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Topic: Privatisation

Video: the cost of a privatised Christmas! Please share

19 Dec 2014: We Own It and Corporate Watch have been investigating how much worse off you are because of privatisation.
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New evidence that private firms are taking over more and more of our NHS

11 Dec 2014: The British Medical Journal has published new evidence to show how privatisation of NHS services is continuing to intensify under this government.
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A talk on NHS cuts, privatisation and the politics of cancer in an age of austerity

30 Jun 2014: This week, writer, journalist and political activist Mike Marqusee will give a talk on the politics of cancer and how it relates to NHS cuts and privatisation.
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Investigating Companies: a do-it-yourself handbook from Corporate Watch

19 Jun 2014: In the battle against privatisation, learn how to find about private companies' details and all you need to know about company law, ownership and financing.
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Justice for sale: the impact of privatisation and cost-cutting on criminal justice

25 May 2014: The TUC has launched a speak up for Justice campaign (www.speakupforjustice.org), together with trades unions with members in the justice sector.
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Second day of strike action to support the Land Registry

15 May 2014: PCS members working for the Land Registry continue with their two-day strike against privatisation, job cuts and office closures.
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Join @fuelpovaction for ‘Bin British Gas: Put Power in Public Hands

11 May 2014: Join Fuel Poverty Action for a creative protest against poverty profiteers British Gas at their Annual General Meeting on Monday
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Why I’m sick of #Serco: join the protest on 8 May!

6 May 2014: Stephen Struthers from We Own It explains why Serco is now too big to fail and why he's sick of it:
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Sick of Serco? Join the protest with We Own It on 8 May

27 Apr 2014: Serco is kicking off the outsourcing AGM season with its meeting on Thursday 8 May. Join We Own It to tell Serco that they're part of the problem, not the solution.
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“A Tale of Bob in Barnet” - Barnet Unison video on the perils of privatisation

16 Apr 2014: For six years, Barnet Unison has been fighting Barnet council's plans to mass outsource council services to Capita. The union branch has made this video to show the challenges facing the union and its members.
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UK outsourcing expands despite high failure rates

30 Jan 2014: In this article, outsourcing analyst Dexter Whitfield shows how Public-Private Partnerships have continued to grow - even as they have continued to fail.
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Excellent from We Own It: 12 days of privatised Christmas!

22 Dec 2013: A very good short video on privatisations and selloffs this year...
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Project Hero and the student loans sell-off – an update and report transcript

18 Dec 2013: Andrew McGettigan updates on Project Hero and provides a transcript of the Project Hero report on proposals to privatise the student loans book.
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#JusticeNotJumpers: protestors to target energy companies on fuel poverty

22 Nov 2013: On Tuesday 26 November, over a thousand people will take action against Npower and other Big Six energy companies on day that Winter Death statistics are released.
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Today: Public Accounts Committee to question private companies on public services failings

20 Nov 2013: At 2:15 pm, the Public Accounts Committee questions Serco, G4S, Atos and Capita regarding spectacular public service outsourcing failures.
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Why is Capita’s mass-outsourcing contract with Barnet council costing even more?

10 Nov 2013: More privatisation warnings: Barnet Bloggers ask why the mass-privatisation of Barnet council services suddenly involves expenditure it was not supposed to...
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How Capita boasts of its close relationship with government

4 Nov 2013: Quotes from a Capita statement which show just how close private companies are to government and how they exercise their lobbying powers.
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On probation: Dear Chris Grayling

20 Sep 2013: A probation officer says to Chris Grayling: I just wanted to say a few things before you dismantle a service which has not only given me a career - it has also saved lives.
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Lots more coaches added for travel to the 29 September Save Our NHS demo!

17 Sep 2013: More and more people plan to march on Tory party conference in Manchester to defend the NHS, jobs, services and the welfare state. Join us!
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The race to privatise England’s NHS

8 Sep 2013: New figures published by the NHS support Federation this week prove that the government’s NHS changes are resulting in increased outsourcing.
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Who is getting the money from water?

