All articles by: David Hencke

Citizenship scheme costs taxpayers millions

Published: March 22, 2017
Written by David Hencke

Taxpayers have paid out millions of pounds up front to organisations for “ghost places” on  David Cameron’s flagship  National Citizen Service  programme  which were never filled, a report by the …

Directors quit Adam Smith group

Published: March 8, 2017
Written by David Hencke

One of the major bidders for taxpayers’ money from the Department for Inter­national Development has withdrawn from the overseas aid programme  following scathing criticism by MPs for “improper behaviour”. Adam …

Watchdog questions value of youth projects

Published: February 11, 2017
Written by David Hencke

Theresa May has tweaked the progress of  National Citizen Service – one of David Cameron’s “big society” projects – by limiting money and dropping a commitment to a statutory requirement …

Equalities watchdog faces strike action

Published: February 11, 2017
Written by David Hencke

Compulsory redundancy notices were expected to be issued to staff at the Equality and Human Rights Commission this week as  unions PCS and Unite pledged themselves to further one day …

Abuse of prosecutorial power

Published: January 25, 2017
Written by David Hencke

On March 8 last year, Adrianna, wife of Alexander Adamescu who is facing extradition under a European Arrest Warrant from the UK to Romania, was driving back to her flat …

Tax workers to face commuting hell

Published: January 17, 2017
Written by David Hencke

Some 38,000 tax officials are to be forced to become long term commuters to keep their jobs under a huge re-organisation which the National Audit Office says could even hit …

Unison election case to continue

Published: January 17, 2017
Written by David Hencke

The hearing into the handling by officials of the election of Dave Prentis, general secretary of Britain’s biggest public sector union, Unison, has been extended for a further day next …

Unison faces court challenge

Published: December 18, 2016
Written by David Hencke

The election of general secretary of Unison, Britain’s biggest public sector trade union, is to be challenged at a three day public hearing next week. All four rival candidates – …

Treasury admits cash shortfall

Published: November 22, 2016
Written by David Hencke

The government took advantage of the Trump victory at the US election to release information revealing almost £1 billion of accounting blunders affecting military veterans and control over private management …

ACAS faces legal action by union

Published: November 4, 2016
Written by David Hencke

The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas), which sets the gold standard for settling labour disputes, is facing being taken to a tribunal itself for failing to consult its staff …

BBC losing out on iPlayer fees

Published: September 23, 2016
Written by David Hencke

The cash strapped BBC is failing to recover tens of millions of pounds for broadcasters by not having  an up to date strategy on licence evaders. A report by the …

Auditors find payment errors

Published: August 8, 2016
Written by David Hencke

Overworked staff at a Ministry of Justice agency made a series of serious blunders in paying out complex criminal compensation payments to victims, a report by the government’s auditors has …

Lib Dems fighting back

Published: July 22, 2016
Written by David Hencke

David Hencke Westminster Correspondent The Liberal Democrats may finally be shaking off their disastrous perform­ance in the last general election and winning council seats in the shires again. In the …

Millions owing to UK farmers

Published: July 22, 2016
Written by David Hencke

Andrea Leadsom, the new Eurosceptic environment secretary and former challenger to Theresa May, is to be lumbered with paying out possibly hundreds of millions in European Union fines long after …

EHRC accused of discrimination

Published: May 29, 2016
Written by David Hencke

Civil servants at the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) are planning to go to arbitration as the organisation stands accused of targeting black, disabled and ethnic minority staff by …

MPs versus mandarin: round two

Published: May 1, 2016
Written by David Hencke

A senior civil servant will be given a fresh chance on May 3 to explain the more than £1 billion of criminal assets that should have been seized by the …

Ministers chase dormant cash to alleviate cuts

Published: April 3, 2016
Written by David Hencke

Cabinet Office ministers are planning to hand out £1 billion of other people’s unclaimed money and pensions next year to “good causes” to alleviate the cuts to services being implemented …

MPs angry at equality choice

Published: April 3, 2016
Written by David Hencke

A major row has broken out between Parliament and the Government over the appointment of a new chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Watchdog says Tory cuts make crime pay

Published: March 20, 2016
Written by David Hencke

Theresa May’s claim that “crime doesn’t pay” has been totally undermined by public spending cuts targeting trained financial investigators employed to confiscate the assets of wealthy criminals.