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Government Faces Labour Questions Over Universal Credit Risks
documents obtained under freedom of information showed a risk of fraudulent activity and cyberattacks. [...] It was finally disclosed this month by the department after a freedom of information request by John Slater, a former IT project manager, and Tony Collins, an investigative journalist, following a four-year legal battle. [...] The documents, which date from 2012, contain a line in which parts of the project are described as “pushing above the programme funding envelope”. They also raise concerns that the programme lacks a “robust framework of assurances”, which means “rework” may be needed if elements of the project are “not fit for purpose”. Fears over staffing are described, with concerns over “skilled staff resources not in the right place at the right time”. [...] “shocking” to see “essential considerations” like fraud and cyber security not being “at the core of [UC]” from the start.
DWP  Iain  Duncan  Smith  Stephen  Crabb  Universal  Credit  cyber  attack  Fraud  benefit  FOI  Freedom  of  Information  Act  nasty  party  Tories  Conservative  transparency  accountability  Whitehall  Westminster  George  Osborne  David  Cameron  cyber  crime 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
Twenty Faslane workers exposed to radiation - BBC News
Twenty workers at the Faslane nuclear submarine base were exposed to radiation due to safety errors, newly-released documents have revealed. The engineers were repairing a leaking tank on a Trident submarine while a nearby nuclear reactor was operated. Details of the incident, in August 2012, at the Clyde site emerged after Freedom of Information (FOI) requests by an anti-nuclear group. The Ministry of Defence said no-one was harmed and safety had been improved. [...] The MoD report has been heavily redacted and does not reveal the level of radiation each worker was exposed to.
FOI  Freedom  of  Information  Act  Trident  nuclear  power  nuclear  waste  Hinkley  Point  C 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Over 80% Of Jobs Added In January Were Minimum Wage Earners | Zero Hedge
most of the jobs that were created, if only on a goalseeked, seasonally adjusted basis, were of the lowest paying, worst possible quality as has been the case for the past 7 years as the BLS desperately seeks to "pad" its political mandate of providing proof in a recovery which however is impossible if it were to tell the truth. //&! https://www.reddit.com/r/Economics/comments/48xbro/jobs_report_242000_jobs_added_unemployment_rate/d0njzvb //&! http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-03-04/past-year-us-added-360000-waiters-and-only-12000-manufacturing-workers &! http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-03-04/president-obama-takes-economic-victory-lap-after-biggest-wage-drop-record
UK  USA  job  creation  Service  Sector  Jobs  minimum  wage  low  pay  low  income  precarious  work  Precariat  BLS  HMRC  DWP  Iain  Duncan  Smith  George  Osborne  David  Cameron  aggregate  demand  Richard  Koo  consumer  debt  household  debt  credit  card  debt  car  loan  secular  stagnation  recovery  GFC  austerity  trickle-down  economics  neoliberalism  neoliberal  living  wage  tax  credit  FOI  Freedom  of  Information  Act  free  market  social  safety  net  welfare  state  housing  benefit  working  poor  economic  history  squeezed  middle  class 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Freedom of Information charges ruled out after review - BBC News
'Deep suspicion' The government has chosen not to legislate to shore up ministers' powers to veto the release of information. BBC political correspondent Ross Hawkins says campaigners, opposition politicians and many journalists regarded the independent review of FOI legislation with deep suspicion, concerned the government wanted to curtail a law that allowed them to reveal embarrassing facts about its failings. Some regular users of the law remain anxious about whether it will be easier for institutions to rule that information requests are too burdensome to be met, he says.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
EU referendum: Hammond defends rules on access to papers - BBC News
Five cabinet ministers and a minister who attends cabinet are campaigning for Brexit Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has defended plans to prevent ministers who oppose EU membership from seeing certain government documents. He said the government, which backs EU membership, was not neutral and those who disagreed could draw on specific policy information from other sources. MPs are to question the UK's top civil servant after he issued guidance to withhold "referendum-related" material. One anti-EU minister said retaining documents "can't possibly happen". The government's official policy is that Britain should remain in the EU - and civil servants are duty-bound to support government policies. [...] And farming minister George Eustice said ministers needed "100% access" to material relating to day-day dealings with the EU.
