UK’s ‘structurally unfair’ asylum appeals process suspended by court after legal challenge – The Independent

Posted June 29th, 2015 in appeals, asylum, charities, detention, news, refugees by sally

‘A court has suspended the UK’s fast-track asylum appeals system after a legal challenge by a charity that says it is “structurally unfair”.’

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The Independent, 26th June 2015

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Number of sexual assaults reported on children rises to 85 a day – The Guardian

‘Police are recording 85 sexual assaults on children each day after an increase of more than a third in reports of abuse and exploitation, new figures have revealed.’

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The Guardian, 17th June 2015

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Animal charities in legal victory against family of elderly donor to get £350k house she ‘left to carer nephew’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 10th, 2015 in animals, appeals, charities, documents, news, wills by sally

‘Chiltern Dog Rescue and Redwings Horse Sanctuary win appeal against ruling that man who cared for elderly aunt before she died entitled to home.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th June 2015

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NSPCC queries High Court judge’s smacking remarks – BBC News

‘Children need to be protected from being physically abused by their parents irrespective of “cultural sensitivities”, a UK charity has said.’

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BBC News, 10th June 2015

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Pressure group Cage launches legal action against Charity Commission and accuses it of acting like ‘counter-terrorism police’ – The Independent

Posted June 5th, 2015 in charities, freedom of expression, Islam, judicial review, news by tracey

‘The British pressure group which claimed the Islamic State executioner known as “Jihadi John” was radicalised by MI5 has launched legal action against the Charity Commission, accusing it of acting like a branch of “counter-terrorism police”.’

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The Independent, 4th June 2015

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Non-violent extremism: some questions about laws and limits – UK Human Rights

‘Sajid Javid’s reported objections to the Government’s pre-election proposals on countering extremist ideas uncover just how controversial the new laws will be. He had objected, it seems, to a mooted expansion of Ofcom’s powers to take pre-emptive action to prevent the broadcast of programmes with ‘extremist content’ before they are transmitted.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 22nd May 2015

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Campaigners gear up for legal challenge over UK runways – BBC News

‘A charity, which successfully took the last Heathrow expansion scheme to court, says it could do the same again if ministers press ahead with a new runway at either Heathrow or Gatwick.’

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BBC News, 18th May 2015

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5,000 disabled adults sexually abused in past two years, NSPCC says – The Guardian

‘Almost 5,000 disabled adults have been sexually abused in England in the past two years, figures have shown.’

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The Guardian, 18th May 2015

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Greenpeace anti-fracking advert banned for claiming support of ‘experts’ – The Independent

Posted May 6th, 2015 in advertising, charities, energy, environmental protection, news by sally

‘A Greenpeace advert opposing fracking has been banned for claiming experts agreed that the process would not cut energy bills.’

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The Independent, 6th May 2015

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UK housing crisis ‘in breach of human rights’ – The Guardian

Posted April 28th, 2015 in charities, housing, human rights, news, rent, reports by sally

‘The UK is in breach of its own United Nations human rights commitment to provide people with adequate homes because the housing crisis is so serious, a consortium of leading housing charities has warned. They cite soaring housing rental costs, unhealthy conditions in homes, and rising levels of homelessness and warn of “profound issues of lack of supply, increasing housing costs, lack of security of tenure and homes of such poor quality that they are unfit for habitation”.’

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The Guardian, 28th April 2015

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RSPCA prosecutions ease despite rise in animal cruelty – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 22nd, 2015 in animal cruelty, animals, charities, news, prosecutions by sally

‘Charity insists no change in prosecution policy after controversial chief quits but convictions down sharply.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd April 2015

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TV ‘exposure’ of Scientology halted by UK libel law split – The Guardian

‘Plans to broadcast HBO’s Church of Scientology exposé, Going Clear, have been shelved by Sky Atlantic in a virtual repeat of events two years ago, when UK publishers abandoned publication of the book on which the hard-hitting new TV documentary is based.’

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The Guardian, 18th April 2015

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International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Act 2015 – legislation.gov.uk

Posted April 7th, 2015 in budgets, charities, legislation, United Nations by sally

International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Act 2015 published

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Herbal doctors will not be regulated, despite pleas from Prince Charles – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 30th, 2015 in charities, health, medical treatment, news, regulations, royal family by sally

‘Despite lobbying from Prince Charles, health officials have decided there is not enough evidence herbal medicines work to justify regulating the ancient practices.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th March 2015

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Exclusive: Miscarriages of justice charity seeks law firm status – Legal Futures

‘A criminal appeals charity run by lawyers has applied to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to be a regulated legal practice, and could become the first charity to become a traditional law firm in its own right.’

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Legal Futures, 26th March 2015

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Technical Issues in Charity Law – Law Commission

Posted March 20th, 2015 in charities, consultations, news by tracey

‘A consultation exploring whether aspects of charity law can be reformed to remove unnecessary regulation while safeguarding the public interest in ensuring that charities are properly run.’

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Law Commission, 20th March 2015

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What happens if a beneficiary of a will pre-deceases a testator? – Tanfield Chambers

Posted March 18th, 2015 in charities, news, wills by sally

‘Wills are typically described as “ambulatory” which means that they possess no force or effect prior to the death of the testator. Where the beneficiary of a gift predeceases the testator then as a general rule the gift will fail or “lapse”. Note that a deemed predecease will arise in various cases such as the effect of divorce on a gift made by one spouse to another. The effect is that for the purpose of any gift to that spouse the survivor will be deemed to have predeceased the testator[1]. Another less well known example is the effect of renunciation of a gift.’

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Tanfield Chambers, 19th February 2015

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The death of Mr Pig and the truth about the RSPCA – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 16th, 2015 in animal cruelty, animals, charities, costs, news, prosecutions by sally

‘The decision to destroy a beloved pet suggests that the animal protection charity has lost its way.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th March 2015

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Whether charities liable for damage caused by protesters depends on factual connections, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 11th, 2015 in charities, criminal damage, fisheries, news, Supreme Court by tracey

‘Companies can find themselves the subject of protests which cause costly damage, but can they sue protesters? The Supreme Court has laid out some of the logic it would use to rule on a claim, though it did not find a charity liable in this case.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 9th March 2015

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Jimmy Savile and the complex question of victim compensation – The Guardian

‘It is now known that 60 people from Stoke Mandeville hospital were abused by Jimmy Savile. But will they and his other victims receive compensation? And where will the money come from?’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th February 2015

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