All articles by: David Hencke

Scrutinise our banks? EU law says No

Published: March 6, 2016
Written by David Hencke

European Union law is blocking Parliament’s spending watchdog from scrutinising banks and finance companies to see if they are now properly protecting consumers in the wake of one of the …

Spending watchdog lacks bite

Published: February 21, 2016
Written by David Hencke

The public body that investigates thousands of complaints against solicitors and barristers for mishandling conveyancing and personal injury cases has paid out more than £1 million in unauthorised benefits to …

Fees hike for health and care

Published: January 10, 2016
Written by David Hencke

The Department of Health is planning to raise £780 million by substantially increasing compulsory inspection fees by the Care Quality Commission for all health and social care services provided by …

Ten new jobs for former Tory minister

Published: December 20, 2015
Written by David Hencke

A Tory minister who resigned a year ago because the “intolerable” parliamentary expenses system made it impossible for him to live on £110,000 a year has taken 10 new jobs …

NAO damns Osborne’s technology plans

Published: December 6, 2015
Written by David Hencke

A damning criticism of George Osborne’s strategy to make huge savings by relying on new technology to replace civil servants is revealed in two reports by the National Audit Office.

Mental health services face massive cuts

Published: November 21, 2015
Written by David Hencke

David Cameron’s commitment to improve mental health services is in danger of becoming a casualty of the current spending round negotiations due to be announced by the chancellor, George Osborne …

Top civil servant in steel clash

Published: November 7, 2015
Written by David Hencke

A top civil servant at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills tried to stop a £1.7 million payment to redundant apprentices thrown out of jobs by the closure of …

Saudi deal U-turn after Tribune exposure

Published: October 24, 2015
Written by David Hencke

A row that split the Cabinet has forced the Government to cancel a £5.9 million contract to provide prison expertise to the repressive Saudi Arabian regime which was originally revealed …

BBC charter talks trouble over Savile

Published: October 11, 2015
Written by David Hencke

The negotiations over the future of the BBC’s charter are becoming entangled in highly damaging findings by an independent review into how the corporation handled the paedophile Jimmy Savile.

UK-Saudi cash pact revealed

Published: September 28, 2015
Written by David Hencke

Britain’s special and deferential relationship with Saudi Arabia has been exposed in an extraordinary decision by Michael Gove, the Justice Secretary, to provide Government help and training for the barbaric …

Human rights court challenge for Gove

Published: July 12, 2015
Written by David Hencke

Justice Secretary Michael Gove is facing a High Court challenge for decisions taken by his predecessor to sell commercial prison expertise to Saudi Arabia and Oman.

Whitehall chiefs’ tax avoidance continues

Published: March 21, 2015
Written by David Hencke

Hundreds of senior Whitehall officials are still getting away without being properly scrutinised for tax avoidance some two years after Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, ordered a huge …