Tories  nasty  party  FOI  Freedom  of  Information  Act  Brexit  Conservative  Career  Politicians  No  Representation  Politics  transparency  accountability  governance  secrecy  campaign  David  Cameron  George  Osborne  DWP  Iain  Duncan  Smith 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Hunt 'misrepresented' data on 7-day NHS - BBC News
The Labour leader attacked Jeremy Hunt after the BBC revealed the health secretary used academically unverified and unpublished data to back his plans. Last July, in the pay row with junior doctors, Mr Hunt said there were about 6,000 deaths a year because of the lack of "a proper seven-day service". But this assertion was later questioned by academics. Emails show one of the author's of the unpublished paper, which Mr Hunt was using to justify the 6,000 figure, was unhappy with how his study was being used. [...] This figure was then used regularly by the government in its argument for changes to doctors' contracts. [ they needed it to justify back-door cutbacks to NHS budget. Same w bursaries! ] &! bbc.in/1hVMGcz
Jeremy  Hunt  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  Positioning  PR  spin  doctor  misrepresentation  Junior  Doctors  general  election  2015  election  campaign  promises  Manifesto  No  Representation  Westminster  David  Cameron  George  Osborne  austerity  NHS  Toff  Privileged  Establishment  Career  Politicians  Whitehall  trust  distrust  NHS  Bursary  fairness  accountability  oversight  FOI  Freedom  of  Information  Act 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
An Alarm Goes Off Threatening The "Strong U.S. Jobs" Myth: Withheld Income Taxes Are Stalling | Zero Hedge
[#misrepresentation - FOI request to HMRC - job creation, ask for list of annual salary 2009 - till now - picture emerges of mostly low pay jobs. with more and more job qualifying for tax credits. ask also for numbers of tax credits during the "recovery" and also income based job seeker allowance, people just working 16hrs or less. - also housing benefit. / also the numbers and incomes for self-employed and their income development during the recovery, do they grow their income? or do they make ends meet? ] The best example of this is when looking at the growth of federal income and employment tax withholdings, the broadest and most timely read on the health of the job market, which as Jed Graham writes, "has been sinking at an alarming rate." While for most of 2015, tax withholdings rose at a rate of 5% or more from a year ago, on the back of job growth and gains in wages, commissions and other incentive pay, in recent months there has been a substantial dropoff in this key indicator.
FOI  UK  USA  recovery  Service  Sector  Jobs  economic  history  secular  stagnation  George  Osborne  wage  stagnation  low  pay  low  income  labour  market  precarious  work  Precariat  working  poor  disposable  income  discretionary  spending  income  growth  part-time  Zero  Hour  Contract  Contractor  self-employment  HMRC  IRS  Freedom  of  Information  Act  austerity  David  Cameron  nasty  party  PR  spin  doctor  Positioning  misrepresentation 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
NHS mental health funding falls in England - FoI figures - BBC News
[ minority of patients. Can't do that with cancer treatment! Public sentiment would rip you apart. ] Figures obtained through a Freedom of Information request showed the budgets for mental health trusts fell by 2% from 2013/14 to 2014/15. This compares to a rise of 2.6% in hospital trusts' operating budgets, according to analysis by the Health Foundation think-tank. The Department of Health said mental health care funding overall was rising. In the year to April 2016 the budget for mental health trusts was projected to rise just 0.3%. Of the 53 out of 59 mental health trusts in England which responded to the FOI request, 29 said their budget would be lower this year than last. [...] funding is not keeping pace - and many are facing cuts. [...] In Scotland, mental health spending was up just 0.1% last year, and down a projected 0.4% this year. [...] money increasingly is getting sucked in to meet their rising costs, [ diet-related and chronic preventable diseases ] & bbc.in/243Y4Yp
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Draft EU deal: What Cameron wanted and what he got - BBC News
