Fact of the day
nine out of 10 people with learning disabilities have experienced abuse or harassment – Mencap
Disabled charity Access Dorset found in a survey that 40 per cent of people had experienced bullying behaviour.
Social landlords have a legal obligation to protect vulnerable tenants from disability-related hate crime
Hate crime action plan: Challenge it, Report it, Stop it [Wonder if we can report DWP Ministers and Press officers]
We will publish the Government’s new action plan on hate crime shortly. – Maria Miller
People with disabilities are being asked to talk about their experiences of bullying and hate crime in a new survey launched by Nottinghamshire County Council.
The Wit and Wisdom of the Coalition Executive
Showing his continuing grasp on policy detail and sleaze.
Mr Cameron said that private companies, voluntary groups and charities will be given the right to run schools, hospitals and vast swaths of council services under ambitious plans to end the “state’s monopoly” over public sector work.
New draft laws published today will build on this idea by allowing private companies and charities to challenge local councils or hospitals if they feel they are being squeezed out of the market.
Not to be outdone on sleaze the lying bastard who vouched for Cashcroft’s tax status for a decade also likes the odd cosy dinner
Foreign Secretary William Hague has entertained three millionaire Tory donors at Chevening, his £15 million grace and favour Kent residence, it has emerged.
Tory peer Lord Ashcroft, who has given £10 million to the party, and financier Howard Leigh have attended twice. Malcolm Scott, former Tory treasurer in Scotland who has given more than £1.4 million since David Cameron became leader, also visited.
Must be useful as Foreign Minister having so much in common to talk about on visits to Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and other nations where government ministers have similar levels of ethical integrity.
The Minister for Employment responding with his customary charm– if he were lying on the ground next to a turd I’d move the turd away from the filth.
Responding to the exit of the Single Homeless Project from the Work Programme, employment minister Chris Grayling said:
“The deals that are done between sub-contractors and prime contractors are entirely down to them.”
Asked whether the government should be doing more to ensure that prime providers do not pass on all the financial risk to smaller charities in their supply chain, the Minister told the BBC:
“It is certainly the case that some organisations have done deals which are not working for them but I can’t be the person who does the deals for them.
“We have created an environment where we have given – particularly the voluntary sector sub-contractors – all the cards in their hand, but if they haven’t used those cards, that is not something the government can do for them.”
On another post in this blog I discussed the definition of work and its effects on the legality of the MWRA schemes. Lord Fraud has seemingly got all the legal bases covered:
Lord McKenzie of Luton: Before the noble Lord sits down, I thank him for that full response, but can he deal with the point about whether there has been any development of the definition of work for the operation of the cap in universal credit?
Lord Freud: No, my Lords, I am not aware that we have locked that down at this time. It is an issue that we are going to have to address when we lock down universal credit. I cannot update the noble Lord on that matter.
How wonderful to be able to design complicated policies before actually knowing what exactly is under discussion.
What do the experts say about his plans for ‘secret justice’ ?
An elite group of lawyers in charge of ‘secret justice’ measures has launched a fresh assault on Government plans to widen their use.
They cast doubt on claims the proposals are vital to protect Britain’s intelligence relationship with America.
The majority of security-cleared special advocates – 57 out of 69 – insist proposals to allow secret hearings across any civil court case or inquest ‘represent a departure from the foundational principle of natural justice’.