Sun, 19 Oct 14
A confidential liquidator's report accuses Scottish Power of reneging on a promise to pay cashback to 600,000 customers who’d bought extended warranties. Under the warranty, they could get their money back if they didn't make a claim over a 5 year period. But the companies running the warranty scheme went bust, accusing Scottish Power of failing to honour an undertaking to indemnify cashback pay-outs. Scottish Power denies any improper improper conduct. Also, the rules that are meant to stop dodgy directors taking over football clubs - but are they effective.
Sun, 5 Oct 14
Sexting is on the increase among teenagers -and is spreading to primary schools. But are teachers alerting pupils to the dangers of sending intimate selfies to classmates?
Sun, 21 Sep 14
The former Director of Public Prosecutions Lord Ken Macdonald says we're still failing victims of disability hate crime - 18 months after a damning review of the criminal justice system recommended an overhaul of how we handle cases. He says that our approach to crimes against the disabled in 2014 is in the same place that race hate crime was before the murder of Stephen Lawrence 21 years ago. He adds the Crown Prosecution Service is still failing to keep accurate records of the crimes and prosecutors aren't pushing hard enough for sentence 'uplifts' in cases where disability is a motivating factor. The CPS says it is about to address the recommendations in the Joint Criminal Justice Review which was published in March 2013.
Sun, 14 Sep 14
As 5 live Investigates returns for a new series - Adrian Goldberg reports on a crisis in social care. With budgets slashed and demand soaring, charities say hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people are being cast adrift.
Sun, 4 May 14
A former soldier wins Legal Aid in his fight to identify what caused his Gulf War illness. He's hoping to go to court to force the Ministry of Defence to reveal what it knew of the risks the vaccines given to soldiers being deployed to the first Gulf War might have posed. And Government figures reveal a sharp rise in the number of prison staff assaulted over the past year. What's causing the increase in attacks?
Sun, 27 Apr 14
The legal loophole making it difficult to prevent parental child abduction. Cross-cultural relationships are on the increase - but when those partnerships break down, is enough being done to protect the interests of any children involved? And the small businesses identifying poor internet connections as a barrier to growth.
Sun, 6 Apr 14
One in five disabled passengers don’t get the help they need to get off trains according to a survey by the Transport watchdog Passenger Focus. 5live Investigates hears stories from rail customers abandoned on empty trains and whisked away to places they don’t want to go to when the Passenger Assist scheme fails. The programme also hears concerns that targets to equip all passengers trains with facilities for the disabled by 2020 might not be met. Transport Minister Baroness Susan Kramer says the government is dealing with the fact that ‘for decades the needs of people with disabilities simply wasn’t recognised.’
Sun, 30 Mar 14
5live Investigates joins the fraud squad in one of its biggest crackdowns on insurance fraud – the crimes that drive up everyone’s motor cover. Plus the son of a man killed in the Clutha Vaults helicopter tragedy in Glasgow says he can’t start grieving until he knows what caused the crash. He wants black box flight recorders to become standard in all helicopters.
Sun, 23 Mar 14
Some charities could face sanctions if they use ‘aggressive’ telephone fundraising techniques says life peer Lord Hodgson. It follows a report suggesting more people feel harassed on the telephone and on the doorstep. MP Charlie Elphicke says some charities risk alienating their supporters and a former call centre worker reveals he quit his job when his conscience got the better of him. And 5live Investigates reveals how some local authorities are removing their clients from care homes because of neglect but are then failing to pass on this vital information to other residents.
Sun, 16 Mar 14
An MP calls for tougher regulations around laser and lens replacement eye surgery and patients tell 5live Investigates about their experiences at the hands of high street providers. Steve Schallhorn, the global medical director for the market leaders Optical Express, tells the programme the company has millions of happy customers. Adrian Goldberg also asks whether local councils and the government be doing more to protect tenants from rogue landlords and tours a house investigated by the homeless and housing charity Shelter in Wolverhampton.
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