But how does the 16-page letter drawn up by the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, measure up to what the prime minister originally wanted from the negotiations? The BBC's chief correspondent Gavin Hewitt gives his verdict while Europe correspondent Chris Morris looks at how the deal will be perceived elsewhere in the EU. //&! - bbc.in/20vdgOT - The deal, which includes an "emergency brake" on migrant benefits, paves the way for the UK's EU referendum to take place as early as June. But would this have the effect of reducing the number of EU migrants coming to the UK? Mark Easton has been investigating. ECONOMIC MIGRANT - bbc.in/1PVT25C &! bit.ly/1Qf0auj - FOI! - only 84,000 EU migrant families claiming tax credits have lived in the UK for four years or less [...] [ Cameron/Tories again selective and misleading. AND redefining migrant families even it the couple has one UK national! nasty party at work again redefining XYZ. ]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Plant Based News: Escaped Cow, USDA Lawsuit, New Cowspiracy? - YouTube
the PCRM (Dr Barnard is part of it) lawsuit against the USDA w help of Egg Lobby studies, not limiting dietary cholesterol. // cowspiracy follow-up docu - "what the health!!" //&! Cholesterol = Good! Egg Board Pays Off USDA - youtu.be/qI6cwuvE_Tg // sprinkling in doubt! //&! http://nutritionfacts.org/?s=lobby
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
David Cay Johnston; How The One Percent Enrich Themselves at Government Expense, part 1 - YouTube
min 10 - gov sets the rules and rule define the civilisation and the quality of lives. // min14 - people don't want you to see and know what they are doing [...[ you need journalist who are sceptical about what the gov is saying and telling you what they do, but what the gov is actually doing >> truth tends to lead to better policy << [...] you publish when you have it, not when its good timing. // 23:40 - moral point of Super Rich and tax evasion/avoidance.Andrew Mellon. Adam Smith and the Bible: taking from the poor and giving it to the rich. is a denounced evil. you society will come to ruins. AND HERE COMES DAVID CAMERON in his christmas/new years message with CHRISTIAN VALUES! What a liar, what a hypocrite. - ind.pn/1ZqA8eh - David Cameron says Christian values make Britain successful. Why? - bit.ly/1WTGAJd &! bit.ly/1JwfUqp &! bbc.in/1ZqpPqG - << DWP Sanctions //32:40 flawed policy by flawed public understanding how the economy works and politics - disconnected from reality! -
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Dementia patients face 'Russian roulette' in hospital - BBC News
Dementia patients admitted to hospital in England play "Russian roulette" with their health, a charity is warning. The Alzheimer's Society said it had found "shocking" evidence of poor and variable care during its review.
FOI  Freedom  of  Information  Act  CQC  Alzheimer  dementia  health  inequality  post  code  lottery  austerity  premature  ageing  ageing  population  demographic  bubble  babyboomers  sick  population  health  crisis  chronic  diseases  diet-related  disease 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
Can we really trust judges to protect reporters' confidential sources? | Media | The Guardian
Journalists won’t even be safe to talk email whistleblowers from a coffee shop [...] In stressing that the powers would not be used for mass surveillance, May said the onus would be on the home office to show necessity and proportionality. And who would decide whether that was justified? Judicial commissioners, she said. They would operate a “double-lock” authorisation process on intercept and bulk interception warrants in order to prevent intrusive snooping. [ old boys club with career interests? titles, pensions? ] But will this judicial oversight provide enough protection? That’s the key worry for journalists who now know that there is nowhere for them to conceal their communications with confidential sources. [...] We already know from instances of the police use of the regulation of investigatory powers act (Ripa) //&! Police spying row officers decline Holyrood invitation - http://bbc.in/1RSXQxl
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Overseas nurses denied NHS jobs - BBC News
[ IDEOLOGICAL CAREER POLITICIANS MOVE: cut training budget (bursaries) in 2010 (together with lib dems), and 5 years later turn it into student loan public, with that move we create more places to learn. lol! conning way. yeah but also move the item off the public's balance sheet. ] [ http://bit.ly/1LPhnMa http://bit.ly/1mZySRj http://bit.ly/1TesYGF http://ind.pn/1JNyGPn http://bit.ly/1WcXHFL ] >> A Department of Health spokesman said: "The MAC is currently reviewing the shortage occupation list. Staffing is a priority and there are already more than 8,500 more nurses on our wards since 2010 and 50,000 more nurses in training. "We want more home-grown staff in the NHS and our recent changes to student funding will create up to 10,000 more nursing, midwifery and allied health professional training places by 2020."
