Round-up of the week

    Round up of the week

    Week beginning Monday 7th February

    Monday 7th February

     
    Charles Clarke

    Charles Clarke published the Home Office five-year strategy on
    asylum which included plans to detain more asylum seekers whose
    claims had failed. The government plans to step-up the removal of
    unsuccessful applicants and there will be tighter controls
    throughout the system including the electronic tagging of asylum
    seekers.

    Tuesday 8th February

    It emerged that plans to transfer seven government programmes to
    the Social Care Institute of Excellence have been scrapped. The
    decision is thought to be as a result of SCIE’s independence
    clashing with ministers’ desire to retain control.
    The programmes, which include the National Institute for Mental
    Health in England and the Valuing People Support Team, will still
    be merged, but separately from SCIE.

    Wednesday 9th February

     
    Margaret Hodge

    Children’s minister Margaret Hodge told the education and
    skills committee inquiry that schools may be offered financial
    incentives to get them to take on vulnerable pupils in the
    future.

    Thursday 10th February

    The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister published its response
    to the Gershon review which includes a plan to make savings of
    £20 billion to feed back into improved public services. It
    outlines that the money saved on procurement can be used to provide
    more social housing and ensure higher standards.

    This week from the Mubarek inquiry

    Monday 7th February

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    Zahid Mubarek

    The former director general of the Prison Service Martin Narey
    told the inquiry that he had considered resigning from the post at
    the time of Mubarek’s murder but was talked out of it by the
    then home secretary Jack Straw.

    Tuesday 8th February

    Giving evidence to the inquiry, Narey continued that prisons
    across London were a “nightmare” at the time of
    Mubarek’s death and that Feltham YOI where the teenager was
    murdered was not the only problem jail.

    Wednesday 9th February

    Narey told the inquiry how the governor at Feltham YOI at the
    time of Mubarek’s murder “broke down” following
    the tragedy. He added that he had to remove Niall Clifford from the
    post as he felt the governor would have been extremely damaged had
    he remained in post.

    Thursday 10th February

    Prison officer at Feltham YOI Julie Goodman denied having
    participated in ‘Gladiator-style’ games by placing
    unsuitable inmates together in cells.

     

     

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