Care workers awarded £100,000 in back pay – but why is their NEW employer paying it?

How pleasant to see home carers being awarded the pay they are due! In a court victory, home care workers contracted by Haringey Council in North London were awarded £100,000 in back pay. That’s between them, not individually – amounting to around £10,000 for each of the 10 claimants. It seems the council had given the work contract to a private provider called Sevacare that cheated them out of money they should have been paid for travel time between patient visits. As a result, some of them ended up being…

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Whoever says scrapping 213 smaller councils could save £3 billion hasn’t been paying attention to Tory spaffing

It seems some people really do have a blind spot. Whoever wrote the report that says the following, for example: Abolishing 213 smaller councils in England and replacing them with 25 new local authorities could save almost £3bn over five years, a report says. The report for the County Councils Network says one body in each area would reduce complexity and give communities a single unified voice. However, others argue bigger councils are unwieldy and undemocratic. It’s a good point that bigger councils may be unwieldy and undemocratic, but the…

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Johnson’s government has spent £100 million on consultants because he can’t think for himself

The cost of privatisation: faced with the Covid-19 pandemic, Boris Johnson has paid consultants more than £100 million to do his thinking for him – and the cash has been wasted. Clearly it’s money for old rope, considering the failure of every policy announced by Johnson and his cronies including Matt Hancock, Gavin Williamson and Dominic Raab. And the waste is very clearly a result of privatisation; before Tory neoliberalism demanded that even ideas should be outsourced, governments used to rely on people called civil servants who spent their entire…

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Ofqual chief Sally Collier resigns – over letting Cummings chum’s company have contract?

The big development in the ‘A’ level scandal yesterday (August 25) was the resignation of Ofqual boss Sally Collier – apparently under criticism about the algorithm that marked down students from poorer backgrounds. That’s what Tory mouthpiece the BBC is saying: Ofqual chief Ms Collier has been under fire for a controversial algorithm which changed GCSE and A-level marks, making them unfair, according to heads. It also led to many A-level students losing university places they had been offered, and a crunch on degree places. But didn’t that only happen…

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Spendthrift Tories have spaffed £500 MILLION on firms run by their friends – that do NOTHING

In a week when we learned the Tories have more than doubled the national debt to £2 trillion, a mere £500 million might not seem much. It’s around 1/200th, or half a per cent, of the total they’ve borrowed since 2010. But this is money they have spent in the last six months alone – on contracts with companies run by their personal friends… that have apparently done nothing useful in return. According to the Labour Party, 13 firms run by friends of Tory ministers have won contracts related to…

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After private firm linked to Gove & Cummings helped cause ‘A’ level disaster, will new health ‘Institute’ go the same way?

Using an ad-blocker? PLEASE SWITCH IT OFF My ads don’t cost you anything but they do provide me the money I need to live. Using an ad-blocker on this site is as bad as stealing. Were you aware that the disastrous strategy to deprive lower-class students of their higher ‘A’ level grades was devised by a firm of consultants, apparently hired because of links to Michael Gove and Dominic Cummings? I mention this because the same criteria seem to have been used to get advice about the “vision, purpose and narrative”…

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Covid test waiting time soars as IT failure hits private ‘lighthouse’ testing lab

Using an ad-blocker? PLEASE SWITCH IT OFF My ads don’t cost you anything but they do provide me the money I need to live. Using an ad-blocker on this site is as bad as stealing. Once again private profiteers have failed the people of the UK. An “IT systems failure” at a ‘Lighthouse’ mega-laboratory in Cheshire “resulted in a delay to the processing of results,” the government said. “In addition, the increase of tests across all routes has resulted in backlogs in some laboratories.” The labs were built in April, in…

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Does failure of SERCO test-and-trace mean EVERY privatised Covid-19 project has failed?

Can you think of any Covid-19-related contracts the Johnson government has handed to private firms, that have actually succeeded? I can’t. They’ve all been spectacular failures, and this is just the latest: Everyone, I'm getting sick to death of saying this. Stop saying it's f***ing NHS Test and Trace. It's a private firm. It's Serco. Failing private firms hide behind the NHS logo and our f***ing media help them. So the NHS can be blamed for private failure. https://t.co/q3xtSYKrWA — Marcus Chown (@marcuschown) August 10, 2020 Marcus is right about…

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Nurses excluded from public sector pay rise – because of impending NHS sell-off?

The Tories have denied nurses a pay rise that they have granted to other public sector workers including teachers and doctors. It seems that, while these other professions are to get a raise “recognising their efforts on the frontline during the battle against COVID-19”, nurses – after many of their colleagues died on the Covid-19 “frontline” – are to be ignored. The Tories say nurses are already benefiting from a series of pay hikes imposed in 2017 – but nursing representatives say this is blurring the line between professional progression and…

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