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
English GP surgeries reach new patient 'breaking point' - BBC News
Large numbers of GP surgeries in England have stopped taking on new patients or have applied to do so, a BBC investigation has found. The British Medical Association (BMA) says many are at "breaking point" as they struggle to fill staff vacancies. At least 100 surgeries applied to NHS England to stop accepting new patients in 2014/15, a Freedom of Information request revealed. NHS England said it was investing £15m to boost the workforce. At the beginning of November, 299 surgeries were indicating on the NHS Choices website - which provides patients with information about surgeries in their local area - that they were not taking on new patients. [...] Analysis of the Freedom of Information data suggests about 46% of the 100 surgeries which applied in 2014/15 were denied permission, or withdrew the request. NHS England says practices will seek approval before closing their lists to new patients.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Chris Hedges on What it Takes to be a Rebel in Modern Times - YouTube
If you care about the truth you eventually run into problems as the journalist who usually manipulates facts for a living. // neoliberalism sold to us through lies and manipulated facts. // 2/3rds of the country in poverty. // mania for hope is a political pacifier even for the liberals, keeping people hopeful - keeps people complacent. // moral imperative for civil disobedience. // but do not use the word hope! // game is fixed. // rebellion led by day class intellectuals. that band together with the underclass. // if you have whole-sale surveillance, you can't have investigative journalism // it's about ratings and money, they don't do journalism. << corporate media. // dismantling BBC by tories is a power play by tories (power elite) // &! redd.it/3x3kw7 - Most of the information we spread online is quantifiably “bullshit” - The internet encourages the spread of information that is emotionally resonant but factually untrue
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Even Tory MPs are troubled by their party’s power grab
Since their victory, the Conservatives have introduced a battery of measures to weaken the opposition and reduce accountability. [...] It is not only within parliament that the government is seeking to limit accountability. Ministers are expected to weaken the Freedom of Information Act by introducing new exemptions and charging for requests. “I’m unsurprised that both [Tony] Blair and this government viewed it as an inconvenience,” Davis told me. “The trouble is, they’re forgetting who their bosses are.” The Lobbying Act, or “gagging bill”, has reduced the maximum amount that voluntary groups and trade unions can spend on political campaigning in the period before a general election by 60 per cent.
nasty  party  FOI  Freedom  of  Information  Act  Tories  Conservative  Toff  Privileged  Establishment  Career  Politicians  No  Representation  democracy  social  democracy  austerity  Labour  Trade  Union  Workers  Union  accountability  transparency  oversight  governance  UK  USA 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
'Dark ages' warning issued over freedom of information changes | Media | The Guardian
Exempting advice given to ministers from freedom of information requests risks returning the UK to the “dark ages” of “private government”, the information commissioner has warned. Christopher Graham told a review into the legislation that changes to FoI being considered by a government commission could lead to a blanket ban on all advice being made available to the public. //&! bit.ly/1N3fuLD //&! Freedom of Information Act misused by media to create stories, says Grayling Leader of the Commons Chris Grayling criticises use of FoI requests as a ‘research tool’ to ‘generate’ stories - bit.ly/1GOG1gj
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Krieg ǀ Evolution der Gewalt — der Freitag
Krieg Die Geschichte der Kriege hört nicht auf, sie ändern nur ihre Form und ihre Gestalt: Herfried Münklers neuer Wälzer // Kriegssplitter: Die Evolution der Gewalt im 20. und 21. Jahrhundert Herfried Münkler Rowohlt 2015, 400 S., 24,95 €
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
MPs approve Osborne's spending rules after heated Commons debate - BBC News
MPs have backed the government's new spending rules by 320 to 258 votes after a heated debate in the Commons. [...] He accused Labour of being "profligate" and wanting "to spend money we don't have and borrow for ever". >> bank bailout profligate?
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Freedom of information commission not very free with its information | Politics | The Guardian
Source reveals cross-party commission is mulling charging for FoI requests after bizarre parliamentary briefing that members insisted must be off the record
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Watchdog asks DWP for 'objective and impartial' sanctions statements | Society | The Guardian
Government urged to publish more data to give the public a clearer understanding of how jobseekers are penalised [...] Guardian research earlier this week showed that the government had significantly understated the impact of its benefit sanctions regime.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Cabinet Office delays over freedom of information - BBC News
Last month the Cabinet Office took control of government policy on freedom of information, removing it from the Ministry of Justice.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a

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