Britain’s prison crisis caused by ‘poor political decisions’ by Conservatives and huge cuts, says former head of jails

From The Independent: The former head of the prison service has accused the Tory justice secretary, David Gauke, of attempting to shift blame for violence and disorder in British prisons from his own government to the spread of former legal highs among prisoners.

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Minister reported to own department for advertising unpaid post in his office

From The Guardian: The Treasury minister David Gauke has been reported to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) after advertising an unpaid six-month “training post” at his constituency office.

The role, based in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, is aimed at graduates and undergraduates and offers “reasonable expenses” but no salary. It involves “training in administration, basic correspondence, diary management, fundraising, campaigning and related tasks”.

It reads: “Many former trainees have found the course most valuable in securing permanent positions in politics or public affairs.”

Campaign group Intern Aware has reported the latest advertised role to HMRC, for which Gauke has been the departmental minister since May 2010. It is in charge of enforcing the national minimum wage law for workers and interns.

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