6 Sep 2013: Research shows that water privatisation is not more efficient - and it tends to mean higher prices for consumers and/or underinvestment
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Latest research and data by False Economy

3 Sep 2013: Our research in the press and the databases of public sector privatisation and outsourcing information we're compiling.
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Money wasted in council privatisation fiascos - and how those companies are eyeing up the NHS…

18 Aug 2013: How much does it cost councils to get out of private sector contracts, or to deal with contract disputes and cost overruns with private companies? How much of this will we see as private companies race for NHS contracts?
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Video: Save the NHS and join the march and rally 29 September!

17 Aug 2013: Watch this great video and get ready to join the march and rally for the NHS on 29 September.
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The handing of a whole council to Capita: this is how they’ll come for the NHS

7 Aug 2013: A judicial review decision will allow Capita to take over almost all our Barnet council services and use them as a source of huge profit for their shareholders. Read this to see how residents' concerns were ignored.
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Tell the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester: SAVE OUR NHS

4 Aug 2013: Defend Jobs and Services. No to Austerity. March and Rally - Sunday 29 September 2013.
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PCS - criminal enforcement staff to take action against privatisation

26 Jul 2013: G4S and Serco scandals prove privatisation has no place in justice. Our members who collect court fines, chase up unpaid fines and breached warrants are taking action.
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Top ten private sector commissioning failures

21 Jul 2013: Barnet Unison has put together its top ten list of privatisation failures. Some extraordinary ones in here. We might add more.
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Private healthcare fraud - a growing risk

23 Jun 2013: A new report from the Centre for Health & the Public Interest highlights how the increased use of private healthcare providers in the NHS opens up considerable opportunities for fraud.
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The neoliberal epidemic striking healthcare

9 Jun 2013: "A new pernicious epidemic stalks the world's health care systems. It is the rampant spread of pro-market 'reforms', devised and promoted by a narrow policy-making academic and political elite."
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The Tories threaten to completely corrupt our justice system

7 Jun 2013: The excellent Birmingham Against Cuts on the government's campaign of destruction against our justice system.
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The interests really driving NHS reforms

24 May 2013: Whose interests are really driving NHS reforms? As Caroline Molloy says in this article from OpenDemocracy - Our NHS, the latest move by former Health Secretary Alan Milburn provides a clue.
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Barnet council to hand regulation to the private sector… Remember the horsemeat scandal?

20 May 2013: Today, Barnet council staff were told that Capita Symonds is the preferred bidder to deliver a range of regulatory services to Barnet residents and businesses - the latest step in the council's plan to mass-privatise services.
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This Saturday: London protest to defend the NHS!

13 May 2013: ●Save Our Hospitals ●No to Privatisation: join the protest this weekend
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After Section 75 - where next for NHS campaigners?

9 May 2013: The House of Lords recently voted to open up the NHS to far more private sector competition. The overwhelming opposition fell on deaf ears. Caroline Molloy asks: where do we go from here?
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One Barnet: the Judicial Review finding - a moral victory, out of time

29 Apr 2013: The excellent Mrs Angry on today's Barnet council outsourcing judicial review application decision - and why it is vital to fight on to save public services.
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Experts speak: why section 75 NHS privatisation regulations are such a threat

23 Apr 2013: Caroline Molloy explains why the NHS privatisation regulations (which will be voted on in the Lords tomorrow) present such a danger to the NHS.
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Write a letter now and save our NHS!

