UK Justice Policy Review
Professor Tim Hope argues that the most surprising thing about recent revelations that the police fiddle crime figures is that it should have come as any surprise at all.
The Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, has announced that the 'corporate renewal plan' embarked on by private security firm G4S 'represents the right direction of travel' to meet the government's expectations as a customer.
Richard Garside summarises the early developments in the coalition government's ambitious and controversial Universal Credit programme.
The House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee has criticised the Department for Work and Pensions for hampering its inquiry into the roll-out of the Universal Credit. According to the Financial Times (free registration required), the Department failed to provide 'accurate, timely and detailed information' to the Committee.
A new report from the House of Commons Public Administration Committee claims that there is strong evidence that the police are under-recording crimes, with numerical targets giving officers a perverse incentive to mis-record offences.
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 in a new report.
Police in England and Wales used tasers more than 10,000 in 2013, The Guardian reports, an increase of 27 per cent in a year.
Figures from the annual Police use of taser statistics also show that taser use has increased dramatically year on year since 2009, when they were used just over 3,000 times.
A new joint report by the Probation and Police Inspectorates on integrated offender management (PDF, new window) has concluded that it is 'a promising approach'.
In their joint forward Paul McDowell and Tom Winsor, HM Chief Inspectors of Probation and Constabulary respectively, wrote:
The Department for Work and Pensions has today announced the cancellation of the troubled Atos Work Capability Assessement contract via Twitter.
Today we are announcing we are seeking a new provider to replace Atos for the Work Capability Assessment
— DWP Press Office (@dwppressoffice) March 27, 2014