Tag Archives: The Independant

Government starts new Office for Product Safety and Standards to manage recalls after Grenfell warnings

The Government is strengthening the UK’s product safety regime by creating a new body in the wake of warnings following the Grenfell Tower disaster. The Office for Product Safety and Standards will manage responses to large scale product recalls and identify risks to consumers. It will also offer help to businesses hit by unfair competition from rogue firms. Andrew Griffiths, the ...

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Tax credit claimants who suffered from botched Concentrix outsourcing plan paid just £14 compensation each

Tax credit claimants who suffered as the result of a botched outsourcing plan have been paid just £14 each in compensation each, it has emerged. Scandal-hit Concentrix adjusted or terminated around 108,000 cases of claimants’ tax credits – nearly a third of which were overturned at appeal. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) ended its deal with the contractor after a series ...

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Bright Blue: A small liberal Tory think tank has helped cement Theresa May's new love for the environment

Theresa May’s sudden embrace of environmental policy is one of the most interesting and untold stories of the last few months. At least one chapter was not written behind the grand facade of CCHQ or the black-polished Downing Street door, but in a brown-brick office in Southwark.   It is there that a small think tank called Bright Blue has ...

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Think again before contracting out collection of court fines, Mr Gauke

One of the silver linings of the cloud of dust thrown up by the collapse of Carillion, the government contractor, is that it is forcing a review of the whole business of outsourcing public functions to the private sector.  As we report today, the Justice Select Committee is calling on the Government to think again about one of the more ...

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US shutdown hits tourists hard

The political paralysis in Washington DC will affect tourists to the US, whether they are hoping to explore some of the world’s best museums in the American capital or the natural wonders of the national parks of California and Wyoming. The federal government must stop paying staff for duties that are classed as “non-essential”. This covers many tourist facilities; some, but ...

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UFC 220: Miocic vs. Ngannou preview – Heavy and light-heavyweight heroes guarantee explosive knockout drama

The heavyweights kick off this year’s pay-per-view calendar, as reigning champion, Stipe Miocic, defends his belt for a third time. His challenger is widely considered to be the most intimidating knockout artist we’ve seen in the Octagon in a long time. Miocic is an excellent champion with solid skills all-round. He is on a five fight win streak, four of them ...

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Councils fail to take action on 99 per cent of most dangerous rented homes, letting criminal landlords walk free, new data reveals

Millions of private renters face being stuck in dangerous homes for decades because of a large-scale failure of local councils to take action against criminal landlords. New data seen by The Independent shows local authorities took action in relation to just 1.1 per cent of the most dangerous rented homes in England last year. The Independent previously revealed that almost 800,000 privately rented ...

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Jim Rodford dead: The Zombies and The Kinks bassist dies aged 76 after falling down stairs

The Zombies bassist Jim Rodford has died aged 76 just days after his final performance. The musician, whose career spanned six decades and included 18 years with The Kinks, died on Saturday after a fall on the stairs, his cousin and the band’s frontman Rod Argent confirmed. Rodford had just returned home to England after completing a short tour in ...

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Urgent review of £300m arrest warrant contract needed in wake of Carillion collapse, MPs demand

A £300m state contract to pay private firms to arrest people for not settling court fines must urgently be reviewed in the wake of Carillion’s collapse, MPs on an influential committee have said. Both Conservative and Labour members warned the new deal risks creating a “monolithic” nationwide provider, unable to properly monitor staff who will probably be physically restraining members of ...

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola hails his side's mentality after comfortable win over Newcastle

Pep Guardiola was delighted with the way his Manchester City players responded to their first defeat of the Premier League, having feared they could slip up again. Guardiola’s side ran out 3-1 winners over struggling Newcastle United at the Etihad on Saturday, ultimately recording a comfortable victory. The win came less than a week after Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool tarnished City’s unbeaten ...

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