Troubled families programme likely to miss targets

The government's troubled families programme is likely to miss its target to 'turn around' 120,000  so-called troubled families, the influential House of Commons Public Accounts Select Committee argues...

8 April 2014

Ineffective police response towards domestic violence

A critical report by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary says that victims of domestic violence faced a 'lottery' in the way they are treated. Theresa May, Home Secretary, has called for a 'radical change', saying that she would chair a group to consider the findings of the report,...

27 March 2014

Spending on youth services drops by 36%

Following a Freedom of Information request, BBC Radio 4 reports that the amount spent by councils on services for young people fell, in real terms, from £1.2bn in 2010-2011, to £791m in 2012-2013. The decision to move...

25 March 2014

Government guarantees private prisons will not face closure

Government ministers and civil servants reguarly extol the virtues of a 'level playing field' when it comes to the delivery of public services. Neither the public, private nor voluntary sectors should have an unfair advantage when it comes to competing on cost, quality or delivery,...

18 March 2014

Disabled left waiting up to six months for their benefits

MPs have called for penalties to be invoked against  Atos Healthcare and Capital Business Services for their delays in assessing disabled and sick people's entitlements to Personal Independence Payments (PIPs).

The House of Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee cited figures showing...

18 March 2014

The great criminal justice contracts monopoly

'Government spends £187 billion on goods and services with third parties each year, around half of which is estimated to be on contracted out services'. So claims a report by the...

17 March 2014