July 2013

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Jul
2013
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Serco and pathology: the cost of profit

Serco was pleased to announce this month that GSTS Pathology – its joint venture with two London hospitals - was back in profit. But newly-released accounts show that, even after lab closures and accusations of cutting corners, GSTS is not yet the success story its owners like to suggest.

GSTS Pathology, the joint venture between outsourcing giant Serco and King’s, Guy’s and St Thomas' hospitals, made the somewhat underwhelming announcement this month that it hadn't lost money in 2012. A profit of £300,000 may not be much to shout about, but it's a lot better than the £6 million loss the venture had booked the previous year.


30
Jul
2013
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The battle of Balcombe: Resistance to fracking in Sussex

On the first day of the protest, Thursday 25th July, over 250 people stopped 15 trucks bringing equipment on to the site. On the second day more than 100 police were used to break the blockade and escort trucks on. The community continued to resist on the third day and by the fourth day Cuadrilla gave up on attempts to bring any trucks onto the site. Complaints have been made about heavy handed policing, and officers have been filmed using pain inducing techniques to force protesters from the road. So far 25 people have been arrested and 12 charged. Despite the large police presence, protesters say the camp is still going strong and are inviting people to come and join the resistance.


16
Jul
2013
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The Green Investment Bank's first year: Coal, big biomass and lessons for climate campaigners

Since the Green Investment Bank (GIB) was launched in November 2012, NGO criticism has focussed on its lack of borrowing powers and thus the limits to its ability to finance low-carbon and sustainable developments.