G4S hides identity on planning applications
G4S has been hiding its identity when applying for permission to convert houses into children's homes.
According to an article on the Open Democracy website, the company was using the name of private individuals rather than the company name when submitting planning applications to local councils.
Campaign journalist Claire Sandbrook found an application to Great Linford Parish Council, near Milton Keynes, another one to South Northamptonshire Council and a third in Buckinghamshire.
The company said that this is done for commercial reasons.
However the most recent guidance from Government (The Children Act, Guidance and Regulations, Volume 5, Children's Homes, 2011) places a requirement on all providers to take into account the location of similar services in the area when considering the location of new children's homes.
Claire Comments that "That's going to be difficult if they are secretive about it."
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