12 Apr 2013: Your letters can make a different and help pevent full privatisation of our NHS at the upcoming Section 75 debate on 24 April.
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Crunch time looms: experts speak out against NHS privatisation regulations

5 Apr 2013: It is hard to overstate the implications for the public of the NHS privatisation regulations going through parliament. Caroline Molloy speaks to a range of experts about these regulations and why everyone should be very, very worried.
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Private patients in NHS trusts: how it’s happening

29 Mar 2013: In this post and guide, the excellent Richard Blogger explains the "private patients in the NHS" phenomenon and how this is structured and growing:
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After their court action this week, Barnet residents march for public services

23 Mar 2013: Barnet residents, campaigners and their many supporters march today in defence of public services and against cuts and the One Barnet outsourcing programme.
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Vigil to support legal challenge against Barnet council privatisation

18 Mar 2013: Starting with a vigil tomorrow, there's a week of action against privatisation in Barnet.
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Amend in haste, repent at leisure - the NHS privatisation battle is still on

12 Mar 2013: Caroline Molloy: no-one voted for NHS privatisation, it’s not in the coalition agreement, it won’t save money and it won’t provide better results.
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One Barnet - worst fears about outsourcing are being realised

10 Mar 2013: Barnet Unison branch secretary John Burgess on the effects of outsourcing in Barnet as jobs are cut and low-paid careworkers bear the brunt of privatisation ideology.
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The fight against NHS privatisation is far from over: more mobilisation is needed

8 Mar 2013: The NHS privatisation juggernaut will roll on...
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Urgent: 5 ways you can help beat the privatisation threat to the NHS

24 Feb 2013: There's just over a month to stop legislation which will open up the NHS to compulsory competitive markets and the private sector.
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Debates on issues like food regulation rage: Barnet privatises regulatory services

19 Feb 2013: More from the fight against privatisation in Barnet - and a petition to stop the outsourcing of regulatory services.
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Fighting NHS cuts in Greater Manchester

9 Feb 2013: More A&E units under threat of closure or downgrading.
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Barnet: a judicial review upsets the council and its privatisation plans

1 Feb 2013: A court action in Barnet is clearly troubling councillors as they try to push through their privatisation plans...
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Britain’s fishiest outsourcing firm - and the winner is…

22 Jan 2013: Voting has closed – but what would be a suitable prize for the winner?
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Calls to set deficit budgets: anger and passion at Birmingham council meeting

19 Dec 2012: Birmingham council is to make further massive cuts: residents responded with fury at a meeting last night.
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Action for Rail: join the fight against inflation-busting rail fare rises!

9 Dec 2012: Average rail fares will go up by 3.9 per cent from January. Join the fight against eye-watering fare increases!
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Barnet council’s mass outsourcing plan and the perils of privatisation

14 Nov 2012: Why Barnet council needs to rethink its big and bad privatisation plan.
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How Gloucestershire campaigners stopped NHS privatisation

12 Nov 2012: People power keeps community hospitals in the NHS
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Why not to privatise council services: Barnet council (and others…)

8 Nov 2012: A short film with more on why not to outsource public services to the private sector.
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Fishiest outsourcing firms: the ones that got away

22 Oct 2012: Last week we launched our poll to find Britain's fishiest outsourcing firm. But who else should be on our shortlist?
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Unison guide: using NHS structures to block privatisation and cuts

10 Oct 2012: With the Health and Social Care Act already affecting NHS services, campaigners can still make a difference.
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Key community people excluded from NHS clinical commissioning groups

30 Sep 2012: Richard Blogger describes the evaporation of the government's commitment to community engagement in the NHS.
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FOI campaign: defending the public’s right to know about private companies

23 Sep 2012: The campaign in Scotland to ensure freedom of information legislation covers third party organisations:
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100 reasons why Barnet council’s mass-outsourcing plan is high risk

14 Sep 2012: Barnet residents, bloggers and union members list failed privatisation deals and proposals around the country.
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Choosing to profit: how private NHS providers will be able to select or reject patients

7 Aug 2012: In Monitor's licence conditions for private health providers, Richard Blogger finds worrying evidence of patient selection criteria.
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BBC Radio 4 Today programme gives a huge PR boost to Circle

1 Aug 2012: The problems with the 1 August report on Hinchingbrooke.
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The real state of the Hinchingbrooke healthcare trust

27 May 2012: Why the Hinchingbrooke Healthcare Trust is living on borrowed time.
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New campaign and NHS structure guides on False Economy

