5 live Investigates

Adrian Goldberg presents an entertaining mix of dirt-digging, debunking, and intriguing interviews revealing unreported issues. Investigative news report from Adrian Goldberg’s BBC Radio 5 live programme, broadcast Sundays at 11am.

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5LI: Care Fees Avoidance 26 Feb 12
Is it easier to avoid paying care home fees and get the state to pay in some areas than others? Elderly people in need of residential care receive no financial help from the local authority if their assets, including their homes, are worth more than £23,250. Its led to some estate planners advising families how to hide their assets and get the state to fund care instead. But these families risk legal action from councils if they can prove individuals have deliberately deprived themselves of assets to avoid the cost of care. Adrian Goldberg reveals which local authorities are clamping down on the practice and those which arent. Plus, the payday loan company that threatened customers it might contact their employer if they didnt settle their debts.
Dátum: 2012-02-26 Idő: 23:40:00
5LI: Privacy Watchdog Whistleblower 19 Feb 12
A former senior investigator with the privacy watchdog, the Information Commissioners Office speaks to Adrian Goldberg and criticises his former employers for not doing more to stamp out malpractice by the media years before the hacking scandal broke. Since last November the Leveson Inquiry has been hearing evidence about media ethics in the wake of the hacking scandal. Much of the medias focus has been on high profile celebrity witnesses and their accounts of their treatment at the hands of the press. But the role of the Information Commissioners Office thats emerged through evidence to the Inquiry has been largely overlooked. Adrian Goldberg asks why more action wasnt taken when the ICO was investigating links dating back to 2002 between journalists and the private detectives who provided them with illegally obtained private details about celebrities, politicians and ordinary members of the public.
Dátum: 2012-02-19 Idő: 23:33:00
5LI: Britain's Ghost Streets 12 Feb 12
Under the last government, £2.2 billion was spent regenerating areas in the north of England and the Midlands to make them more attractive to new homeowners in what were known as Pathfinder schemes. Eight years into the initiative, the Coalition Government scrapped it because, it was argued, instead of rejuvenating local communities, there had been an obsession with demolition. Adrian Goldberg investigates what's happened to the families stuck between the policies of two governments and left marooned in desolate streets. And he asks why, despite promises against further demolition, yet more taxpayers' money is being spent knocking down homes.
Dátum: 2012-02-12 Idő: 23:35:00
5LI: The Dark Web 5 Feb 12
Adrian Goldberg investigates the dark web, a hidden part of the internet where paedophiles, drug dealers and gun smugglers can ply their trade without fear of being identified. Supporters of it say its played a key role in facilitating free speech for people living under oppressive regimes but critics fear its being exploited by sophisticated criminal gangs operating under the radar of the authorities.
Dátum: 2012-02-05 Idő: 23:30:00
5LI: Taxis to School on the Taxpayer 29 Jan 12
Adrian Goldberg investigates the millions of pounds local authorities spend every year sending children to and from school in taxis. Rural areas spend disproportionately more on cabs for pupils because of the lack of public transport but should the taxpayer be subsidising the lifestyle choice of some young families? And should councils be paying for taxis for pupils just because they’ve been excluded from their local schools? Plus: why thousands of patients dispensed counterfeit drugs on the NHS in the largest ever case of its kind have yet to identified or informed.
Dátum: 2012-01-29 Idő: 23:00:00
5LI: SOPA + Business Rates Avoidance 22 Jan 12
Businesses are avoiding paying full rates on empty property by exploiting a tax loophole. Some businesses are moving in charities as tenants, who qualify for an 80% discount on their rates for doing as little as hanging up posters in shop windows. Plus: the controversial US SOPA bill plans to crack down on online piracy. 5 live Investigates speaks to the co-founder of Reddit, Alexis Ohanian, who has been at the forefront of the anti-SOPA campaign. Joining the disucssion is the Chris Marcich, president of the Motion Picture Association, Europe.
Dátum: 2012-01-22 Idő: 23:48:00
5LI: Foul Play in Football Apprenticeships 15 Jan 12
How wisely is taxpayers money being spent on government-backed apprenticeships? This week the programme investigates one scheme set up by ex-Welsh football international Mark Aizlewood which was meant to train teenagers to become sports coaches. The company - Luis Michael Training - was awarded around £6 million by eight further education colleges to deliver the scheme at football clubs up and down the country. Two thousand young people signed up - but many failed to get their qualifications. Hundreds of trainees have been left out of pocket and the company is now in liquidation. Was the scheme properly scrutinised by the colleges and the governments Skills Funding Agency? We ask whos to blame for the failure and what happened to all the money.
Dátum: 2012-01-15 Idő: 23:30:00
5LI: Multi-Million Pound School I.T Scam 08 JAN 2012
Schools across the UK have been caught-out in an I.T leasing scam which experts say could cost hundreds of millions of pounds. Adrian Goldberg speaks to one school which unwittingly signed-up to a lease agreement for over £700,000 worth of computer equipment. Also: Google Ads making money from unlawful 2012 Olympic ticket firms.
Dátum: 2012-01-08 Idő: 23:00:00
5LI: UKs Counterfeit Goods Capital 18 DEC 2011
Manchester and neighbouring Salford is the counterfeit capital of the UK, distributing fake and sometimes dangerous goods across the UK. Industry advisers say not enough is being done to tackle the trade now estimated to cost £1.3bn a year.
Dátum: 2011-12-18 Idő: 22:30:00
5LI: Sinking of the Swanland 11 DEC 2011
The cargo ship that sank off the North Wales coast with the loss of 5 crewmen had been at the centre of repeated safety concerns, according to a BBC 5 Live investigation. Controversy in the world of wrestling after its revealed that Britains Olympics hopefuls may not get their passports in time. Why the promised train carriages are not on our railways, and more on the small businesses trying to get government contracts.
Dátum: 2011-12-11 Idő: 22:34:00