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New journal article published: Mapping current issues in administrative justice: austerity and the ‘more bureaucratic rationality’ approach

By Robert Thomas and Joe Tomlinson We have published a new paper in the Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law entitled “Mapping current issues in administrative justice: austerity and the ‘more bureaucratic rationality’ approach”. The paper draws upon our ESRC-funded policy seminar on administrative justice decisions, reviews, and appeals. The abstract of the paper is … Continue reading

Immigration administrative review: the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration’s second report

By Robert Thomas and Joe Tomlinson The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration (ICIBI) recently published his second report on the Home Office’s administrative review process. This blog provides some context for this report and also analyses its contents.  The new immigration administrative review process In recent years, government has reformed administrative redress processes. … Continue reading

When things go very wrong with decision-making by public bodies (and their private contractors)

Today we learned that the cases of 23,000 claimants who did not appeal a decision on their tax credits will have their cases reviewed (see here). These are decisions made by Concentrix, the private contractor hired by HMRC in May 2014 to help cut alleged fraud in the tax credit system. The contract with Concentrix … Continue reading

‘A sorry episode for the welfare state’: Concentrix and Mandatory Reconsiderations

By Robert Thomas This blog provides an update on the handling of tax credit checks by Concentrix. It also presents and considers newly released data concerning the outcome of mandatory reconsiderations decided by Concentrix. Earlier in 2016, concerns were raised about tax credit compliance checks undertaken by a private company, Concentrix, on behalf of HM … Continue reading

New ESRC Report Launched – Current issues in administrative justice: Examining administrative review, better initial decisions, and tribunal reform

By Robert Thomas (University of Manchester) and Joe Tomlinson (University of Sheffield) Profound changes in the way law interacts with administration are underway. Recently, the Ministry of Justice announced a near £1-billion funding injection to modernise the justice system. A considerable part of this effort will involve substantial revisions being made to the delivery of administrative … Continue reading