defendant had control over a vulnerable claimant for the purpose of performing a function for which the defendant had assumed responsibility.”

WLR Daily, 23rd October 2013

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

The Supreme Court ruling in Woodland v Essex County Council: the reaction – Local Government Lawyer

“The relationship between public bodies and independent contractors has been thrown into sharp relief by yesterday’s Supreme Court judgment in the Woodland case. Local Government Lawyer looks at the reaction to the ruling.”

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Local Government Lawyer, 24th October 2013

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Probation officers vote to strike in protest at privatisation – The Guardian

Posted October 21st, 2013 in contracting out, industrial action, news, probation, trade unions by sally

“Probation officers have voted by an overwhelming majority to go on strike in protest at government plans to privatise the service.”

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The Guardian, 18th October 2013

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Privatisation of probation service will ‘put public at risk’ – The Independent

Posted September 19th, 2013 in contracting out, demonstrations, news, probation by sally

“Thousands of probation workers will join nationwide protests today to claim that public safety will be jeopardised by the Government’s plans to transfer the community supervision of most former offenders to private companies.”

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The Independent, 19th September 2013

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Council wins appeal over job titles of attendees at law firm meeting – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 16th, 2013 in appeals, contracting out, data protection, disclosure, local government, news, privacy by tracey

“A council has won an appeal over whether it was required – following an FOI request – to disclose the job titles of junior officers attending a meeting at a law firm to discuss a major outsourcing project.”

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Local Government Lawyer, 13th September 2013

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Robbing Peter to Profit Paul – CrimeLine

Posted September 9th, 2013 in contracting out, costs, evidence, forensic science, legal aid, news, police by tracey

“In December 2010 the government announced plans to close the Forensic Science Service (FSS). The FSS was the primary source of forensic expertise to prosecution authorities, and a major provider of expertise to defence lawyers – demonstrating a world class position as provider of impartial evidence to the criminal justice system. Whilst at the time of closure there was already an increasing move to outsourcing services to private forensic providers, the bulk of market share was taken by the FSS, meaning that private providers had little commercial clout. Since the demise of the FSS the position has shifted and power is split between the buyers of services (primarily the police) and the private providers. One matter of grave concern at the moment is in relation to accessing forensic material.”

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CrimeLine, 9th September 2013

Source: www.crimeline.info

TUPE reforms “eliminate unnecessary gold plating”, says expert, but service provision change rules remain – OUT-LAW.com

“Changes to the regime governing protections for employees whose contracts are transferred to a new employer ‘go a long way towards eliminating the unnecessary gold plating’ that has made the rules such a headache for employers, an expert has said.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 6th September 2013

Source: www.out-law.com