Dept 'not fit for purpose'
Split will make Home Office fit for modern world

The Home Office is to concentrate on security and counter-terrorism, creating a slimmer department to “meet the challenges of today’s world”, the home secretary confirmed today. A new Ministry of Justice will be created within the Department for Constitutional Affairs, with responsibility for probation, prisons and sentencing policy from May 9th. This will see the… Read more »

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Two thousand schoolchildren ‘learn moor’

More than 2,000 schoolchildren were treated to an upland educational experience during this year’s Let’s Learn Moor events. Talks and interactive presentations were provided by those who live and work in the uplands including gamekeepers, farmers, conservationists, local organisations and the emergency services. Now in its fifth year the project continues to offer local schools… Read more »

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Govt moves to 'privatise' probation service
Government wins probation victory

The government has won a vote on privatising parts of the probation service. The offender management bill passed its third reading in the Commons last night by 293 to 268, although the government’s majority fell from 65 to 25. Firms and voluntary groups could now be given control of parts of the probation service, in… Read more »