February 2013

17
Feb
2013
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UKBA letter to potential deportees institutionalises controversial 'reserves' policy

 

'Inhumane'

In January last year, the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee called for an immediate halt to the practice of taking additional deportees from detention centres to airports as 'reserves', in case some of those due to be deported were taken off a flight as a result of last-minute legal representations.


15
Feb
2013
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Leaking away: The financial costs of water privatisation

 

As water bills rise again, an investigation by Corporate Watch into the finances of the 19 water and sewerage companies in England and Wales has found:

- Almost one third of the money spent on water bills goes to banks and investors as interest and dividends.

- People are paying £2 billion more a year – or around £80 per household - than they would be if the water and sewerage supply was publicly financed.

- Six companies are avoiding millions in tax by routing profits through tax havens, using a regulatory loophole the government has chosen to keep open.

- The CEOs of the 19 water companies were paid almost £10m in salaries and other bonuses in 2012.

Click here to download a pdf version, including all tables and statistics


11
Feb
2013
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Roads to nowhere in Bexhill and Hastings

The Combe Haven Defenders are a group of local people determined to prevent the environmentally disastrous white-elephant that is the Bexhill-Hastings Link Road from devastating one of Hastings’ and Bexhill’s most amazing natural treasures. They demand an affordable, sustainable transport system for the area, that improves the quality of all our lives without costing the earth. It is likely that this is just the beginning of many more road schemes to follow.

Outline


11
Feb
2013
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The construction companies: Hochtief-Vinci

 

Both companies are within the top 10 biggest construction companies in the world. VINCI, a French owned multi-national, is the highest ranking non-Chinese company (#5) and HOCHTIEF is Germany's largest construction firm (#10).[2] They both have complex corporate structures and extensive global networks of subsidiaries and concessions.

HOCHTIEF(UK)