Increase in serious crimes by offenders on probation, figures show – The Guardian

‘There has been an increase in serious crimes committed by offenders under supervision in the community since the controversial privatisation of the probation service, figures suggest. The number of offenders on probation charged with murder, manslaughter, rape and other serious violent or sexual crimes has risen by more than 25% since changes to the service in England and Wales.’

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The Guardian, 2nd August 2017

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Ministers ‘sneak out’ plans to privatise collection of court fines – The Independent

Posted August 2nd, 2017 in contracting out, courts, enforcement, fines, news by tracey

‘Plans to outsource the collection of court fines have been “snuck out” by the government, putting 150 civil service jobs at risk. HM Courts & Tribunals Service said it was in talks with “providers”, adding that the move would save millions of pounds.’

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The Independent, 1st August 2017

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Issues highlighted by GB Building Ltd v SFS Fire Services Ltd – Hardwicke Chambers

‘Practical completion is a key concept in any construction project. It has a significant impact on a party’s rights and obligations, and represents a major milestone in the overall project timetable. Under the majority of construction projects, it marks the point at which the clock starts running for the overall transfer of risk from the contractor to the owner.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 30th June 2017

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Privatised probation programme ‘could be dropped with negligible impact’ – The Guardian

‘A key part of the government’s probation privatisation reforms could be dropped tomorrow without any impact on the resettlement of prisoners, a joint report by the chief inspectors of probation and prisons has warned.’

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The Guardian, 21st June 2017

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Council hit with £100k fine after cyber attack during IT outsourcing – Local Government Lawyer

‘A city council has been hit with a £100,000 monetary penalty after leaving employees’ personal information vulnerable to a cyber attacker who exploited a flaw in the authority’s website.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th June 2017

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Judge dismisses prosecution of taxi company over cross-border bookings – Local Government Lawyer

‘A taxi firm did not break the law when an automated booking system allocated a customer enquiry in one local authority area to a cab owned by the same firm but licensed by a neighbouring council.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 6th June 2017

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Crackdown on ‘disguised self-employment’ behind increased HMRC payroll tax take, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

‘HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) collected an additional £705 million in tax from investigations into companies’ payroll taxes last year, almost half of which was collected from small or medium-sized businesses (SMEs), according to new figures.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 4th April 2017

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Two firms face charges over death of man in UK detention centre – The Guardian

‘Two private firms will face criminal charges over the death of a man in a British immigration detention centre.’

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The Guardian, 4th April 2017

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Private companies could pull out of probation contracts over costs – The Guardian

‘Two of the private companies that provide 50% of probation services in England and Wales have confirmed to MPs they will have to consider quitting if a Ministry of Justice review fails to deliver improvements.’

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The Guardian, 21st March 2017

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NHS misplaced half a million patient documents – BBC News

Posted February 27th, 2017 in contracting out, documents, health, medical records, news, postal service by tracey

‘Thousands of NHS patients may have come to harm because of an administrative mix-up, says NHS England. Some 500,000 documents containing medical information, including cancer test results, were mistakenly put in storage rather than being sent to the GP or filed in the patients’ records.’

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BBC News, 27th February 2017

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Privatisation of probation service has left public at greater risk – report – The Guardian

Posted December 15th, 2016 in contracting out, criminal justice, news, probation, reports by tracey

‘The public have been left more at risk by the privatisation of the probation service with some offenders not seen for weeks or months and others lost in the system altogether, according to an official watchdog.’

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The Guardian, 15th December 2016

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Liz Truss calls for rapid completion of probation privatisation review – The Guardian

Posted December 7th, 2016 in contracting out, news, probation by tracey

‘The justice secretary, Liz Truss, has ordered the rapid completion of an official review into the failing performance of the government’s privatisation of the probation service.’

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The Guardian, 6th December 2016

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High Court clarifies the position as regards claiming damages based on an extrapolated sample – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 21st, 2016 in contracting out, contracts, damages, news, roads, statistics by sally

‘A recent High Court decision will provide helpful guidance to parties that elect to use statistical sampling and extrapolation as a means to demonstrate entitlement to substantial damages.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 21st November 2016

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High Court challenge over award of helpline contract to G4S fails – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 6th, 2016 in contracting out, contracts, equality, law centres, news, telecommunications by tracey

‘The Law Centres Network (LCN) has lost its bid to prevent G4S being awarded a government contract to run the Equality Advisory Support Service (EASS) helpline.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 6th October 2016

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G4S equality helpline contract raises serious concern, high court told – The Guardian

‘Awarding global security firm G4S the contract to run a national discrimination helpline raises “serious and legitimate grounds for concern” and risks undermining the service’s credibility, the high court has been told. A judicial review challenge supported by human rights groups and the Law Centres Network has called on the government to delay transferring operation of the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS) to G4S.’

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The Guardian, 29th September 2016

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Police to hire law firms to tackle cyber criminals in radical pilot project – The Guardian

‘Private law firms will be hired by police to pursue criminal suspects for profit, under a radical new scheme to target cyber criminals and fraudsters.’

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The Guardian, 14th August 2016

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Inside the UK’s biggest prison – BBC News

‘By the end of this year, HMP Oakwood in Staffordshire will be the largest prison in the UK, with more than 2,000 inmates. Run by private firm G4S, Oakwood’s reputation was dented in 2014 when a wing in the prison was taken over by inmates. Sima Kotecha has been inside.’

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BBC News, 27th July 2016

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Defence firms claimed £61m of ‘non-allowable’ costs, says watchdog – BBC News

Posted July 14th, 2016 in armed forces, contracting out, contracts, costs, defence, expenses, news by tracey

‘Defence companies have claimed £61m of expenditure from the taxpayer that was “potentially” not allowed under contract rules, a watchdog has said.’

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BBC News, 14th July 2016

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The Armed Services and the Conflict of Laws: What Law Applies to Services Personnel Injured Abroad? – Old Square Chambers

‘In Rai v Ministry of Defence (HH Judge Mark Gargan sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge, judgment handed down on 9 May 2016), the Court had to determine whether the Rome II Regulation 864/2007 applied and to identify what was the proper law of the tort (Alberta law being the law of the place of the accident, or English law). The Claimant was a serving Ghurkha who, as part of Adventurous Training, was sent to Canada. In Canada he received training provided by a Canadian company (“Lazy H Trail Limited”) contracted to provide services, under a contract governed by Alberta law, for the benefit of the British Army. The circumstances of the accident were that the Claimant was kicked by a horse on the first day of training, as he attempted to clean the horse’s hoof, thereby suffering a head injury. The Claimant brought a claim for breach of a non-delegable duty of care in negligence against the Ministry of Defence.’

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Old Square Chambers, 16th June 2016

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Yarl’s Wood detention centre staff replaced by ‘self-service kiosks’ – The Guardian

Posted July 8th, 2016 in budgets, contracting out, detention, immigration, news by sally

‘Staff are being replaced by “self-service kiosks” at the troubled Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre as the main way of driving through a £42m cut in the costs of a new Home Office contract to run the centre, it has been disclosed.’

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The Guardian, 7th July 2016

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