Leading MEP Guy Verhofstadt is a troublemaker when it comes to Brexit, set on making life difficult for Britain as it leaves EU, often via the medium of Twitter. The vast majority of the time, his insights into UK politics should be taken either with an industrial container of salt, or better yet ignored completely. But just as a stopped clock is right twice a day, so the former Belgian Prime Minister occasionally gets it spot on. And his warning on Wednesday that EU nationals living in the UK must not face the same “bureaucratic nightmare” as the Windrush generation is currently experiencing should be emblazoned on the front of the Home Office building in flashing lights. Read more: The Windrush crisis is cast-iron proof of the Prime Minister’s incompetence To recap, pre-1970s when the economic, political, and social landscape in the UK was very different, Caribbean nationals were invited to migrate and settle in Britain. They worked, paid taxes, raised families, and … [Read more...] about A Home Office that can’t handle Windrush is not fit for purpose
A total of 113 Windrush cases are now being investigated by the Home Office, it has been confirmed. A helpline has been set up to help people regularise their immigration status following warnings they could be deported unless they can prove they are entitled to be in the UK.It was established on Tuesday, with the Home Office saying 49 cases had been reported on the first day.Prime Minister Theresa May has said the Government will help those who had their immigration status questioned by the Home Office resolve their situation as soon as possible.There were fiery exchanges in the Commons between Jeremy Corbyn and Mrs May, with the Labour leader accusing the PM of "callousness and incompetence" over the row.Mrs May said she had no time for lectures from a leader who "allows anti-Semitism to run rife in his party" and reiterated her apology to those who have been affected."These people are British. They are part of us. I want to be absolutely clear that we have no intention of asking … [Read more...] about More than 100 Windrush cases being investigated by Home Office
Home office has long been heralded as the future of office work. Its supporters say it has the potential to reduce stress and increase productivity. It also gives firms the chance to reduce overheads by moving into smaller office spaces. Companies such as Satellite Office have been founded which offer firms the chance to totally give up on having their own work space. It offers conference rooms and office space for short term periods, so that a normally dispersed workforce can come together at timely moment to discuss projects face-to-face. Meanwhile in 2014, Microsoft decided to take the unusual step of getting rid of the obligation for employees to turn up at the company's offices. Since then on any given day only 20-30 percent of the company's employees are usually found on the company's premises. The bold decision has allowed the tech firm to downsize its office space and move into a more central location in Munich, where employees will have no set desk but will rotate as it … [Read more...] about Is Germany’s home office dream disintegrating?
A day after Unilever warned tech companies that it would pull its advertising from the platforms if they allowed them to “breed division”, the Home Office has today announced that it has created its own AI tool which automatically detects and blocks terrorist content online.According to the Government, the software can detect 94 per cent of IS propaganda with 99.995 per cent accuracy.The machine learning software was developed in partnership by the Home Office and ASI Data Science — a London-based company — for £600,000. It will be provided to smaller video sharing platforms, such as Vimeo, Telegra.ph and pCloud, rather than big Silicon Valley companies like YouTube and Facebook.The announcement comes as home secretary, Amber Rudd, sets out on a two-day visit to Silicon Valley for talks with the big tech companies.Talking about how the government would not be forcing tech companies to use this tool by law, Rudd told media: “The purpose of these videos … [Read more...] about Home Office unveils AI tool to crack down on extremist content online
The NHS has been told to “immediately stop sharing patient data with the Home Office” for the purpose of tracing immigration offenders as part of its ‘hostile environment measures’.Dr Sarah Wollaston, who chairs the House of Commons health select committee, has criticised a deal between NHS Digital and the Home Office that may be putting pregnant women and modern slavery victims at risk.In her letter to NHS Digital, Wollaston MP wrote that it was “deeply concerning” that NHS Digital “ever chose” to breach the patient confidentiality standards in order to assist immigration investigations.She further wrote that sharing of confidential patient data has taekn place despite a warning from Public Health England that “it could present a serious risk to public health”NHS Digital confirmed to Sky News that they have received a letter from the chair of the Health Select Committee: “We will consider it carefully and will respond … [Read more...] about NHS must ‘immediately stop sharing patient data with the Home Office’