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Seminar report: Complaints about public services – where next for the ombud?

Reform of public-sector ombuds was the focus of a seminar on 5 February 2018, co-hosted by JUSTICE, the Ombudsman Association, and UKAJI. It was attended by more than 50 practitioners, law makers, researchers and policy makers and generated a lively discussion about the reform of the public-sector ombud. Below are some background context and a … Continue reading

Expressions of interest for applications for ESRC or Carnegie PhD studentships

The University of Glasgow is seeking expressions of interest from potential PhD candidates interested in applying for an ESRC or Carnegie studentship to conduct research on specific aspects of the work and role of ombuds, including human rights, decision-making and digitalisation. The University of Glasgow invites expressions of interest from potential PhD candidates interested in applying … Continue reading

What’s new in administrative justice, December 2017

Parliament Note: Some Parliamentary items are included under subject-specific headings below. Committee stage debate on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill continues in the House of Commons. The Government has suffered its first defeat on the Bill on an amendment tabled by Dominic Grieve, which provides that ministers’ powers to implement the Brexit withdrawal agreement by order … Continue reading

Designing a social security system with human rights at the core: Scrutiny of the Social Security (Scotland) Bill

  Members of UKAJI were among the more than 100 individuals and organisations giving written evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Social Security Committee in its scrutiny of the Social Security (Scotland) Bill. The Bill sets out seven principles for Scottish social security, including the principle that social security is a human right. This post gives … Continue reading

Mandatory reconsideration: Inadequate by design

By Robert Thomas and Joe Tomlinson In September 2017, the Work and Pensions Committee launched an inquiry into how the assessment processes for Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and Personal Independence Payments (PIP) are handled by Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) contractors ATOS, Capita and Maximus, and how the application, assessment and appeals processes for … Continue reading