Government ministers accused of failing to take steps to tackle sexual assault in schools

As an inquiry is launched into an increasing amount of sexual abuse allegations in schools, ministers are said to have ignored requests for greater monitoring powers. The Guardian reported that the chief inspector of Ofsted asked for more powers to check “potential safeguarding issues” in independent schools in 2018 and 2019. The requests were ignored. Since then, more than 14,000 allegations of sexual harassment and assault in schools and universities have been shared on the website Everyone’s Invited. There are stories from both private and state schools. Ofsted is heading an inquiry into how sexual harassment is dealt with by schools, as MPs said ministers hadn’t taken the issue…

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High Court rules the Government acted unlawfully by failing to disclose Covid contracts

The Government unlawfully failed to publish details of billions of pounds’ worth of coronavirus-related contracts, the High Court has ruled. The Good Law Project took legal action against the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) for its “wholesale failure” to disclose details of contracts agreed during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Government is required by law to publish a “contract award notice” within 30 days of the award of any contracts for public goods or services worth more than £120,000. At a hearing earlier this month, the Good Law Project and three MPs – Labour’s Debbie Abrahams, the Green Party’s Caroline Lucas and Liberal Democrat Layla Moran –…

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Children’s commissioner slams ‘negligent’ care system that’s failing thousands of young people

The state can be so negligent to children in the care system that it would risk its children being taken away if it were an actual parent, the children’s commissioner is set to warn. Anne Longfield will say that the system of children’s social care is failing thousands of young people and will fail more without urgent reform and funding. Unless emergency funding is granted in Wednesday’s spending review, family services will be in “deep trouble”, she will warn. Bad parenting In a speech setting out her vision for the future of children’s social care, she will say that while many children are protected, others are falling through…

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The law is failing to protect private renters from unfair evictions

Only one in four renters are protected by their council from eviction “if their home is found to be unsafe”, leaving renters vulnerable now courts have reopened. Freedom of Information data collected by Generation Rent revealed that only 24.6% of cases saw councils issue improvement notices to landlords after finding severe hazards. Improvement notices protect tenants from eviction for six months. If not served, landlords can evict tenants without a reason. Alicia Kennedy, director of Generation Rent, said: With courts reopening there is nothing to stop landlords from evicting tenants who have done nothing wrong. The government knows that Section 21 is a leading cause of homelessness among…

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Cryptocurrency Exchange and its Executives Face Allegations of Failing to Maintain an Adequate AML Program

Two U.S. authorities recently announced actions against four individuals and numerous entities associated with BitMEX, an online trading platform for futures contracts and other derivative products tied to the value of cryptocurrencies.  Both actions allege that BitMEX failed to put in place required anti-money laundering programs and procedures, and serve as a reminder that institutions offering new and innovative financial products should assess the potential applicability of and compliance with U.S. anti-money laundering laws and regulations. BitMEX’s Background According to the court filings, BitMEX has described itself as the world’s largest cryptocurrency derivatives platform in the world.  Among other offerings, BitMEX offered commodity futures, options, and swaps on…

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Britain’s education system has been failing Black working-class children for generations

Last week, the Institute of Race Relations published new research highlighting how Black working-class children and young people are being systematically criminalised and excluded from the English school system. A ‘two-tier’ education system Using London as a case study, the report reveals Britain’s ‘two-tier’ education system. A system in which ‘deserving’ students are encouraged to thrive in the academy sector, while those deemed ‘undeserving’ are relegated to pupil-referral units (PRUs) and alternative provision (AP) – most of which aren’t fit for purpose. This has the greatest impact on working-class Black Caribbean boys, who are over-represented in school exclusion rates, in PRUs and AP (where they are vulnerable to exploitation…

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Johnson to advise world leaders on how to beat future pandemics despite failing to tackle this one

Boris Johnson will urge world leaders to overcome their differences and unite in the battle against coronavirus (Covid-19) as he outlines measures to prevent future pandemics. This is despite the British government receiving heavy criticism for its ongoing efforts to tackle the current crisis. “Tattered” The prime minister is set to tell foreign counterparts at the United Nations General Assembly that the “notion of the international community looks tattered” after the coronavirus crisis. Ironically, he’s speaking on this matter as the United Kingdom looks more likely to break up than ever – arguably as a result of positions he himself has spearheaded. He will call for states to…

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The Tories are renationalising a failing private service. Unfortunately it’s not test and trace.

The Tories are renationalising a failing private service. It shows that where the government has the will, it can operate public services. Sadly, it’s not the coronavirus (Covid-19) test and trace system, although it needs to be. Because one company behind the test and trace fiasco has previously been fined for its handling of private contracts. Tory renationalisation. Yes. You read that right. BBC home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw tweeted that the Tories are going to renationalise the probation service. The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) will complete this by June 2021. People were giving evidence about it to the Justice Committee:   You won’t hear about this in…

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