From the TUC

Probation service in chaos as privatisation goes ahead

The top of a judge's hammer with 'justice' written on it and a 'for sale' tag attached to it.

31 Oct 2014, by in Public services

The government has announced a list of the 21 ‘preferred bidders’ to run probation services as the new ‘Community Rehabilitation Companies’ or CRCs, replacing the former publicly-run Probation Trusts. CRCs will be responsible for low to medium risk offenders, comprising 70% of probation services, while high risk offenders will remain the responsibility of the much-reduced…

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Private Members’ Bill provides opportunity to raise pressure on government over NHS privatisation

Philip Hadley

29 Oct 2014, by in Public services

The National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill, a Private Members Bill promoted by the Labour MP for Eltham, Clive Efford, is having its Second Reading in the House of Commons on the 21st November. The Bill offers an opportunity for MPs and campaigners to raise the pressure on the government over its reorganisation of…

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Invest now in new low carbon power capacity

Philip Pearson

28 Oct 2014, by in Uncategorized

Unions are highlighting the “chronic need” to invest now in generating capacity following National Grid’s bleak Winter Outlook for UK power supplies. Six generation plants have become unavailable due to closure or unexpected events (Ferrybridge, Barking, Ironbridge) or are uncertain to supply this winter (Heysham, Hartlepool, Ferrybridge). Meanwhile, the Bank of England has written to…

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As good as it gets?

Geoff Tily

28 Oct 2014, by in Uncategorized

Plainly it is important not to overdo a slowdown in GDP growth to 0.7 per cent from 0.9 per cent. But as one of a number of indicators that have come off the boil, and given an apparent and wider shift of sentiment in markets, the sum of the parts is of interest. If momentum…

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The curious question of who’s in favour of ISDS?

Owen Tudor

27 Oct 2014, by in International

Another day, another trade agreement, another argument about Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS), the process by which foreign investors get to seek compensation if the actions of elected governments aren’t in the interests of those investors (never mind whether they’re in the interests of the people who elected the governments!) Last Thursday, Singapore blew the European Commission’s cover.…

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