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Issue No. 2302

The private firm that built Guantanamo Bay detention camp is shortlisted for a £1.5 billion contract to run many key police services in Surrey and the West Midlands.

Texas-based Kellogg, Brown & Root, formerly part of Halliburton, also runs Britain’s Camp Bastion base in Afghanistan.

The firm also ran US bases in Iraq.

A survey shows that most managers have an inflated opinion of their own abilities.

The report says there is a “reality gap” where managers don’t realise how awful they are.

The vast majority of managers think workers are “satisfied” with them. But in reality just over half of workers say they are.

A man with no legs is being denied disability benefits—because officials say he hasn’t proved he is disabled.

John Bower, who lives in Golcar, West Yorkshire, was an engineer for Fujitsu until he fell ill with meningitis.

This led to septicaemia then gangrene in his legs, which had to be amputated.

But officials refuse to believe his claim. They even asked him how far he could walk.

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Tue 8 May 2012, 16:29 BST
Issue No. 2302
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