Crime campaigner Caroline Flint MP has called on the Government to urgently review its strategy for tackling serious and organised crime, in a report released today.
The report, published today by Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee of which Flint is a senior member, placed the cost of serious organised crime at £37bn a year but criticised the Government’s current strategy as poorly prioritised and inefficient.
Commenting on the report, Flint, a former Home Office Minister, said: “At present only 4% of the total budget for tackling organised crime is spent on preventative initiatives.
“Organised crime groups operate in several towns and villages across Doncaster. They increase fear among residents and encourage drug-dealing, intimidation and burglaries of homes, farms and commercial premises. In outlying communities and rural areas, we cannot have the police take on these crime groups with one arm tied behind their backs.
Caroline Flint, MP for Don Valley, has expressed concern at the Government’s mismanagement of the sale of publicly-owned land, as a new report into this issue is released by the Public Accounts Committee.
The Committee’s report shows the Government to have fallen badly short of its target to sell enough land for 160,000 new homes by 2020, with the need for affordable homes including social homes for rent having been neglected.
Caroline Flint has welcomed a victory for one in twenty of the Doncaster claimants of Employment and Support Allowance, who were underpaid by the Department for Work and Pensions following their transfer from Incapacity Benefit.
The Government announcement of repayments, which is expected to cost £390 million, follows a damning report by the powerful Commons Public Accounts Committee, of which Ms Flint is a member. At least 70,000 claimants lost out across England and Wales due to Government mistakes.
PAC: GOVERNMENT FAILURE ON TEACHER NUMBERS ADDS TO PRESSURE ON SCHOOLS
Growing sense of crisis for schools in England struggling to retain and develop teaching workforce
The powerful Commons Public Accounts Committee issued a warning this week, as it reported on the Government failure to retain teachers and support them adequately in their work.
The Committee found that the number of teachers leaving the profession for reasons other than retirement has increased from just three in every hundred to eight in every hundred. Workload was cited as the main reason, with a typical teacher working 54 hours each week.