Archives for Aimee McGovern

FOI Media Update July 2012

Liverpool City council leaves millions in tax uncollected 2.07.2012 Click Liverpool

A Lib Dem politician has slammed Liverpool City Council over its failure to collect a more than £23 million in council tax that remains unpaid since 2009. The disclosure about the level of uncollected tax came in a responses to a Freedom of Information question posed by a researcher. Town hall officials revealed that there remains £11,931,737.20p uncollected for the calendar year 2010/11. Despite promises that there would be a crack-down on tax dodgers that sum is slightly higher that the for year 2009/10 for which £11,450,854.01p remains uncollected.
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FOI Media Update June 2012

GP practice offloaded vulnerable patients to save money 31.05.2012 – The Guardian
A GP practice run by a doctor who has been of one of the most prominent supporters of Andrew Lansley’s health reforms de-registered elderly and disabled care home patients to save money. The NHS launched an investigation into Churchill medical practice in Kingston last year after complaints that it had let go of 48 patients who required high levels of care. NHS South-West London found that Churchill was in breach of its “contractual obligations to patients” by removing the patients and that it had done so “predominantly for financial reasons”. The NHS issued a breach of contract notice. Three infringements would mean that Churchill’s GP’s lost the right to practice.
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FOI Media Update May 2012

Metropolitan police stockpiling rubber coated bullets 3.05.2012 – BBC

A BBC investigation has suggested that following the London riots in the summer of 2011 police began to stockpile a reserve of rubber bullets. In the month before last August’s riots, the Metropolitan Police held just 700 baton rounds of the bullets but by December 2011, the number had increased 14 times to more than 10,024, a Freedom of Information request shows. Baton rounds have never been used to quell disorder on the mainland of the UK but have been responsible for fatalities during their use in Northern Ireland.
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FOI Media Update April 2012

BBC in new sexism row after gender pay gap revealed 13.04.2012 – The Telegraph
A recent Freedom of Information request threatens to reignite controversy over the BBC’s treatment of female staff. Figures have been released revealing that male staff at the BBC are paid an average  10% more than women. The request issued information revealing that nearly twice as many men hold senior roles at the broadcaster as female employees and they earn an average £17,000 more.
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Media round up March 2012

Police chiefs hire retired colleagues on £1,100 a day to act as consultants Daily Mail – 26.03.2012
The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) has come under scrutiny after Freedom of Information requests released information showing that contracts worth hundreds of thousands of pounds were signed with companies run by their former colleagues. The FOI requests, made by the Yorkshire Post, revealed that more than £800,000 was paid in total to ten consultants.
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