HMP Styal: Prisoner who had stillborn baby ‘will never forgive jail’ – BBC News

Posted January 11th, 2022 in birth, news, ombudsmen, pregnancy, prisons by tracey

‘A prisoner who gave birth to a stillborn baby in the toilet of a cell has said she “will never forgive the prison” for the “horror death”. Louise Powell, 31, who did not know she was pregnant, said she begged for an ambulance before her baby died at HMP Styal in Cheshire in 2020. She told BBC Newsnight she was left alone when she was “crying for help”.
The Prisons and Probations Ombudsman found there were “missed opportunities” to identify her urgent clinical needs.’

Full Story

BBC News, 11th January 2022

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Ombudsman recommends county council pay nearly £7k after boy left without education for two years – Local Government Lawyer

‘A boy with special education needs who received “virtually no” education for two years should be given £6,900 in compensation by Suffolk County Council, an investigation by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has recommended.’

Full Story

Local Government Lawyer, 7th January 2022

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

UK data watchdog seeks talks with Meta over child protection concerns -The Guardian

Posted January 10th, 2022 in children, data protection, internet, news, ombudsmen, privacy by tracey

‘The UK’s data watchdog is seeking clarification from Mark Zuckerberg’s Meta about parental controls on its popular virtual reality headset, as campaigners warned that it could breach an online children’s safety code.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 9th January 2022

Source: www.theguardian.com

London borough’s housing allocation policy in breach of Equality Act, Ombudsman finds – Local Government Lawyer

‘A mother of two disabled children has successfully brought a complaint against Greenwich Council after a Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman investigation found the local authority’s social housing allocation policy disadvantaged the family.’

Full Story

Local Government Lawyer, 6th January 2022

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Standard Chartered fined £46.5m by Bank of England for misreporting liquidity – The Independent

Posted December 20th, 2021 in banking, fines, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘The Bank of England has fined banking giant Standard Chartered £46.55 million for misreporting its liquidity position and controls failures.’

Full Story

The Independent, 20th December 2021

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Home Office facing legal action over rights of 2.5 million EU nationals – The Independent

Posted December 15th, 2021 in brexit, citizenship, government departments, immigration, judicial review, news, ombudsmen by tracey

‘The Home Office is facing legal action over its treatment of millions of EU nationals in the UK.’

Full Story

The Independent, 14th December 2021

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Parcel firms face new rules to improve customer service – The Independent

‘The watchdog unveiled plans to impose new rules on the sector, requiring companies to treat their customers more fairly, following a damning study.’

Full Story

The Independent, 9th December 2021

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 8th December 2021

Source: www.theguardian.com

UK competition watchdog orders Facebook owner to sell gif website Giphy – The Guardian

Posted December 1st, 2021 in advertising, competition, internet, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘Facebook parent company Meta has been ordered by the UK competition watchdog to sell the gif creation website Giphy, the first time the regulator has moved to block a deal struck by one of the Silicon Valley giants.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 30th November 2021

Source: www.theguardian.com

Stricter curbs on MPs’ second jobs to be backed by standards watchdog, piling pressure on Boris Johnson – The Independent

‘Stricter curbs on MPs taking second jobs will be proposed by a Commons watchdog, piling pressure on Boris Johnson to act and putting him on a fresh collision course with his own MPs.’

Full Story

The Independent, 29th November 2021

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Cosmetic surgery ads aimed at under-18s to be banned in UK – The Guardian

Posted November 25th, 2021 in advertising, children, consultations, cosmetic surgery, news, ombudsmen, young persons by sally

‘Cosmetic surgery clinics are to be banned from targeting adverts for procedures such as breast enlargement, nose jobs and liposuction at under-18s, in a crackdown by the UK advertising watchdog.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 25th November 2021

Source: www.theguardian.com

Watchdog overturns ban on advert of Land Rover in forest – The Guardian

Posted November 24th, 2021 in advertising, complaints, coronavirus, environmental protection, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘Environmental campaigners have accused the UK advertising watchdog of bias for overturning a draft ruling that banned adverts for a mud-splattered Land Rover Defender off-roader after previously saying it encouraged “socially irresponsible” driving that could “cause damage to vulnerable habitats”.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 24th November 2021

Source: www.theguardian.com

London borough to pay £8k+ after family remained in unsuitable accommodation for 23 months – Local Government Lawyer

‘The London Borough of Newham is to pay more than £8,000 to a mother of four after failing to move her and her family from “overcrowded and hazardous” accommodation for almost two years, following an investigation by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman.’

Full Story

Local Government Lawyer, 23rd November 2021

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Police must do more to help child sexual abuse survivors, says Rotherham report – The Guardian

‘Police must do more to support and listen to survivors of child sexual abuse, according to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), following a major investigation into South Yorkshire police’s response to allegations made in Rotherham.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 23rd November 2021

Source: www.theguardian.com

Loophole in the law leaves patients at risk of abuse and sexual assault – The Independent

‘A loophole in the law is leaving vulnerable patients at risk of abuse and sexual assault by unregulated private ambulance staff, The Independent can reveal. While many private ambulance providers are regulated, a small number, such as those providing services at events, those providing first aid, and those who are subcontracted, fall outside the reach of the Care Quality Commission (CQC).’

Full Story

The Independent, 14th November 2021

Source: www.independent.co.uk

‘No evidence’ that longer prison sentences will deter terrorists, watchdog warns – The Independent

‘There is “no evidence” that jailing terrorists for longer will deter them from planning terror attacks, a watchdog has warned.’

Full Story

The Independent, 10th November 2021

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Legal Ombudsman admits recovery will take longer than expected – Legal Futures

‘Performance at the Legal Ombudsman (LeO) will get worse before it gets better as the complaints-handler has admitted recovery will take longer than it anticipated.’

Full Story

Legal Futures, 8th November 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Police watchdog raises concern over ‘canteen culture’ WhatsApp groups where officers share racist and sexist messages – The Independent

‘A watchdog has issued a warning over police officers’ “unacceptable” use of WhatsApp to share sensitive operational information and discriminatory comments.’

Full Story

The Independent, 7th November 2021

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Watchdog stopped ministers breaching neutrality code in top BBC and BFI hires – The Guardian

‘A watchdog had to prevent ministers breaching a strict code on political neutrality and independence during the search for new chairs for the BBC and the British Film Institute (BFI), the Guardian can reveal.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 7th November 2021

Source: www.theguardian.com

Toughen up rules on ministers’ conduct, says standards watchdog – BBC News

‘The rules governing the conduct of ministers and senior civil servants need to be toughened up, according to a new report. The Committee on Standards in Public Life – which advises the PM on ethical standards – has been carrying out a review into processes in Westminster.’

Full Story

BBC News, 1st November 2021

Source: www.bbc.co.uk