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Met police dropped 30,000 criminal investigations in first 24 hours last year | UK news | The Guardian
Sexual assaults and arson are among the crimes that are being ‘screened out’ within a day of being reported [...] Screening out is the process whereby the Met decides which offences to stop investigating after a primary assessment. In October 2017, in a move denounced as a “green light to thieve”, the Met said it would screen out more investigations, saying that it would end investigations into many reports of crimes, including burglaries, thefts and assaults, where there was judged to be little prospect of identifying a suspect. The force said the step was necessary to balance the books. // &! https://www.theguardian.com/law/2018/sep/09/miscarriage-of-justice-bodys-funding-cuts-criticised-as-workload-grows - Miscarriage of justice body's funding cuts criticised as workload grows Cuts having severe impact on work of Criminal Cases Review Commission, critics say

&! https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/sep/11/home-office-ignorant-of-strain-on-police-after-cuts-says-watchdog
UK  Austerity  Justice  Tories  nastie  party  Conservative  Theresa  May  Police  injustice 
13 days ago by asterisk2a
Universal credit could be sunk by next stage of rollout, say experts | Society | The Guardian
The Resolution Foundation estimates that 1.8 million working families will see their incomes drop when they move onto the new system. [...] Campaigners fear that the abrupt nature of the migration – claimants will be sent a letter giving them three months to apply for universal credit before their current benefits are cancelled – will see many vulnerable people fall out of the benefits system.
Universal  Credit  DWP  JAM  ESA  Disabled  tax  UK  Austerity  Theresa  May 
16 days ago by asterisk2a
The Guardian view on public services: the state has abandoned its responsibilities | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian
Cuts have led to chaos and failure in the justice and benefits systems, and vulnerable people including children are the victims [...] Meanwhile, mounting chaos in the justice system is finally attracting public attention. Last month the government stripped the private contractor G4S of responsibility for Birmingham prison, admitting that officers there had effectively lost control. This followed an announcement that the partial privatisation of probation services has failed and will be reversed. This week MPs debated a review of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act amid rising concerns over the impact of legal aid cuts, including the phenomenon of “advice deserts” in parts of the country where services have virtually ceased to exist. A growing sense of crisis in the courts themselves is ably documented in the new eponymous book by the Secret Barrister.

Now council leaders are warning that children’s services face a tipping point, with 90 children entering care every day but repeated appeals for additional funding from the Treasury rejected.
UK  Austerity  injustice  Brexit  Council 
16 days ago by asterisk2a
Families 'can't afford to follow healthy diet guidance' - BBC News
The Food Foundation says the poorest fifth of homes with children would have to spend 42% of their disposable income (after housing costs) to meet guidance set out in the Eatwell Guide.
UK  poverty  child  public  health  prevention  obesity  overweight  food  Brexit  GFC  social  trap  income  mobility  downward  inequality  FoodBank  Austerity  meritocracy  meritocratic  class 
17 days ago by asterisk2a

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