GPS tracking of offenders delayed by further 12 months – The Guardian

‘The introduction of the next generation of GPS tracking of offenders, including convicted paedophiles, has been delayed for at least another 12 months, the Ministry of Justice has announced.’

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The Guardian, 14th July 2015

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Self-harm, drug-taking and sexual abuse more common in privately run prisons, new figures show – The Independent

Posted April 7th, 2015 in contracting out, drug abuse, news, prisons, self-harm, sexual offences by sally

‘Twenty-five years after the first private facility opened in Britain, private jails are performing far worse than government-operated facilities on at least a dozen counts. They account for a higher proportion of fighting, sexual assaults, drug-taking, self-harming, hunger strikes, and prisoner escapes than public-sector prisons, according to an analysis by The Independent on Sunday of new government statistics.’

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The Independent, 5th April 2015

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Home Office wins £224m e-Borders appeal – BBC News

Posted February 18th, 2015 in appeals, arbitration, contracting out, contracts, damages, immigration, news by sally

‘The Home Office has won its appeal against an order to pay £224m to a US defence firm over the cancellation of a secure borders contract.’

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BBC News, 17th February 2015

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Chief prison inspector calls for review of super-jails – The Guardian

Posted February 18th, 2015 in contracting out, news, prisons by sally

‘The chief inspector of prisons has called for a full review of the lessons learned from the opening of the troubled G4S-run Oakwood prison before any more “supersized” jails are opened.’

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The Guardian, 18th February 2015

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Charities in front seat of new reoffending drive – Ministry of Justice

Posted December 19th, 2014 in charities, contracting out, news, probation, recidivists, rehabilitation by sally

‘The government fired the starting gun today [18 December] on making key reforms to the way ex-offenders are looked after in the community, in an effort to tackle stubbornly high reoffending rates in England and Wales.’

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Ministry of Justice, 18th December 2014

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Probation privatisation judicial review dropped by union – BBC News

Posted December 9th, 2014 in contracting out, news, probation, trade unions by sally

‘A legal challenge to government plans to privatise parts of the probation service has been called off by the union representing probation staff.’

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BBC News, 8th December 2014

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Probation changes linked to murders – BBC News

Posted December 2nd, 2014 in contracting out, murder, news, probation, trade unions by sally

‘Changes to the way offenders are supervised in England and Wales may have contributed to two murders, says the probation officers’ union.’

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BBC News, 2nd December 2014

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Constructing safety nets – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted November 18th, 2014 in construction industry, contracting out, guarantees, insolvency, news by sally

‘Notwithstanding the economic upturn, many UK contractors are still tendering for work at negative margins; sustaining losses; and arguably operating one major dispute away from the brink. This article examines the common forms of security used by employers to safeguard performance by contractors, and/or protect against insolvency, and considers the degree of comfort they afford.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 16th October 2014

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Voluntary sector at forefront of new fight against reoffending – Ministry of Justice

Posted October 30th, 2014 in charities, contracting out, news, probation, recidivists, rehabilitation by sally

‘A major step towards completing the government’s crucial rehabilitation reforms was taken today, as the organisations that will play a key role in turning round the lives of offenders were announced.’

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Ministry of Justice, 29th October 2014

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Probation union launches legal challenge over government reforms – BBC News

Posted October 30th, 2014 in contracting out, news, probation, trade unions by sally

‘A legal challenge to government plans to privatise some probation services in England and Wales has been launched by the probation officers’ union Napo.’

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BBC News, 30th October 2014

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Q&A: Probation reforms explained – BBC News

Posted October 30th, 2014 in charities, contracting out, news, probation, rehabilitation by sally

‘In June the government put into force plans to change the way the probation service runs, and forged ahead with proposals to privatise parts of it. But why are some people unhappy about this?’

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BBC News, 29th October 2014

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Six out of 10 prisoners freed from short jail sentences re-offend within a year – Daily Telegraph

‘More than 17,000 prisoners released into the community after serving short jail terms went on to commit new crimes last year, official figures have shown.’

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Daily Telegraph, 24th October 2014

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Drivers may be able to reclaim millions in unfair parking fines – The Independent

‘Motorists could demand the refund of more than £100m in parking fines, after what experts described as an “explosive” tribunal ruling left local government traffic officials in “absolute panic”.’

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The Independent, 21st September 2014

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Care workers take Hampshire home employers to tribunal over pay and working hours – The Guardian

‘Eleven female carers to the elderly are taking their employers to a tribunal claiming they were only paid by the minutes they spent with clients rather than their rostered working hours. The staff, who were on zero-hours contracts, allege that, due to the arrangements, they were paid less than the minimum wage of £6.31 an hour. It is understood that some of the employees at Apex Care in Romsey, Hampshire, where the firm was commissioned to provide the home care service by the council, believe their real hourly wage was close to £3.50.’

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The Guardian, 17th August 2014

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Greenwich Millennium Village Ltd v Essex Services Group plc and others – WLR Daily

Greenwich Millennium Village Ltd v Essex Services Group plc and others: [2014] EWCA Civ 960; [2014] WLR (D) 309

‘A contractor (the respondent) to which building work had been subcontracted which it had in turn subcontracted to another contractor (the appellant) which undertook to indemnify the respondent against liability for the appellant’s negligence was not prevented by its own negligence from enforcing the indemnity clause.’

WLR Daily, 11th July 2014

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Probation service in chaos as systems wipe offenders’ data – The Independent

‘Britain’s probation service is in chaos after a series of crippling computer failures over the past three weeks, with thousands of offenders’ case files lost, frozen or wiped.’

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The Independent, 22nd June 2014

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Watchdog attacks the government’s handling ‘fiasco’ of disability payouts – The Guardian

Posted June 20th, 2014 in benefits, budgets, contracting out, disabled persons, news by tracey

‘The government’s handling of personal independence payments (Pips) has been “nothing short of a fiasco” that has caused distress to thousands of sick and disabled people, parliament’s public spending watchdog has found.’

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The Guardian, 20th June 2014

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Requirement to work in different location not pre-2014 TUPE “workforce” change, says EAT – OUT-LAW.com

‘Employees who were required to work in a different location after their work was outsourced were not exempted from legal protections aimed at such workers under pre-2014 rules, the UK’s employment appeal tribunal (EAT) has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 21st May 2014

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Solicitors and probation workers to strike over plans – BBC News

‘Solicitors and probation officers in England and Wales are staging joint action against changes introduced by the Ministry of Justice.’

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BBC News, 31st March 2014

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G4S repays UK government £108.9m after tagging scandal – BBC News

‘Troubled security firm G4S has agreed to repay £108.9m plus tax to the UK government after overcharging on contracts to tag offenders.’

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BBC News, 12th March 2014

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