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Government Food Strategy slammed as “wholly inadequate” by campaigners warning of a “national food emergency”

The Food and Work Network – a coalition of academics, public health professionals, trade unionists and community activists based at Birkbeck College, University of London – today slammed as “wholly inadequate” the Government’s Food Strategy,  arguing that “it’s time to declare a National Food Emergency” to reflect the gravity of the situation. The Network has… Read more »

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John Reid scraps plans for merged criminal justice watchdogs
Justice watchdog merger plans scrapped

The government has scrapped controversial plans to merge five criminal justice watchdogs after peers overwhelmingly rejected them last week. Home secretary John Reid said yesterday the plans in the police and justice bill had been scrapped in favour of “enhanced joint working” between the five inspectorates. Ministers wanted to merge the prison, police, prosecution, probation… Read more »

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Lords reject government plans to merge police, probation and courts inspectors
Lords reject merged justice watchdog

Peers last night overwhelmingly rejected government plans to merge the prison, police, prosecution, probation and courts watchdogs into a single chief inspector. The House of Lords voted 211 to 98 to support Lord Ramsbottom’s amendment to the police and justice bill that would retain the five independent inspectorates, rather than merge them into one Chief… Read more »