Royal Mail fined record £50m by Ofcom – BBC News

Posted August 14th, 2018 in appeals, competition, fines, news, postal service by sally

‘The fine is for its actions in 2014 when Whistl, which was then known as TNT, was trying to become its first competitor in wholesale mail delivery.’

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BBC News, 14th August 2018

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Surrey ‘mailbag thief’ jailed in 1976 overturns conviction – BBC News

‘A man who served eight months in a youth jail for stealing mailbags in the 1970s has had his name cleared.’

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BBC News, 17th January 2018

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Royal Mail wins legal injunction to block strike – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 13th, 2017 in industrial action, injunctions, news, postal service by tracey

‘Royal Mail has won a High Court injunction preventing next week’s planned 48-hour strike by postal workers.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th October 2017

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HMRC steps up inquiry into employment status of Hermes couriers – The Guardian

‘HM Revenue & Customs has stepped up its investigation into the delivery company Hermes classifiying its couriers as self-employed, while the business has also been hit with an employment rights lawsuit from the GMB trade union.’

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The Guardian, 3rd May 2017

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Subpostmasters fight to clear names in theft and false accounting case – The Guardian

‘More than 1,000 subpostmasters who claim they were wrongly accused of theft or false accounting could join a class action against the Post Office to clear their names.’

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The Guardian, 9th April 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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Is employment law fit for the gig economy? – The Guardian

Posted September 13th, 2016 in employment, industrial action, news, postal service, remuneration, self-employment, taxis by sally

‘Protesting Uber drivers and Deliveroo couriers are classed as self-employed, and there are questions as to whether the law adequately protects such workers.’

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The Guardian, 13th September 2016

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Hermes may face HMRC investigation into allegations of low pay – The Guardian

‘The government has asked tax inspectors to consider investigating allegations of low pay by self-employed couriers working for the doorstep delivery company Hermes.’

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The Guardian, 11th September 2016

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Postman walks free after stealing 11,000 items of post over 22 years – Daily Telegraph

‘A postman who has stolen over 11,000 items of post since 1993 says he is “so sorry” for what he did.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th November 2015

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Prisoners’ legal letters opened by prison staff, admits ombudsman – The Guardian

Posted September 29th, 2015 in confidentiality, news, ombudsmen, postal service, prisons, privacy, privilege by sally

‘Prisoners’ confidential legal letters to and from their lawyers and the courts have been wrongly opened by prison staff in half of cases investigated by the prisons ombudsman in the past year.’

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The Guardian, 29th September 2015

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Ofcom rejects Royal Mail’s competition concerns – The Guardian

Posted December 2nd, 2014 in competition, news, ombudsmen, postal service by sally

‘Britain’s postal regulator Ofcom will not overhaul rules for direct mail delivery competition, dealing a blow to Royal Mail which has complained that rival offers will undermine its ability to deliver a nationwide service.’

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The Guardian, 2nd December 2014

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Britain First Rochester election mail leaflet dubbed illegal – BBC News

Posted November 3rd, 2014 in elections, freedom of expression, Islam, news, political parties, postal service by sally

‘Royal Mail has said it will not deliver a leaflet for the right wing party Britain First in the Rochester and Strood by-election because it believes it to be illegal.’

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BBC News, 31st October 2014

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Postman took millions meant for City firms – BBC News

Posted May 6th, 2014 in fraud, news, postal service, sentencing, theft by tracey

‘Ajaz Budi, 33, wept uncontrollably as he was sentenced at the Old Bailey for stealing cheques ranging from £50 to £110,000 at Mount Pleasant, London.’

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BBC News, 2nd May 2014

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Royal Mail worker jailed for terrorism offences – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 16th, 2013 in Islam, news, postal service, sentencing, telecommunications, terrorism by sally

“A man with links to radical Muslim preacher Anjem Choudary has been jailed for two years for terrorism offences.”

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Daily Telegraph, 15th July 2013

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Postman jailed for burying 30,000 letters in garden – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 18th, 2013 in arson, criminal damage, news, postal service, sentencing by sally

“A postman has been jailed for destroying almost 30,000 letters he should have pushed through letterboxes.”

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Daily Telegraph, 18th February 2013

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Victims ‘could report crimes at the Post Office’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 10th, 2013 in crime, news, police, postal service, reports, victims by sally

“Victims could report crimes at the Post Office as 65 front desks in police stations across the capital are closed amid sweeping budget cuts of more than £500 million.”

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Daily Telegraph, 9th January 2013

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Postal workers ‘need new law to stop dog attacks’ – BBC News

Posted November 23rd, 2012 in dogs, news, personal injuries, postal service by tracey

“The law in England and Wales offers ‘inadequate’ protection to postal workers who are attacked by dogs, a report says. The report, commissioned by Royal Mail, recommends a change in law to help deal with the owners of dogs who attack. The report points out that currently action cannot be taken if an attack takes place on private property.”

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BBC News, 23rd November 2012

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Might Royal Mail’s plans to leave post with a neighbour breach human rights? – The Guardian

Posted September 17th, 2012 in human rights, news, postal service, privacy by sally

“Joshua Rozenberg responds to a reader about whether proposals to leave undeliverable items with neighbours infringes privacy rights.”

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The Guardian, 17th September 2012

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Royal Mail staff given access to confidential medical details – The Independent

Posted September 10th, 2012 in benefits, confidentiality, documents, news, postal service by tracey

“Confidential medical information from sick and disabled people applying for welfare benefits is opened and sorted by Royal Mail staff on behalf of the Government without the claimant’s knowledge or consent, The Independent can reveal.”

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The Independent, 8th September 2012

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Manchester postman stole 70,000 items of mail – BBC News

Posted August 23rd, 2012 in news, postal service, sentencing, theft by sally

“A Manchester postman has been jailed for nine months after admitting stealing 70,000 items of post.”

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BBC News, 22nd August 2012

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