British temping agency bosses are paying their workers through foreign-owned firms to cut costs and dodge tax. Paperwork obtained by the Daily Mirror through the Freedom of Information Act found that one arrangement was reported as “highly suspicious” but the overseas company was given a licence by UK regulators anyway.
Recruitment Solutions Limited boasts that it can increase profits for employment agencies by 10% to 30% and claims to be exempt from national insurance payments by being based abroad. Any savings are shared with the agency and not with workers.
An official at the Gangmasters Licensing Authority left the tick box next to whether RSL was “fit and proper” blank and warned “this could open the floodgates for other companies based outside to make similar applications”.
Another GLA official who approved RSL’s licence agreed there was a “potential breach” with this “highly suspicious” arrangement.
RSL boss Wilhelm Meier has an office address in Hong Kong but his website is registered on the Isle of Man. He told the Daily Mirror that he “complies with all UK laws”.
Unsolved murder cases regularly reviewed
Scotland Yard has published a list of “undetected murders” which shows all unsolved cases are regularly reopened. In response to a Freedom of Information request, it was shown that all 290 unsolved murder cases n Greater London over the past 13 years have been investigated again, the Times reports.
Funding cuts denying NHS fertility treatments
Women are being denied fertility treatment as NHS trusts cut the number of IVF cycles they are willing to fund. A Freedom of Information responses to Pulse magazine from 29 NHS trusts revealed that the average number of IVF cycles provided so far this financial year is down 14 per cent on the whole of last year, the Independent and Telegraph both report.
Deceased Wu-Tang Clan rapper’s FBI file released
The FBI has released a 93-page file on Wu-Tang Clan’s Ol’ Dirty Bastard which shows that the rapper was linked to a selection of crimes, the Guardian reports. The report was released in response to a Freedom of Information request by Rich Jones of the Gun.io blog and reveals that Russell Tyrone Jones, aka Ol’ Dirty Bastard, was “heavily involved” in “murder, car-jackings…and the sale of drugs [and] illegal guns” and was arrested more than 15 times.