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Response to ebola crisis slow

The Department for International Development (DFID) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) failed to act quickly enough to the outbreak of Ebola, says the report ‘Responses to the Ebola Crisis’ (HC 876).

The report, buy the International Development Committee, finds that the WHO and DFID both initially failed to recognise the scale of the crisis, which made them slow to respond.

How does it affect me?

If you are employed in the international development sector, if you are concerned about the spread of the ebola crisis or if you have concerns about the UK’s ability to respond to international crises, then this will be of interest to you.

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Purchase of new trains leads to risk for taxpayer

The government’s purchase of new trains has left the taxpayer to bear all the risk, according to the Public Accounts Committee report ‘Procuring New Trains’ (HC 674).

The report criticises the Department for Transport (DFT) for buying the stock for the Intercity Express programme and the Thameslink project itself.

How does it affect me?

If you are employed by a train operating company, if you are concerned about the provision of new trains or if you are concerned about the efficiency of how public money is spent, then this will be of interest to you.

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National Planning Policy Framework could be improved

Changes need to be made to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) if it is to work as intended, says ‘Operation of the National Planning Policy Framework’ (HC 190).

The report, by the Communities and Local Government Committee, finds that although the NPPF is not working as intended, it does not need to be completely withdrawn.

How does it affect me?

If your local area is currently undergoing development, if you are a property developer or if you are concerned about changes being made to local communities, this will be of interest to you.

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