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Fears rising costs will force school catering firms to pull out of contracts

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Soaring costs are putting the school food industry under “considerable strain”, prompting fears that some catering firms will be forced to pull out of contracts before the start of the next academic year. With food pr...

Warning over Centrelink call centres as Services Australia slashes contracts

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Services Australia has embarked on a massive shake-up of its call centre operations, slashing the work it sends to labour hire firms as it approaches one of its busiest periods of the year. Guardian Australia has lear...

UK government to allow councils to sever Russian contracts

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The UK government introduced legislation on Thursday to help councils, NHS trusts and other public bodies exit contracts with Gazprom and other Russian companies Councils have been keen to withdraw from contracts amid...

Labour says government refusal to publish PPE firm’s contracts ‘reeks of cover-up’

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Labour has accused ministers of a potential cover-up over a PPE contract with a company linked to Tory peer Michelle Mone, after the health department refused to release documents connected to the deal, citing commerc...

Police examining contracts related to Unite’s £98m Birmingham hotel project

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A police inquiry involving a Unite union official is examining contracts related to the construction of a £98m hotel and conference centre in Birmingham, the Guardian has learned. South Wales police and HM Revenue and...

Matt Hancock failed to disclose messages with Owen Paterson over Covid contracts

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Matt Hancock, the former health secretary, failed to notify his officials about private messages he exchanged with disgraced Conservative MP Owen Paterson, a healthcare firm’s paid lobbyist, an official watchdog has d...

UK government reviewing its P&O Ferries contracts after staff sackings

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The government is reviewing all its contracts with P&O Ferries, as Labour called for the halting of its sailings on Saturday after the company sacked 800 staff and brought in replacement agency workers. The Conser...

Mitie investigated by UK regulator over immigration centre contracts

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The UK regulator has launched an investigation into whether the outsourcing firm Mitie Group has broken competition law in relation to a procurement process for immigration removal centre contracts run by the Home Off...

Serco’s annual profits surge 21% to £216m on back on Covid contracts

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Serco bemoaned “wildly unfair” criticism of its role in the much-criticised NHS Covid-19 test-and-trace scheme, as the outsourcing firm reported increased full-year profits that could fund more than £100m in sharehold...

Firms handed £1.3bn in Covid contracts claimed £1m in furlough grants

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Companies handed a combined £1.3bn in controversial fast-track Covid contracts with minimal scrutiny also claimed at least £1m in furlough grants, it can be revealed. Analysis of the accounts of companies that won luc...

‘What we saw alarmed us’: the long fight to expose ‘VIP lane’ Covid contracts

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A high court judge’s ruling that the operation of a “VIP lane” for suppliers of personal protective equipment (PPE) during the coronavirus pandemic was illegal is the culmination of a fight for transparency dating fro...

Michelle Mone referred company for PPE contracts five days before it was incorporated

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The Conservative peer Michelle Mone referred a business to the Cabinet Office for potential multimillion pound PPE contracts before it had even been incorporated as a company, it has emerged. The business, PPE Medpro,...

Michael Gove backer won £164m in PPE contracts after ‘VIP lane’ referral

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A Conservative party donor who supported Michael Gove’s Tory leadership bid won £164m in Covid contracts after the minister referred his firm to a “VIP lane” that awarded almost £5bn to companies with political connec...

‘No evidence’ conflicts of interest were considered in Greensill contracts – NAO

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Whitehall’s independent watchdog has found “no evidence” that ministers or officials considered potential conflicts of interest before giving the disgraced financier Lex Greensill government contracts just months afte...

UK government ordered to reveal firms awarded ‘VIP’ Covid contracts

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The UK government has been ordered to reveal which companies were given “VIP” access to multimillion-pound contracts for the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the early months of the Covid pandemic, in ...

Tory donor’s oil firm admits employees paid bribes to get contracts

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A multinational oil firm, which was led by a major Conservative donor, has admitted that its employees paid bribes to land contracts, as it struck a deal to end a corruption investigation into the company. The admissi...

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