Why pass FOI laws? The politics of freedom of information – The Constitution Unit

Posted February 22nd, 2017 in foreign jurisdictions, freedom of information, legislation, news by sally

‘Why are there now more than 100 freedom of information laws around the world, even though they help opponents and hinder governments? In a new book, published this month by Manchester University Press, Ben Worthy investigates. He concludes that the main reason is that as a symbolic pledge in opposition FOI laws are hard to resist. Once in power these promises are hard to back down from, though experience suggests that proposed laws are often watered down before being enacted. These findings are summarised here.’

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The Constitution Unit, 16th February 2017

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Miller and the modern British Constitution – Counsel

‘Miller reveals the malleability of the parliamentary sovereignty doctrine, argues Professor Mark Elliott in his examination of the many tensions which lie at the heart of the majority judgment.’

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Counsel, March 2017

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Parental consent not required for section 20 accommodation – Community Care Blog

‘Is it a breach of a local authority’s duty under section 20 of the Children Act 1989, and article 8 of the ECHR, to keep children in foster care without their parent’s consent? This was the question answered by the Court of Appeal in London Borough of Hackney v Williams [2017] EWCA Civ 26.’

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Community Care Blog, 9th February 2017

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Public Sector Exit Payments – Old Square Chambers

Posted February 22nd, 2017 in employment, legislation, news by sally

‘As you may recall, Section 41 of the Enterprise Act 2016 gave the Government the power to issue regulations capping public sector exit payments at £95,000. Although draft regulations were published for “illustrative purposes” to assist the parliamentary debate on what became the Enterprise Act, no further moves were made at the time to implement this cap.’

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Old Square Chambers, 3rd February 2017

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Forfeiture Act 1982: Nothing to do with Section 146 or peaceable re-entry this time – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted February 22nd, 2017 in forfeiture, legislation, mental health, news by sally

‘Imagine receiving instructions from a client that his mother has died intestate but that a sibling had taken the property (the principal asset of the estate) and was not prepared to sell the property and share the proceeds of sale 50 / 50.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 17th February 2017

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Opposite-sex civil partnerships? Steinfeld & Anor in the Court of Appeal – Law & Religion UK

‘S 1(1) Civil Partnership Act 2004 stipulates that only a same-sex couple may conclude a civil partnership: “A civil partnership is a relationship between two people of the same sex…”. In June 2014 the Coalition Government published the results of its second consultation on the future of civil partnership: Civil Partnership Review (England and Wales) – Report on Conclusions. After considering the responses to that consultation, the Government decided that it would not be making any changes at present.’

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Law & Religion UK, 21st February 2017

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Secession from the European Union and Private International Law: The Cloud with a Silver Lining – Blackstone Chambers

Posted February 21st, 2017 in EC law, international law, legislation, news, regulations, speeches, treaties by sally

‘In the last six months there have been lectures, seminars, evidence-givingsand-takings, reports issued, all over town, in which the future of commercial litigation in England has been discussed. It may not be completely true that these have as their object the utter immiseration of everyone within earshot, but that does appear to be the principal effect. Those who, like me, do not seem to be invited to such gatherings are at liberty to see things rather differently. We have a once-in-a generation opportunity to compare the rules of private international law which we currently have with what we might instead have, and to take stock. When that is done, the path ahead will be seen to be rather clearer and brighter than some others would tell you it is. One certainly hears people suggesting that secession from the European Union is going to have a damaging effect, but for our private international law the truth may well be otherwise. And while the need to deal with these tasks may be an un-looked-for interruption to normal work, for some of us the chance to ask questions challenges us to think about what we would like our rules of private international law to say. My conclusion will be that less will change than most seem to suppose (or, in some cases, seem to hope for). There will be minor changes, certainly, but need be nothing major; and if anything major does change, it will not be a change for the worse. In short, though I am very fearful of sounding like the Daily Mail in human form, private international law has no cause for alarm. I should perhaps say that a fuller and footnoted version of this paper will be available from the Combar website if anyone is interested.’

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Blackstone Chambers, 24th January 2017

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Leading terror trial QC to be counter-terror laws watchdog – The Guardian

Posted February 21st, 2017 in freedom of expression, legislation, news, queen's counsel, terrorism by sally

‘Max Hill QC, a leading prosecutor in many of the most serious terrorism trials, has been named the new independent reviewer of terrorism legislation.’

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The Guardian, 20th February 2017

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What Is the Joint Committee On Human Rights And What Does It Do? – RightsInfo

Posted February 20th, 2017 in human rights, legislation, news, parliament, select committees by sally

‘The Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) plays an important role in ensuring that human rights are protected in the UK. Its job includes checking that new laws proposed by the Government are compatible with human rights.’

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RightsInfo, 5th February 2017

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Domestic violence: Theresa May to oversee new law – BBC News

Posted February 20th, 2017 in domestic violence, legislation, news by sally

‘Theresa May will directly oversee the creation of new laws to deal with domestic abuse in England and Wales, the government has said.’

