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Ofsted inspectors ‘for hire’ to help schools pass vital inspections

Schools desperate to pass Ofsted inspections pay contracted inspectors as consultants By Andrea Perry and Tim Wood | 11 March 2013 “The unique dual experiences gained from work both as head teacher and in Ofsted-related roles gives us the edge” – Alwyne Jolly, director, Weatheroak Inspections Ofsted inspectors are hiring themselves out for up to £600 a day to advise […]

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Ministers want law students to fill void left by cuts to legal aid

‘Community legal companions’ set to become substitute lawyers as legal aid is slashed By Andrea Perry and Alex Varley-Winter | 11 December 2012 “Many will go without legal advice and representation, and will be forced to navigate the justice system alone” – Bar Council spokesman Ministers are planning to use law students to help fill the gap left by cuts […]

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Police investigate ‘perjury’ by detective in Kroll-inspired case

Expert witness formally complains to Independent Police Complaints Commission By Tim Wood and Andrea Perry | 5 December 2012 “I personally was appalled by the overt and blatant lies that officer told on oath” – Ronald Cufley, expert witness Police are investigating a claim that a detective committed perjury in a doomed £1 million case triggered by corporate investigators Kroll. […]

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Officers questioned legality of police raids triggered by Kroll

Custody records expose worries about authorisation for raids in ‘harassment’ case By Tim Wood and Andrea Perry | 17 September 2012 “There is clear prima- facie evidence showing that raids carried out by the City of London Police should not have been authorised” – Michael Wolkind, barrister Police officers raised concerns about the legality of raids carried out as part […]

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Kroll persuaded City police to launch doomed £1m probe

Revealed: corporate sleuths initiated police investigation to protect client’s reputation By Tim Wood and Andrea Perry | 29 June 2012 “We can avoid being seen to have any role in prosecuting Puddick” – Benedict Hamilton, of Kroll, writing in an e-mail to colleagues Corporate investigators Kroll instigated a doomed £1 million police investigation to protect the reputation of an insurance […]

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Exposed: internal e-mails show how Kroll started police case

Kroll secured City police help in ‘Project Marten’ to protect sister company’s name By Tim Wood and Andrea Perry | 29 June 2012 Five confidential e-mails obtained by Exaro reveal the influence that US corporate-investigations giant Kroll was able to exert over a British police force. Kroll, which acts like a private intelligence agency, set out to silence Ian Puddick […]

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Mandarin had £40,000 rise after department ‘job swap’

By Alanah Eriksen | 29 July 2011 Britain’s top civil servant at the Home Office had a pay rise of around £40,000 when she switched to the same job at another department. Newly released pay data shows that Dame Helen Ghosh received an annual salary of between £180,000 and £184,999 as permanent secretary of the Home Office when […]

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How MPs voted on move to change Official Secrets Act over CSA

Conservatives and Liberal Democrats defeated ‘OSA immunity’ for abuse whistleblowers By Alex Varley-Winter and Mark Conrad | 21 March 2015 MPs largely divided along government-opposition lines over a vote to ensure that the Official Secrets Act does not cover historical allegations of child sex abuse. Theresa May, home secretary, has repeatedly given assurances that the act should not stop anyone […]