July 2015

24
Jul
2015

Home Office 'self-audit' system for detention centres revealed

The government's system for monitoring companies it pays to run migrant detention centres has been called into question after a year-long freedom of information battle won disclosure of confidential 'self-audits'. The documents reveal how contractors are paid according to their own monthly performance reports. The Home Office has refused to say if it scrutinises the data submitted by the companies.


24
Jul
2015
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'Frustrated and disappointed': a Midas Care worker speaks out

After reading the Corporate Watch reports on MiHomecare underpaying home care staff and 'clipping' visits short, care worker Yun Ysi Siew contacted us to raise concerns about Midas Care, a small, family-owned company that is contracted by Cambridgeshire County Council to provide care for local residents. Here, she describes her experience working for them.

I started working as a support worker for Midas Care in April 2015 while I was finishing my studies at Cambridge. I believe that this agency is unethical. Most of my appointments are scheduled back-to-back and have to be rushed as a result. This without doubt tremendously affects the quality of care we are able to give. If we spend the full visit time on the first client, we will be late for the next appointment. In fact, over the last two months, I have never been on time for any clients except the first one of each shift.


07
Jul
2015
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Controversial courier company sending millions offshore to owners

UPDATE 06/01/16: After mounting pressure from couriers, Citysprint have agreed to pay the equivalent of the London Living Wage. Click here for more details.

One of the UK's biggest delivery companies is sending millions of pounds to its owners through tax havens, while refusing couriers' demands for “decent” pay.

By analysing company accounts and other financial records, Corporate Watch has found CitySprint – which calls itself the leading same-day delivery service in the UK - has racked up £8.2m in interest on loans from the investment fund that bought the company in 2010. As the loans have been taken out through the Channel Islands Stock Exchange, a legal loophole means CitySprint's tax bills will be slashed while the interest on the loans can be sent to owners tax free.