Emphasis On Queue Times Causing Border Staff To Neglect Other Duties

A recent report pointed that the pressure at the UK borders was too high so staff there were made to cut down on searches in order to reduce queues and perform full passport checks.
The pressure had to be lowered during the Olympics last year, when the home secretary Theresa May used to receive current information about the queues every day.

These measures led to cutting queue times and now the Border Force tries to keep this achievement.
Some say these measures are not right because many duties need to be neglected so that the queue time drops. Some of the things missed are searching vehicles for illegal immigrants and checking travelers for contraband.
According to NAO these changes could mean that queues are more important than some aspects of performance which may later turn out to be dangerous.
The home secretary has to be informed about any failure to carry out a full passport check.

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In the words of Labour, the lack of sources was to be blamed for the failings.
Between April 2010 and March 2012, Border Force staff fell from 8,023 to 7,527 but funding will be increased for the next year so the number of staff is planned to reach 8,477.
Margaret Hodge from the public accounts committee commended the Border Force for reducing queuing times at the Olympics, but added: “…it is deeply worrying that this came at the expense of its other responsibilities, particularly customs. The Border Force must be able to check both goods and passengers at the same time – border security cannot be an either/or choice.”
Immigration minister Mark Harper blamed the previous government for many of the current problems.

 

 

Barclays Hit With $453m Fine By US Energy Regulators

Barclays were fined $453m (£300m) because they have been manipulating electricity prices.

The UK bank was given 30 day in order to pay back the profits they gained of the manipulated prices in California and other US states.

The Financial Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) said that their actions “demonstrate an affirmative, coordinated and intentional effort to carry out a manipulative scheme”.

The regulators built their case on evidence acquired from electronic communications between traders. They were caught boasting their ability to manipulate market in many messages.By the way, did you check our business document templates?

Barclays, on the other hand, said they were disappointed by the action of FERC as according to their words there was nothing they had to be fined for. They added they would defend themselves and their reputation.

Trading for which they are accused of took place between November 2006 and December 2008.

The FERC expressed their concerns due to the fact that Barclays did not try to remedy them.

In spite of this, Barclays claimed they were acting legitimately, and in “compliance with applicable law”.

In the recent years there are always scandals around Barclays.

In 2012, UK and US regulators fined them £290m because they had tried to manipulate interest rates  and earn money from the borrowing of million people around the world.

FERC was praised by Ron Wyden, chairman of the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee, on the message they send to traders and banks. In his words customers should stop living with the feeling that traders are “stacking the deck against them to rack up unjust profits”.

 

MoJ Announces Resettlement Jails to Release Prisoners Close to Home

Due to the new plans of the MoJ, while still serving their sentences, male prisoners would have the right to be moved close to the place where they live.

By the autumn of 2014 most male prisoners have to be moved into new “resettlement jails” created from old already existing prisons.

This change will be in force for those prisoners who are sentenced to 12 months less. Others with longer sentences will go to resettlement jails not earlier than three months before they are released.

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling announced that the aim of the proposed changes is to help prisoners in their rehabilitation process. After they are released, they might need to start their own business, which requires a wide variety of business document templates and of course if they are willing to employ people, many employment documents should take place.

“Rehabilitation in the community must begin behind the prison walls and follow offenders out through the gates if we are to stand a chance of freeing them from a life of crime,” he said.

MoJ stated that the number of prisons releasing adult male prisoners is currently 100 and the expected number for the future is 11.

According to Paul McDowell, the proposed changes were good but there were still many things, which had to be done.

In his opinion, jails were not the best option for people serving short sentences. He considers they might improve their behaviour being in the community.

“But putting communities at the heart of the criminal justice system through the development of resettlement prisons is a step in the right direction.”

Shadow justice secretary Sadiq Khan, on the other hand, expressed her doubts about the effectiveness of the plans. She mentioned nobody had said how will the reorganization of the prisons be funded.

Later this year will become clear if women’s prisons will be included into a similar scheme.

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David Cameron ‘warned he cannot stop pay rise for MPs’

BBC found out that the Prime Minister David Cameron will most probably not succeed to block plans for a big pay rise for MPs.

The salaries of the backbench MPs’ are expected to increase from £66,000 to more than £70,000.

PM did not agree with these plans but he could do nothing to stop these.

In the words of the BBC’s political editor the recommendation of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority’s (Ipsa) would make voters angry because the time was such of pay restraints in the public as well as in the private sectors.

Later this month Ipsa is going to announce its initial recommendations. Before it publishes them. MPs and members of the public would be given the possibility to participate in a consultation and right after it finishes the final plans would come into force.

Several newspapers published that the expected increase of backbench MPs salaries is of 15%. Obviously many business documents will be signed before we see it working, but let`s see what the PM thinks.

Speaking in Pakistan, Mr Cameron said:

“Anything would be unthinkable unless the cost of politics was frozen and cut, so I’ll wait and see what Ipsa have to say. What I said to Ipsa was that restraint is necessary.”

Nick Robinson said that in case the government decided to ignore Ipsa’s recommendations MPs would not support its decision.

Last year the Commons agreed to extend the pay freeze into 2013.

However, due to an anonymous online survey 69% of the MPs who were asked were underpaid. They suggested an average salary of £86,250.

Former Labour minister and chairman of the Home Affairs select committee Keith Vaz said: “The last thing on earth MPs should be talking about is their own pay.”