Coronavirus UK: Serco reinstates dividend after earning £350m from Covid contracts

Controversial NHS Test and Trace contractor Serco has today revealed it was paid £350million for Covid contracts last year. The scandal-hit firm reported a surge in profits in 2020, despite the contact tracing scheme it runs being chaotic and having ‘little impact’. The outsourcing giant published its financial report for the year today, showing its … Read more

Matt Hancock defends £30m Covid contracts for his neighbour after medical regulator launches probe

Matt Hancock has defended a decision to hand Covid test orders worth £30million to a former neighbour now under investigation by the medical watchdog, saying it would be ‘ridiculous’ to block friends of ministers from public contracts. Alex Bourne, who crossed paths with the Health Secretary while running the Cock Inn in Thurlow, West Suffolk, … Read more

The Batman ‘is hit by delays AGAIN as Robert Pattinson’s stunt double contracts coronavirus’

The Batman has been hit by more delays amid the Covid-19 crisis, as Robert Pattinson’s stunt double has reportedly tested positive for the virus. According to reports on Wednesday, the actor’s stuntman and his bubble have to now isolate for ten days, making it the third time coronavirus has impacted production. Robert tested positive for … Read more

Companies begin drafting ‘no jab, no job’ contracts to force staff to get Covid vaccinations

Companies begin drafting ‘no jab, no job’ contracts to force staff to get Covid vaccinations despite lawyers warning they are ‘risky’ and likely to be challenged in court ‘No jab no job’ contracts are being drafted by companies in the care home sector The move may mean prospective and current workers need to have jab … Read more

‘All cheques and no balances’: Labour blasts Boris Johnson over £2billion cost of ‘crony contracts’

‘All cheques and no balances’: Labour blasts Boris Johnson over £2billion cost of ‘crony contracts’ handed to Tory friends and donors during the coronavirus pandemic Labour’s Rachel Reeves  attacked a lack of oversight over contracts handed out Accused Government of overseeing an ‘an unseemly gold rush’ of PPE contracts  Said: ‘This crisis has been an opportunity … Read more

No competition for 99% of Covid contracts, study reveals

No competition for 99% of Covid contracts: Only one in 100 deals given to firms in government’s £17.3billion pandemic response was put out to tender, says study Out of £17.3bn of new contracts, £17.2bn was handed out without competition Where contracts had competitive tender, it shaved 2.5% off cost to the taxpayer  By Martin Robinson, Chief … Read more

Two firms behind Grenfell’s cladding and insulation scandal face being BANNED from state contracts 

Two companies that caused outrage over their behaviour in the Grenfell scandal face being put on a Government blacklist as punishment. Ministers want them banned from all state contracts on the grounds they are not fit to be trusted, the Daily Mail can reveal. It comes amid fury over the conduct of Arconic and Kingspan, whose … Read more

BIP’s Tara Pavlovic sets the record straight on reality TV ‘love contracts’

EXCLUSIVE: Bachelor In Paradise star Tara Pavlovic sets the record straight on whether or not ‘love contracts’ exist on reality TV – following Elly Miles and Frazer Neate’s shock split By Caleb Taylor For Daily Mail Australia Published: 07:56 GMT, 7 December 2020 | Updated: 07:56 GMT, 7 December 2020 Tara Pavlovic is no stranger to … Read more

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson arrested in building contracts probe

Labour Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson is arrested alongside four others over bribery and witness intimidation offences in building contracts probe Joe Anderson was arrested by Merseyside Police alongside four other men  Arrests are part of ongoing building contracts probe, local media reported The other men arrested were aged 33, 72, 62 and 25 and have … Read more

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson is arrested alongside four others in building contracts probe 

Labour Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson is arrested alongside four others in building contracts probe Joe Anderson was arrested by Merseyside Police alongside four other men  Arrests are part of ongoing building contracts probe, local media reported The other men arrested were aged 33, 72, 62 and 25 and have not been named By Isabella Nikolic … Read more