UK / CHILD ABUSE
Shadow education secretary Lucy Powell is calling for greater safeguards on who can work as private tutors for children.
The Labour MP made the call after Exaro established that teachers who are banned from the profession or even have convictions for child abuse are free to work as private tutors. Parents have no way of carrying out their own background checks for most private tutors.
Business / RBS
Evidence that Libor rigging by the Royal Bank of Scotland was wider than so far admitted will be heard at the High Court this week.
Internal bank documents suggest that RBS, in addition to rigging the Libor inter-bank interest rate in Japanese yen and Swiss francs, as it has admitted, also manipulated the benchmark in US dollars and British pounds.
UK / POLICE
Police today submitted a file to the Crown Prosecution Service on allegations against a former MP of raping an under-age girl.
The CPS will decide whether there is sufficient evidence to charge the former MP, along with several other alleged perpetrators of repeated sexual abuse against the girl. Detectives interviewed the ex-MP under caution over the allegations last October, but have not arrested him.
UK / CQC
England’s health watchdog has given up on meeting its target of inspecting all care homes for elderly people under a new rating regime by September.
Exaro has established that the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has again fallen far behind in its programme to inspect social-care services for adults under a new rating system introduced in response to Robert Francis’s inquiry into the Mid-Staffordshire NHS foundation trust.
UK / CHILD ABUSE
Children’s charity NSPCC is to stop providing the helpline service for the overarching inquiry into child sex abuse.
The helpline service attracted strong criticism from some abuse survivors when it started. A month after the helpline launched, the inquiry announced that it would tender the contract to run the service. The £1m contract is for three years, with an option to extend it to 2020.
John McDonnell to accuse oil giants of North Sea tax avoidance
Chancellor George Osborne is to be challenged by his opposite number over claims of tax avoidance on oil companies’ revenues from North Sea fields. Labour’s John McDonnell, shadow chancellor, is to demand an explanation from Osborne after a report by the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) claimed that major oil companies appeared to have avoided tax on huge revenues from the North Sea.
Online Media Awards shortlists Exaro for best breaking story
Exaro has been nominated for ‘breaking news story of the year’ in this year’s Online Media Awards for revealing the findings of the Smith review. We have been shortlisted in the awards for online journalism, covering the year to March 2016, for revealing details of the leaked report of the review into sexual abuse by the late BBC star, Sir Jimmy Savile, at the broadcaster.
Westland’s ‘Mr Fixit’ named in Italian court’s ‘corruption’ ruling
British arms-dealer Christian Michel is named in an Italian court judgment as the central figure in the corrupt sale of UK-made helicopters to India. An appeal court in Italy ruled that two chiefs at the Anglo-Italian helicopter manufacturer, AgustaWestland, provided Michel with €30 million for “corrupt activities” to help win a €560 million deal in 2010 for the sale of 12 AW101 helicopters to India.
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