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Friday 25 April 2014

COMPASS: provision of asylum accommodation: fifty-fourth report of session 2013-14: report, together with formal minutes related to the report.

House of Commons papers (2013-14) - 1000.
Corporate Author:
Committee of Public Accounts
Author:
Margaret Hodge (chairman)

At any one time the Home Office (the Department) provides accommodation for around 23,000 destitute asylum seekers awaiting the outcome of their application to remain in the UK. The cost of providing this accommodation in 2011-12 was 150 million. In March 2012 the Department decided to introduce a new delivery model involving fewer and bigger housing providers than under previous contracts. There are now six regional contracts (known collectively as COMPASS), delivered by three prime contractors (G4S, Serco and Clearel, each of which has two contracts): these replaced 22 separate contracts with 13 different suppliers from across the private and voluntary sectors and local authorities. Savings of 140 million over seven years are forecast. The decision to rely on fewer, larger contractors was risky and has so far led to delays in providing suitable accommodation. The Department expected this to result in economies of scale. However, it is inconsistent with the Government's wider approach of encouraging more small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) to supply services to government. The transition to the new contracts was poorly managed: the three month mobilisation period for the contracts was very challenging. The Department has incurred additional costs and so is less likely to achieve the expected savings. The standard of the accommodation provided has often been unacceptably poor for a very fragile group of individuals and families and the companies failed to improve quality in a timely manner.

  • ISBN: 9780215071682
  • 6.50
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Health

WHO classification of tumours of female reproductive organs. 4th ed.

World Health Organization classification of tumours 6.
Corporate Author:
International Agency for Research on Cancer
Author:
R.J. Kurman

WHO Classification of Tumours of Female Reproductive Organs is the sixth volume in the 4th Edition of the WHO series on histological and genetic typing of human tumours. This authoritative, concise reference book provides an international standard for oncologists and pathologists and will serve as an indispensable guide for use in the design of studies monitoring response to therapy and clinical outcome. Diagnostic criteria, pathological features, and associated genetic alterations are described in a strictly disease-oriented manner. Sections on all recognized neoplasms and their variants include new ICD-O codes, epidemiology, clinical features, macroscopy, pathology, genetics, and prognosis and predictive factors. The book, prepared by 91 authors from 19 countries, contains more than 400 colour images and tables, and more than 2100 references

  • ISBN: 9789283224358
  • 120.00
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Law & Order

Social investment by charities: a consultation paper.

Consultation paper 216.
Corporate Author:
Law Commission.

Charities have traditionally both spent their funds in support of their charitable objectives, and invested so as to generate further funds for future initiatives. A charity making a social investment combines these objectives in one transaction, seeking to achieve both its charitable purposes and a financial benefit. Social investments include: individual investments, such as simple loans and share purchases; collective social investment where multiple investors pool their funds to achieve certain social outcomes; and social impact bonds. This consultation considers charity trustees' powers to make, and duties when making, social investments and to consider whether anything can be done by way of law reform to make those powers and duties clearer. Some charity trustees are not confident about making social investments because they are unsure whether their powers under the charity's governing document or under the general law authorise such investments. In addition, some charity trustees considering whether to make social investments may feel that they risk breaching their duties. The Commission provisionally proposes the introduction of a new statutory power to make social investments. The new power should supplement existing powers, forming part of the toolbox available to achieve charities' purposes. The new statutory power should be accompanied by a non-exhaustive checklist of factors that charity trustees may take into account in deciding whether to make a social investment. The consultation also concludes that permanent endowment can be used to make social investments which are anticipated to preserve the capital value of the endowment.

  • ISBN: 9780108560422
  • 21.25
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