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Philip Hadley's Articles

Prison reform will fail unless safety and staff retention addressed, says Justice Committee

23 May 2016, by in Public services

An action plan is “urgently needed to reverse…[the]…rapid deterioration” in prison safety, concludes a new report by the House of Commons Justice Committee. Published just prior to the government’s Queen’s Speech announcement of a major overhaul of prison services, the report issues a serious warning that unless the decline in prison safety is reversed, new…

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Unaccountable providers, service chaos, workforce pushed to the limit: Probation after the ‘reforms’

11 May 2016, by in Public services

A new report by the National Audit Office (NAO) has found that the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) does not know how well the companies responsible for running probation services are performing, due to “limitations around data quality and availability.” The findings follow controversial government reforms, in which 70 percent of probation services were privatised to…

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New MoJ figures reveal assault on access to justice, as spending cuts caused huge drop in legal aid work

03 Jul 2015, by in Public services

The implementation of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) has resulted in “large reductions in legal help workload and expenditure”, reveal new Ministry of Justice (MoJ) statistics. The statistics reveal that government reforms and spending cuts have led directly to a large reduction in civil legal aid workload (in both…

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Rail privatisation figures: fares up, costs up

04 Jun 2015, by in Public services

New figures released by the Office for Rail and Road (ORR) last week revealed that since privatisation took effect, ticket prices have skyrocketed, with much of the rise happening in unregulated fares – so-called ‘stealth increases’. Between 1995 and 2015 fares rose across all ticket types (including both unregulated and regulated tickets), by an average…

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