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Controls not tough enough to prevent fracking pollution, says report

Scotland’s environmental regulation is not strong enough to prevent fracking causing climate pollution, an expert report for the Scottish Government has concluded. The report, one of six on fracking and other forms of unconventional oil and gas published today, was written by the UK advisory Committee on Climate Change. The current regulatory framework for controlling…

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DWP spent £92, 249.86 trying to prevent disclosure of workfare providers

The Department of Work and Pensions spent nearly £100,000 on legal fees in an attempt to derail attempts to find out which organisations were benefiting from controversial workfare schemes.  In January 2012, Boycott Workfare campaigners submitted a Freedom of Information request seeking the identities of all UK organisations who were participating in workfare schemes.  Boycott…

Scots not offended when called ‘Jocks,’ says Ofcom

Calling a Scottish person a ‘Jock’ is funny and Scots are not offended by it, according to research released by Ofcom. The term was one of a number of potentially derogatory, discriminatory, sexual and offensive words assessed by the communications regulator. Jock was deemed “mild language,” with its use “generally of little concern.” “Mild language,”…

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Scottish Government orders review of undercover policing in Scotland

The Scottish Government has ordered a review of undercover policing following a decision by the Home Office not to extend the Pitchford Inquiry to Scotland. The Pitchford Inquiry was established last year to examine undercover policing in England and Wakes after it emerged that Met Police officers abused their powers during covert operations. Some officers…