All articles by: David Hencke

Corbyn effect boosts political activity

Published: September 22, 2017
Written by David Hencke

The number of political activists in Britain has doubled in the last four years – mainly but not entirely due to the resurgence of Labour under Jeremy Corbyn, a paper …

NAO discovers benefits overpayments

Published: July 29, 2017
Written by David Hencke

The government has overpaid people an estimated £5bn in benefits and tax credits despite initiating a harsh crackdown on benefit claimants and tough checks on tax credits, the National Audit …

Northern Ireland boundary changes could scupper May

Published: July 16, 2017
Written by David Hencke

The fragile arrangement between Theresa May’s government and the Democratic Unionist Party could fall apart next year because of highly controversial proposals by the boundary commission to redraw constituencies which …

Attempt to gag watchdog after patients put at risk

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by David Hencke

A French-owned private company and an accountancy firm has tried to gag Parliament’s financial watchdog from reporting the scandal of mislaid 700,000 NHS correspondence files. The report reveals that BDO, …

Tories plan rights clampdown

Published: June 16, 2017
Written by David Hencke

A tough and controversial new law to curb extremism following the two terrorist outrages during the election campaign is certain to be included in the delayed Queen’s Speech by the …

Unison official ‘broke rules’

Published: June 6, 2017
Written by David Hencke

A  £70,000 a year senior Unison official  has been savagely criticised by a part time judge for breaking union campaigning rules to ensure the re-election of Dave Prentis as general …

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One of the major bidders for taxpayers’ money from the Department for Inter­national Development has withdrawn from the overseas aid programme  following scathing criticism by MPs for “improper behaviour”.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