The NCIA continues to prick the establishment conscience

The December NCIA newsletter is packed with insight and information about the comings and goings within the voluntary sector, declaring:

We may be a pinprick in the side of the colluders and brown nosers of the voluntary sector establishment but we will do our best to keep sticking the pin in.

The NCIA’s monthly ‘That takes the Biscuit’ Award goes to:

G4S and SERCO who received over half of Government’s spending on contracted out detention and surveillance services

More than half Government spending on private contractors by the UK Border Agency and the National Offender Management Service during the first year of the coalition government went to just two companies G4S and SERCO, a new report from the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies reveals. The report, UK Justice Policy Review, shows that out of a total of £745 million spent between May 2010 and April 2011 one third went to G4S, who received £229 million. A further £154 million, one fifth of the total, went to SERCO. The contracts covered a range of services including detention, surveillance, prisoner escort and deportation. Be dismayed here:

Amongst a whole range of revelations we find that:

Some charity subcontractors involved in the delivery of the National Citizen Service will lose a quarter of their funding next year as a result of changes to the structure of the programme. One subcontractor told Third Sector magazine it was paid £1,300 per place for delivering the pilot programme in 2012, but it was being offered only about £980 per place  by the prime contractor SERCO – a reduction of 25 per cent –to deliver the contract in 2013. The SERCO-led consortium, NCS Network, scooped up six of the 19 regional contracts available for 2013 and 2014. Surprise, surprise….

NCIA Inquiry into Local Activism and Dissent

Over the summer and early autumn of 2012, Penny Waterhouse from NCIA gathered information about activism springing up locally and about the different models of radical support for this action. The results are encouraging: Active Dissent is alive and well – and sometimes works! A summary paper of the Inquiry is available – you can get hold of it on this page of the NCIA website, where you can also see what the Planning Group on the 30th November made of it. Penny is now finishing off the full write up of this piece of work and that will available in the New Year. A lively discussion has also sprung up about the issues on the NatCAN site and you can join in here – – if you’re minded to.

Much more besides  here – December 2012 Newsletter 30


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