Home Office outsourcing to ‘exploitative’ contractor must be reviewed, say MPs and lawyers – The Independent

‘MPs and lawyers have called for an urgent review into outsourced immigration services after it emerged Home Office profits on UK visas had surged by millions of pounds a week since visa operations were contracted to a private firm accused of exploiting applicants.’

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The Independent, 18th August 2019

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Jihadi Jack’s parents brand Sajid Javid a ‘coward’ over revoked citizenship – BBC News

‘The parents of a UK-Canadian man who joined the Islamic State group have said former Home Secretary Sajid Javid is a “coward” for revoking his British citizenship.’

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BBC News, 18th August 2019

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Immigration centre abuse inquiry must be held in public, court says – The Guardian

‘The Court of Appeal has rejected an application by the Home Office to conduct an inquiry into claims of systemic abuse at an immigration detention centre in private, rejecting the claims that public hearings would be prohibitively expensive.’

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The Guardian, 8th August 2019

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Complaints by female and BAME military staff a ‘serious concern’ – BBC News

‘A “disproportionate” number of female and ethnic minority personnel in the armed forces file internal complaints, MPs have said.’

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BBC News, 7th August 2019

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Ministry consults on implementing decision to end ‘no-fault’ evictions – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has launched a consultation on implementing the government’s decision to remove section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 and improving section 8 eviction grounds.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 23rd July 2019

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Minister urged to intervene over Feltham youth jail violence – The Guardian

‘Urgent intervention is needed at Feltham young offender institution, the chief inspector of prisons has warned, after a review uncovered rocketing levels of violence and self-harm.’

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The Guardian, 24th July 2019

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Home Office used ‘confused, misleading, incomplete and unsafe’ evidence to revoke visas of tens of thousands of international students, report finds – The Independent

‘Tens of thousands of international students had their visas revoked after the Home Office used “confused, misleading, incomplete and unsafe” evidence, MPs have said. The department ignored expert advice and relied on “dodgy” evidence when it accused almost 34,000 students of cheating in English language tests in 2015, according to a new report published by the all-party parliamentary group (APPG) on the Test of English for International Communication (Toeic).’

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The Independent, 18th July 2019

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Home Office accused of covering up plight of hundreds of trafficking victims wrongly detained in immigration centres – The Independent

‘The Home Office has been accused of covering up the plight of hundreds of modern slavery victims after it was forced to disclose data it previously claimed to have “no record” of.’

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The Independent, 16th July 2019

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Flawed Home Office app stops EU citizen getting settled status – The Guardian

Posted July 15th, 2019 in brexit, citizenship, computer programs, government departments, news by tracey

‘EU citizens who have been in the UK for fewer than five years and apply to remain in the UK after Brexit face further uncertainty because of a flaw in the Home Office phone app, it has emerged.’

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The Guardian, 15th July 2019

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UK farmer loses high court fight to stop alpaca being killed – The Guardian

Posted July 10th, 2019 in animals, government departments, health, news by sally

‘An alpaca farmer has lost a high court battle to prevent one of her prized animals from being killed.’

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The Guardian, 9th July 2019

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Robots Over Rationality? The Use of Algorithms to Assess Visa Applications – Drystone Chambers

‘Traffic light coding has been used to determine green ‘low risk’ applications with ‘positive attributes and evidence of compliance’, amber ‘medium risk’ ‘with limited evidence or equally balanced evidence of negative and positive attributes so potential for refusal’ and red ‘high risk applications, appearing to have a greater likelihood of refusal because of the individual’s circumstances’. The coding is based on responses to a set of yes or no questions.’

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Drystone Chambers, 24th June 2019

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Governance under the spotlight – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 2nd, 2019 in auditors, government departments, local government, news, standards by sally

‘As Roman satirist Juvenal was always asking down the pub: ‘Sed quis custodiet ipsos custodes?’ (But who guards the guards themselves?). For the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) the answer is the redoubtable House of Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC).’

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Law Society's Gazette, 1st July 2019

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Home Office to lift cap on ‘inadequate’ help for trafficking victims – The Independent

‘The Home Office has been accused of “failing for years” in its legal obligation to support victims of trafficking after ministers admitted current provision falls short of what is needed.’

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The Independent, 1st July 2019

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Universal credit adverts from government ‘deliberately misleading’, say charities – The Independent

‘A coalition of more than 80 benefit charities has submitted a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority over government ads for Universal Credit which they claim are “deliberately misleading”.’

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The Independent, 19th June 2019

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‘Discredited’ test used on two in five Syrian asylum seekers in UK – The Guardian

Posted June 18th, 2019 in asylum, examinations, government departments, immigration, news by tracey

‘Almost two in five Syrian asylum seekers were made to take a widely criticised language test to prove their nationality, the Guardian can reveal. Campaigners and experts have criticised the Home Office for the widespread use of language analysis on those claiming to have fled Syria, describing it as “pseudoscience” and a political tool to exclude migrants.’

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The Guardian, 17th June 2019

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Sajid Javid’s decision to strip Shamima Begum of her citizenship questioned by one of UK’s most senior judges – Daily Telegraph

‘One of Britain’s most senior judges has called into question Sajid Javid’s decision to strip Isil bride Shamima Begum of her British citizenship.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th June 2019

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Gay rugby player facing deportation to Kenya gets reprieve from Home Office – The Independent

‘A gay rugby player has been given a reprieve from deportation to Kenya after losing his legal battle and being ordered to leave the UK.’

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The Independent, 6th June 2019

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Home Secretary: EU Settlement Scheme is performing well – Home Office

‘Home Secretary Sajid Javid has confirmed that more than 750,000 applications have now been received for the EU Settlement Scheme.’

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Home Office, 30th May 2019

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Secret ‘Torture Loophole’ Raises Serious Questions For Government, MP David Davis And Barrister Say – Rights Info

‘The government must be asked “serious questions” on how a secret policy allowing ministers to approve actions that could lead to torture was signed off, a leading QC and Tory MP have said.’

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Rights Info, 20th May 2019

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Arriva takes UK to court over East Midlands rail franchise – The Guardian

‘Chris Grayling’s embattled transport ministry faces a second legal challenge over the way the East Midlands rail franchise was awarded, from Arriva Rail, owned by Germany’s state-backed Deutsche Bahn.’

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The Guardian, 12th May 2019

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