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President Donald Trump said Thursday he did not ask FBI Director James Comey to end his investigation into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

Source: Trump says he did not ask Comey to end investigation – CNNPolitics.com


Kids Company, a children’s charity, received at least £46m of public funding. Officials raised concerns about the charity’s cash flow and financial sustainability at least 6 times between 2002 and 2015 but the charity never reached a position where it was able to operate without government assistance.

Source: Investigation: the government’s funding of Kids Company | National Audit Office (NAO)


Disabled members of the Conservative party have launched their own investigation into the closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF), following widespread concerns about its impact across the country. The Conservative Disability Group (CDG) has issued an appeal to former ILF-users and those who had friends or relatives who were recipients of ILF funding to help with the research. Disabled campaigners have accused the government of trying to “wash its hands of all responsibility” for meeting the social care support needs of former ILF-recipients, with the transition process hit by reports of cuts to their care packages. ILF was funded by the Department for Work and Pensions, and when it closed on 30 June 2015 it was helping nearly 17,000 disabled people with the highest support needs to live independently. But ministers decided it should be scrapped, promising instead that nine months’ worth of non-ring-fenced funding would be transferred through DCLG to councils in England, and to

Source: Disabled Tories launch investigation into impact of ILF closure | DisabledGo News and Blog


Original post from NBC News

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Attorney General Loretta Lynch, citing a “serious erosion of public trust,” announced Friday that the Justice Department would investigate whether the Baltimore police had engaged in a pattern of civil rights violations.

She said the investigation would look into whether the department had used excessive force, carried out unlawful searches and seizures or engaged in discrimination.

The announcement came 11 days after rioting broke out in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray, who suffered a spinal cord injury in police custody. Baltimore’s chief prosecutor later said that the arrest was illegal and charged six police officers with crimes.

“We have watched as Baltimore has struggled with issues that face cities across our country today,” Lynch told reporters.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake asked for the probe, known as a pattern-or-practice investigation, on Wednesday. The Justice Department rarely declines such a request from a mayor or police chief.

The Justice Department wrapped up a similar investigation of the Ferguson, Missouri, police in March. That investigation found that the department routinely violated the Constitution, engaged in racial bias and focused on making money over public safety.

And last year, the Justice Department concluded that police in Cleveland had engaged in a pattern of “unreasonable and in some cases unnecessary force,” including shootings, blows to the head and excessive force against the mentally ill.

In Baltimore, the riots erupted on Lynch’s first day as attorney general. She said that she had watched them on television and felt “profound sadness.”

“It was profound sadness for the loss of life, for the erosion of trust, for the sadness and despair that the community was feeling, for the frustration that I know the police officers were feeling also.”

IN-DEPTH

— Pete Williams and Erin McClam…….’

Original post from ABC

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An investigation has been launched after a special needs child was allegedly put in a two-metre by two-metre, cage-like structure made of pool fencing at a Canberra public school.

Education Minister Joy Burch said between March 10 and March 27 the child was placed in a “withdrawal space” inside the classroom.

It is understood the incident involved a 10-year-old boy with autism.

Words could not describe her disappointment and horror at the situation, Ms Burch said.

“This structure could not be deemed acceptable in any way shape or form, in any of our public education schools, hence it was withdrawn,” she said.

“I have initiated an absolute thorough investigation as to the why and where … this structure was allowed to be put in place.

“I have also made assurances through the school executive and through our support teams that the child and the family involved is given the utmost support over this time.”

The school principal has been stood aside, but the name of the school cannot be revealed for privacy reasons.

The issue emerged last week after a complaint was made to the Children and Young People’s Commissioner.

Parents with students at the school have been informed of the incident.

Ms Burch said the student remained at the school and two extra staff had since been assigned.

‘This is not how our students should be treated’

Diane Joseph from the ACT Education Directorate said it was an isolated example of very poor decision making.

“The space was basically a fenced-in structure inside a classroom,” she said.

“It was entirely inappropriate and unacceptable, and the structure has been removed.

“The decision to erect such a structure raises so many questions.

“This is not how our students should be treated.”

The withdrawal space was built for a particular student, but the directorate conceded it did not know if it had been used for other students.

The Minister said an investigation would be conducted in two streams with the first stage expected to be completed within weeks.

It would be led by someone independent of the ACT Education and Training Directorate.

Independent inquiry needed ‘without delay’

Hugh Boulter from the ACT public school Parents and Citizens Association said he was most alarmed at the news and has called for a speedy, independent inquiry.

Hugh Boulter from the ACT P and C Association was alarmed by news of a cage being used at a public school.

“At this stage on behalf of the P and C Council and ACT parents I would call for an independent inquiry to be conducted without delay,” he said.

“I would also ask that it is important not to speculate until the findings of the independent inquiry are handed down and fully evaluated to ensure natural justice.

“I’d also call for the directorate to make inquiries in to non-government schools as well, immediately, to remove any question of systemic performance in the ACT.”

Liberal ACT MLA Steve Doszpot was horrified by what he had heard so far about the case and said many questions remained unanswered.

“Have these sort of situations occurred before? And do we have any other structures like this in other schools? Why has it taken so long for the issue to be escalated?” he said.

“I understand that the Directorate knew about this last Thursday, and it is now a week later.

“So these are questions that remain to be answered and an inquiry is the very least that should happen.”

Meanwhile, the Federal Assistant Social Services Minister Mitch Fifield expressed his concern over the incident on ABC’s Radio National.

“It’s appalling what we’ve heard from the ACT,” he said.

“Regrettably, we do hear of instances around Australia in schools from time to time where there are inappropriate restrictive practices used.

“This is something that we need to look at, not just in schools, but also as we look to the roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) nationwide.”

Senator Fifield said the roll-out of the NDIS would improve safeguards for people with disabilities, and help implement uniform national complaint practices.

Ms Burch has appealed for the media to consider the privacy of the family involved.  …….’


Original postfrom National Audit Office*

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Full report: Investigation into potential conflicts of interest in the award of Disabled Students’ Allowance

The National Audit Office has today published the findings from its investigation into potential conflicts of interest in the award of Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA). The report examines in particular the arrangements for disabled students at Plymouth University whose support requirements were assessed by an assessment centre based on the University’s main campus.

In response to concerns raised in 2013 by the Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, the NAO has investigated three specific issues:

  • whether there are potential conflicts of interest in the assessment of support requirements of disabled students by an assessment centre on the main campus of Plymouth University, and the provision of that support by Claro Learning Ltd, a support provider operating in the south-west;
  • whether relationships between disability needs assessors, support providers and Plymouth University are costing the taxpayer money; and
  • whether a larger than expected proportion of students at Plymouth University receive DSA.

13 March 2015

Notes for Editors

  1. The NAO conducts investigations to establish the underlying facts in circumstances where concerns have been raised with us, or in response to intelligence that we have gathered through our wider work.
  2. Press notices and reports are available from the date of publication on the NAO website, which is atwww.nao.org.uk. Hard copies can be obtained by using the relevant links on our website.
  3. The National Audit Office scrutinises public spending for Parliament and is independent of government. The Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG), Amyas Morse, is an Officer of the House of Commons and leads the NAO, which employs some 820 employees. The C&AG certifies the accounts of all government departments and many other public sector bodies. He has statutory authority to examine and report to Parliament on whether departments and the bodies they fund have used their resources efficiently, effectively, and with economy. Our studies evaluate the value for money of public spending, nationally and locally. Our recommendations and reports on good practice help government improve public services, and our work led to audited savings of £1.1 billion in 2013.  …………….’

*Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.

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