G4S children's prison staff suspended over abuse claims

Seven staff members at a G4S run children's prison in Kent have been suspended over claims they violently abused children at the facility, the BBC reports.

The revelations come from an undercover investigation by BBC's Panorama into Medway Secure Training Centre in Rochester. The allegations relate to ten boys aged 14 to 17 and are being investigated by Kent police.

Alleged abuses by staff include:

Whitehall can't scrutinise over £20 billion of outsourcing contracts

Two thirds of the £35 billion worth of government contracts held by private companies can't be scrutinised properly by Whitehall, reports The Guardian. The figures come from a National Audit Office report published today which surveyed government contracts worth more than £1 million. It found that only 31 per cent of contracts have a clause allowing the government to access data on profit margins. 


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