10 May 2012: Fight privatisation. Influence the NHS. We have new campaign guides to help you.
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The NHS, private patients and two-tier health

4 May 2012: The Health and Social Care Act opens the door for NHS hospitals to bring in a two-tier health system.
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A glimmer of hope: we can stop the privatisation of the NHS

1 May 2012: Campaigner Caroline Molloy explains how Gloucestershire people stopped a major NHS privatisation decision.
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Keep our NHS Public Gloucestershire campaign guides

1 May 2012: How to get information from NHS decisionmakers and how to influence them.
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NHS and social care cuts - False Economy updates

24 Apr 2012: An update on some of the cuts information we've entered into the site recently.
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NHS stone soup

17 Apr 2012: How can groups co-ordinate the next phase of opposition to the Health and Social Care Act?
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Where to now with the NHS?

3 Apr 2012: How joining the organisations that are being set up could make the NHS work for our benefit.
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Government reviews NHS constitution and involves Virgin Care

30 Mar 2012: The NHS constitution needs strengthening to help patients – but this is looking increasingly unlikely
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False Economy research highlights GP conflict of interest risk

29 Mar 2012: Guardian front-page story on private share fears based on our research
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Say no to tax avoidance for public service providers

20 Mar 2012: Some of the companies profiting from the privatisation of public services are the least ethical.
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NHS: Ask peers to vote against raising private patient limits

5 Mar 2012: How you can help to stop the raising of the Private Patient Income Cap.
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Key dangers in the Health and Social Care bill

8 Feb 2012: How the bill opens the NHS up to privatisation and closes its democratic structures down.
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Circle has been unable to make a profit. How will it turn around a hospital?

10 Nov 2011: Key questions for Circle Health, the private firm taking over a Cambridgeshire NHS trust
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Research exposes ethical deficit at the heart of companies taking over public sector

16 Sep 2011: Public services industry has a woeful record on tax dodging, environmental protection, human rights, and in many other areas
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Health Bill: let’s see some real transparency

12 Sep 2011: The Lords must inject some real transparency into the NHS Bill.
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Union fights bizarre council’s plans to “privatise the cuts”

9 Sep 2011: Things are getting weird at Barnet council, even for Barnet council.
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NHS bill threatens freedom of information

7 Sep 2011: The public’s rights to information is likely to be "significantly curtailed” says the Campaign for Freedom of Information.
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Why are our private hospitals so shy of lucrative markets?

31 Aug 2011: If English private hospitals are unable to compete for lucrative US health tourists, how will they compete for far less profitable NHS care?
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Private providers are banking on this government driving patients into their hands

25 Aug 2011: 80% of healthcare is public, 20% private. What will the balance be at the next election?
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Department of Health guidelines falsely inflate NHS costs

18 Aug 2011: Incorrect government figures make private sector treatment appear cheaper than the NHS.
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Clegg promised no back-door privatisation of NHS. But new white paper opens the front door

19 Jul 2011: The government's Open Public Services white paper takes us a step closer to NHS privatisation
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Instead of fixing social care, Lansley broke the NHS

7 Jul 2011: Social care in England is broken – and the Health Secretary has delayed every opportunity to fix it
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Lansley’s plans increase the risk of a Southern Cross-style crisis in the NHS

2 Jun 2011: One leading healthcare provider has worrying parallels with the struggling care homes company
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What the health bill means for hospital trusts – and why it matters

26 May 2011: Much criticism of the health bill has focused on GP commissioning. But changes to hospital trusts pose a threat to the NHS too.
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Government has ignored every opportunity to “pause and reflect” on health bill

19 May 2011: There have been many opportunities for the government to "pause, listen and reflect" on the Health Bill. It's ignored them all.
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“Too precious to destroy” – Philip Pullman stands up for public libraries

25 Jan 2011: More than 300 people attended a packed meeting to defend Oxford's libraries, where Philip Pullman gave this inspiring speech
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