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PLAN FOR POLICE INFORMERS WOULD PUT STAFF AT RISK OF RECRIMINATION

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Government plans to use council staff as police informers on potential violent offenders have prompted a furious re...
Government plans to use council staff as police informers on potential violent offenders have prompted a furious response.

The Home Office has said it is looking at proposals allowing local government staff and other front-line public and voluntary workers to pass sensitive data on potential violent offenders to the police.

A spokeswoman confirmed senior police officers and Whitehall personnel are currently discussing 'multi-agency information sharing' under which personal information such as medical records can be accessed by different bodies.

However, Brian Strutton, national secretary for public services at the GMB union, said: 'Workers making reports would live in fear of recriminations. There is no question that these proposals would give rise to very grave dangers for council workers.'
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