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Jobs for their mates

Each week it seems another individual secures a role of vital public importance without any advertisement or fair process - and very often that individual has personal and political connections to Government.

It's high time we put a stop to it. Along with Runnymede Trust, we're taking Government to court.

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Let’s give all children access to their education

by Pippa Van Praagh, Trustee, Together With Migrant Children Despite the promises of more laptops and devices for kids who need them, many families across the country are still waiting, and children are still missing...

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Neither too early nor too late: Goldilocks litigation in the climate space

By Jolyon Maugham QC and Gabriella De Souza Crook Abstract This opinion discusses Good Law Project’s approach to climate change litigation. It argues that the law has an important role in achieving positive change in the climate...

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They cannot evade scrutiny in the courts

The UK now has the highest COVID-19 death rate per capita of anywhere in the world. As we try and make sense of how we got our response so wretchedly wrong, just how significant will...

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They continue to profit by providing inadequate food to hungry children

Depressing incompetence, a lack of forward planning, and a hefty dose of cronyism: these are the hallmarks of Government’s handling of the pandemic. And, of all the impacts, amongst the worst is that vulnerable children...

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Private companies maximise profits as the young and the vulnerable suffer

You will have seen the shocking photos of the food being provided to children on free school meals who are stuck at home during the current lockdown. The provision of these meals was contracted out –...

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Government is putting its own reputation ahead of the health of poor families

We know that poorer and BAME families are exposed to higher Covid-19 risks. But now, because of Government’s continuing failure to arrange for the children of those families to be educated online, they will be...

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Court refuses permission in the Clean Air Case – but there’s a silver lining

We have previously written about our challenge to force Government to review its Clean Air Strategy – and that we failed to get permission to bring that challenge. The challenge was a vehicle to establish in...

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Parliament surrendered sovereignty to a dishonest Government

Under cover of Christmas, with less than a day for scrutiny, and with No Deal as the only alternative, Parliament passed the European Union (Future Relationship) Act 2020. The process was described by the venerable...

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Is Moonshot at last being canned?

Government has this week been forced to halt its plans to roll out rapid-turnaround Covid-19 test centres across England over Christmas due to widespread concerns from public health experts about the accuracy of the tests.  Its...

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First meeting of the Advisory Group to the Legal Defence Fund for Transgender Lives

Earlier this afternoon, the Advisory Group to the Legal Defence Fund for Transgender Lives met for the first time. The fund was set up on 22 November, and on 8 December, when the fund already...

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Are they trying to rewrite history?

So much, so very much, is wrong with the Government’s decision to contract with Abingdon Health. As we understand matters, Government gave, without competition, substantial public contracts to develop Covid-19 antibody tests to a company which...

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We’re hiring a Public Law Litigator

The deadline to apply for this position has now closed. We are currently reviewing applications and will be in touch with successful candidates regarding the next stage. We received a large number of applications for...

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We’re hiring an investigative journalist

The deadline to apply for this position has now closed. We are currently reviewing applications and will be in touch with successful candidates regarding the next stage. We received a large number of applications for...

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Government PPE staff racing to cancel and delay excess orders

By Katherine Hignett  Hospitals were desperate for PPE at the start of the UK’s Covid-19 outbreak, turning to DIY shops and even fetish websites to equip their staff in the face of scarce central provisions: something...

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A thank you from Jolyon Maugham

None of us could have imagined what 2020 would bring. Back in March when the pandemic first hit the UK, we knew Good Law Project had a role to play. At the start of the pandemic, as...

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Stopping climate change can’t be a lie we tell our children

With noted environmentalist, Dale Vince, we have written to Government to require that it reviews the Airports National Policy Statement – or face legal proceedings. The claim, if successful, will mean Heathrow Airport expansion will...

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Government outsourcing of food parcels forced clinically vulnerable to shield without food

The Government’s food box scheme was supposed to be a lifeline for the clinically vulnerable. They were told to stay inside and often could not get deliveries from supermarkets. But our research suggests the scheme...

