Probation privatisation – the saga continues…

Aug 06

Chris Grayling’s plan to privatise the probation service follows a similar model to the disastrous Work Programme (WP). The Work and Pensions Select Committee recently found the WP’s “payment by results” model had lead to an endemic culture of “creaming and parking” (helping jobseekers for whom...

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A quick note on the Work Programme

Aug 06

While much of the negative coverage surrounding the Work Programme has focused on its dubious use of statistics and ludicrously low success rate , there’s another angle to the farrago that has yet to be fully explored, and that’s the process by which the firms failing to find work for its participants were awarded contracts by...

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Yarl’s Wood: A history

Jul 26

This is an abridged version of the list put together by the charity Medical Justice: 2001: Yarl’s Wood Immigration Detention Centre opened in November 2001 and cost approximately £100 million to build with a capacity to hold 900 asylum seekers. GSL won the contract to manage the centre. 2002: In February, a huge fire destroyed half the...

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More links

Jun 19

Mind blowing hidden details in paintings. Wonderful list of good graphic novels. The Quality of Living Survey. Bill Hicks interviewed in 1988. Your pop questions, answered. 10 disturbing videos from...

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Link me up

May 04

Britain’s surnames in map form. Mozart in edits. Journalist takes a year off the net. Surprising. Cosmarxpolitan Amazing interactive article on...

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Goodbye Roger

Apr 12

An elderly couple visited my flat today. The estate agent told them about the local amenities, the opportunities for development, the parties the local residents’ association holds in the square every month. The old man looked out of the window onto the back garden, and as he did so a blanket of sunlight burst through the grey clouds. He...

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Link me up eleventy

Apr 11

Abandoned mansions Live trains on the underground Beautiful post on doves Heartwrenching experience Dog bomb Analysis of song patterns Fascinating Danny Baker interview A Bit of Fry and Laurie...

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