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BBC News, 18th February 2017

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Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted February 10th, 2017 in legislation by tracey

The Non-Domestic Rating (Reliefs, Thresholds and Amendment) (England) Order 2017

The Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (Commencement No. 2 and Transitory Provision) Regulations 2017

The Qualifications Wales Act 2015 (Consequential Provision) Order 2017

The Contracts for Difference (Standard Terms) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

The Elections (Policy Development Grants Scheme) (Amendment) Order 2017

The Infrastructure Act 2015 (Commencement No. 6 and Savings) Regulations 2017

The Equality Act 2010 (Commencement No. 12) Order 2017

The Plant Health (Fees) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

The Great Place (England) Joint Scheme (Authorisation) Order 2017

The Education (Student Fees, Awards and Support) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

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Policing and Crime Act 2017 – legislation.gov.uk

Posted February 8th, 2017 in legislation, police by tracey

Policing and Crime Act 2017

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Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted February 8th, 2017 in legislation by tracey

The Occupational and Personal Pension Schemes (Automatic Enrolment) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

The Social Housing Rents (Exceptions and Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

The Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 (Disapplication of Sections 88 and 89) Regulations 2017

The Civil Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2017

The Fixed Penalty (Amendment) Order 2017

The Pensions Act 2014 (Commencement No. 9) and the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 (Commencement No. 4) Regulations 2017

The Electricity (Connection Charges) Regulations 2017

The Infrastructure Planning (Compulsory Acquisition) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

The Cattle Identification (Amendment) Regulations 2017

The Rights of Passengers in Bus and Coach Transport (Exemptions and Enforcement) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

The Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 (Penalty Points) (Amendment) Order 2017

The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Codes of Practice) (Revision of Codes C, D and H) Order 2017

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Official Secrets Acts reviewed to meet the challenges of the 21st Century – Law Commission

‘The Officials Secret Acts are being independently reviewed to ensure that the law is keeping pace with the challenges of the 21st century.’

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Law Commission, 2nd February 2017

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Philip Allott: Taking Stock of the Legal Fallout from the EU (Notification of Withdrawal) Act 2017 – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘Some of the accumulated noxious legal dust will now settle with the enacting of the grossly mistitled EU (Notification of Withdrawal) Act 2017. We may have witnessed our first post-legal legal event. Populist law. If many people say a legally incorrect thing many times, it may come to be treated as if it were correct. Alternative law.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 2nd February 2017

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New Acts – legislation.gov.uk

Posted February 2nd, 2017 in banking, charities, children, legislation by tracey

Small Charitable Donations and Childcare Payments Act 2017

Savings (Government Contributions) Act 2017

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Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted February 2nd, 2017 in legislation by tracey

The Non-Domestic Rating (Demand Notices) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2017

The Welfare Reform Act 2012 (Commencement No. 11, 13, 16, 22, 23 and 24 and Transitional and Transitory Provisions (Modification)) Order 2017

The School and Early Years Finance (England) Regulations 2017

The Combined Authorities (Mayors) (Filling of Vacancies) Order 2017

The Combined Authorities (Overview and Scrutiny Committees, Access to Information and Audit Committees) Order 2017

The Civil Legal Aid (Procedure) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

The Enterprise Act 2016 (Commencement No. 2) Regulations 2017

The Water Act 2014 (Commencement No. 8 and Transitional Provisions) Order 2017

The Pension Protection Fund and Occupational Pension Schemes (Levy Ceiling and Compensation Cap) Order 2017

The Bank of England and Financial Services (Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2017

The Combined Authorities (Mayoral Elections) Order 2017
The Education (National Curriculum) (Key Stage 2 Assessment Arrangements) (England) (Amendment) Order 2017

The Export Control (Amendment) Order 2017

The Export Control (North Korea Sanctions and Iran, Ivory Coast and Syria Amendment) Order 2017

The Housing and Planning Act 2016 (Commencement No. 4 and Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2017

The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (References to Financial Investigators) (Amendment) Order 2017

The Veterinary Surgeons and Veterinary Practitioners (Registration) (Amendment) Regulations Order of Council 2017

The Food for Specific Groups (Information and Compositional Requirements) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

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Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted January 25th, 2017 in legislation by tracey

The Legal Services Act 2007 (Designation as a Licensing Authority) Order 2017

The Bank of England and Financial Services Act 2016 (Commencement No. 4 and Saving Provision) Regulations 2017

The School Information (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

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New Acts – legislation.gov.uk

Posted January 17th, 2017 in banking, charities, legislation by tracey

Small Charitable Donations and Childcare Payments Act 2017

Savings (Government Contributions) Act 2017

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

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Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted January 17th, 2017 in legislation by tracey

The Housing and Planning Act 2016 (Compulsory Purchase) (Corresponding Amendments) Regulations 2017

The Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act 2014 (Commencement No. 2) Order 2017

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

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