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Pressure building over privatisation threat to court fines collection

Pressure has been building against government plans to outsource the enforcement of court fines to US multinational Concentrix, a company with a controversial track record of carrying out government contracts. Concentrix is the only company the government is considering for

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Who are the government’s justice reforms benefitting?

The Speak up for Justice campaign hosted a fringe at TUC Congress to address the question ‘Who are the government’s justice reforms benefitting?’ We brought together a range of speakers to debate the issue, covering all sectors of the justice

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Speak up for Justice hold fringe on government’s justice reforms at TUC Congress

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436 probation jobs under threat amid ‘drastic’ cuts by multinational Sodexo

Multinational outsourcing firm Sodexo have put 436 probation jobs across England at risk of redundancy, in six of the community rehabilitation companies it now runs, following the chaotic, untested and entirely ideological privatisation of probation services earlier this year. Napo,

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Channel 4 news piece – Legal aid crisis: Can Michael Gove end growing case backlog?

From 1 July 2015, thousands of criminal solicitors have refused to take on new legal aid cases, in protest against the government’s further cuts to fixed fees and proposed contract changes. On Wednesday 22 July, criminal lawyers, supported by the

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New MoJ figures reveal assault on access to justice, as spending cuts caused huge drop in legal aid work

The implementation of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) has resulted in “large reductions in legal help workload and expenditure”, reveal new Ministry of Justice (MoJ) statistics. The statistics reveal that government reforms and spending

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Ministry of Justice apologises for misleading information on prison overcrowding

Andrew Selous, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice, has apologised to the House of Commons on behalf of the Ministry of Justice for understating the level of prison overcrowding each year since 2008-09. More worrying still, Mr Selous continues

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Solicitors: ‘miscarriages of justice will happen’, if further legal aid cuts go ahead

Solicitors have said that further cuts to the legal aid budget will lead to miscarriages of justice, the Independent newspaper reported yesterday (June 10). The government has decided to press ahead with plans to reduce legal aid solicitors remuneration fees

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US business services giant set to land justice fines contract

Guest blog by James Davies, Campaigns Officer, PCS As the Ministry of Justice looks set to outsource yet more of its work, PCS is calling for a major rethink on a privatisation that will threaten a major cornerstone of our

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Speak up for Justice hold fringe at PCS conference

Speak up for Justice held a well-attended, informative fringe at PCS’ annual conference this year in May, at which speakers and delegates discussed the impact of government policies and spending cuts on the justice system, as well on access to

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Justice is under attack

The government is fragmenting the justice system, privatising policing, probation and prison services, closing courts, slashing the legal aid budget and making drastic cuts to funding. This will undermine the system, reduce access to justice and put public safety at risk.

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