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Why you should be worried about the Government’s Green Paper on Public Procurement

“The end of the (Brexit) Transition Period provides an historic opportunity to overhaul our outdated public procurement regime,“ writes Lord Agnew in the Ministerial foreword to the Government’s Green Paper: Transforming Public Procurement, published yesterday.  If...

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Victory at last as Government confirms Energy National Policy Statement Review

Back in October we told you that, following our judicial review with leading environmentalists George Monbiot and Dale Vince, Government had conceded the need to review the Energy National Policy Statement that allows new fossil...

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The Boardman report

An independent Government review into the awarding of lucrative contracts to allies of Dominic Cummings and Michael Gove has found that in future there must be “a clear process for managing risk regarding conflicts of...

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Hundreds have died – we want justice

More‌ ‌than‌ ‌600‌ ‌frontline‌ ‌healthcare‌ ‌workers‌ ‌have‌ ‌lost‌ ‌their‌ ‌lives‌ ‌to‌ ‌COVID-19‌ ‌trying‌ ‌to‌ ‌protect‌ ‌us‌ ‌and‌ ‌our‌ ‌loved‌ ‌ones.‌ ‌Yet‌ ‌this‌‌ ‌Government‌ ‌continues‌ ‌to‌ ‌deny‌ ‌the‌ ‌bereaved‌ ‌families‌ ‌the‌ ‌explanations‌ ‌they‌ ‌deserve‌ ‌-‌ ‌because‌ ‌it‌ ‌doesn’t‌...

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We’re in court tomorrow

Last week we were pleased to be granted permission from the court to bring our challenge with EveryDoctor against the Government’s decision to award PPE contracts to Pestfix (a pest control company), Ayanda (an opaque...

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The good news keeps coming on our procurement judicial review

Following permission being granted in our PPE cases earlier this week, we’ve now heard that we’ve also been granted permission to bring our challenge against the lucrative public affairs contract given to long-time associates of...

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Good news on our procurement judicial reviews

To bring judicial review proceedings you have to establish you have an arguable case. Courts have, in recent times, interpreted this as imposing a relatively high bar for judicial review proceedings; think of it as...

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The NHS must fulfil its duty to young people

“Doctors and experts all over the world agree on the healthcare that I and other trans people need. But in this country, it is impossible to get access to this care.” These are the words of...

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Jobs for their mates: We’re suing

Kate Bingham heads up Britain’s vaccine task force. She’s a venture capitalist with no public health experience, married to a Conservative minister. Dido Harding leads the Test and Trace system. She has no public health...

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Operation Moonshot: We’re suing

We have now issued judicial review proceedings challenging the ‘Operation Moonshot’, We are proud to bring this important challenge alongside EveryDoctor, Dale Vince and Ecotricity, and Aron Cohen of diagnostics.ai. For weeks now the Government has refused...

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The National Audit Office report: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Overnight the National Audit Office released its report into the investigation into Government procurement. What follows are the headlines of that report, so far as they relate to extant litigation of the Good Law Project. On...

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The US jeweller, the middleman, and the UK Government

Almost $50 million to one man. Not to supply PPE, because he didn’t. But to act as a middleman to sort the logistics for the jeweller from Florida whom the UK Government selected to supply...

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Permission granted – we’re going to court

Back in August, we announced that together with a cross-party group of MPs – Caroline Lucas (Green), Debbie Abrahams (Labour) and Layla Moran (LibDem) – we were launching legal action against Government for its persistent...

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Abingdon Health

The Government suppressed an official report that proved there were issues with rapid antibody tests purchased by the Department of Health. Leaked emails reveal the Government blocked Public Health England from publishing their findings until...

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Unpublished COVID-19 contracts

Our challenge to Government’s decision to hide COVID-19 spending has led it to disclose that the Department of Health has handed £17 billion worth of COVID-19 contracts to private companies since April. Fresh analysis by...

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