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Council issues threat to private schools over 11-plus ‘coaching’

Buckinghamshire County Council bans primaries from giving pupils extra help for test By Susan Cooke | 23 May 2013 “We should endeavour to reduce the impact of coaching when selecting a school for a child to attend” – Philip Wayne, head teacher, Chesham Grammar School Council officials are threatening to punish private schools that offer “coaching” to pupils […]

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Lawyers threaten to paralyse Britain’s courts with ‘strike’ action

Barristers withdraw labour to attend meetings in protest against changes to legal aid By Alex Varley-Winter and Susan Cooke “A cheap advocate will be incentivised to have people plead guilty whether they are or not” – Barrister999 Lawyers are gearing up to protest about reforms to legal aid by staging “strikes” nationwide that threaten chaos in courts in England […]

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CPS makes staff redundant in cuts that ‘threaten’ prosecutions

Crown Prosecution Service is already ‘too stretched’ after previous cuts, lawyers claim By Susan Cooke | 18 April 2013 “The CPS lawyers already have their backs up against the wall”  – Defence barrister Problems over the Crown Prosecution Service’s performance will be fuelled by a fresh round of redundancies, lawyers are warning. Exaro can reveal that the CPS […]

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HMRC probes hospitals’ partnerships with private pharmacies

VAT anomaly that sparked spread of private chemists in NHS hospitals faces clampdown By Susan Cooke | 4 March 2013 “HMRC is currently reviewing the different structures being used” – HMRC spokesman Tax officials are investigating a loophole that allows the NHS to avoid paying VAT on medicines for out-patients – following disclosures by Exaro. In December 2011, […]

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Analysis: EADS investors shrug off bribery case at UK offshoot

EADS distances itself from troubled British subsidiary with huge Saudi defence contract By Richard Wachman | 11 September 2012 “The SFO investigation may not be affecting the EADS share price, but it could have a big impact” One of Europe’s biggest arms companies is caught up in a criminal investigation over allegations of bribery. Sounds serious, no? Perhaps, […]

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Major European airline pays ‘bonuses’ to pilots to carry less fuel

As oil price rises, pilots’ group accuses airline of putting profits before passenger safety By Keith Perry and Susan Cooke | 10 September 2012 “There is one major airline that we know that gives financial bonuses if you use less fuel” – Nico Voorbach, president, European Cockpit Association Pilots at a major European airline are being offered bonuses to encourage […]

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How Virgin flight from Florida ran low on fuel after diversion

Jumbo 747 passenger jet hit blustery weather, then captain raised alarm on fuel By Roger Wilsher, Keith Perry, Susan Cooke and Alison Winward | 18 August 2012 Passengers boarding Virgin Atlantic flight number VS16 were leaving behind the breezy evening cool of Florida’s Orlando. They had no idea of the terrifying journey ahead. Their Boeing 747-443, named ‘Jersey Girl’, was destined for […]

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Reports to CAA of UK passenger jets’ low-fuel emergencies

Civil Aviation Authority records 28 cases of aircraft running low on fuel over two years By Keith Perry, Susan Cooke, Alison Winward and Roger Wilsher | 18 August 2012 “Since July 2010, 28 commercial passenger aircraft landing in the UK were forced to declare low-fuel emergencies” Exaro today publishes details of reports of UK passenger aircraft declaring emergencies after running low on […]

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MPs summon BBC and council chiefs over ‘off payroll’ deals

Select committee to hold hearings into routing pay via personal-service companies By David Hencke | 10 July 2012 “I have asked the BBC and the Local Government Association to come before the committee to answer questions about tax avoidance” – Margaret Hodge, chairwoman, public accounts committee MPs are summoning chiefs from the BBC and local government to explain […]

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DPP Keir Starmer tells prosecutors to do extra training

CPS barristers ‘damage confidence’ over decisions on accepting guilty pleas By Susan Cooke | 18 June 2012 “It is axiomatic that when a plea is accepted to a less serious offence than is demonstrated by the evidence… a great deal of damage is done to public confidence” – Keir Starmer, director of public prosecutions UK prosecutors are being told […]