‘Devastating impact’ of NHS blunders revealed in ombudsman’s report – The Guardian

Posted October 30th, 2014 in complaints, health, news, ombudsmen, reports by sally

‘The NHS has committed a catalogue of blunders that have had a “devastating impact” on every generation, a report has revealed.’

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The Guardian, 29th October 2014

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Pensions Regulator fines first employers for breaches of automatic enrolment duties – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 30th, 2014 in employment, enforcement, fines, news, pensions, reports by sally

‘The amount of enforcement action taken against employers for non-compliance with their automatic enrolment duties rose considerably in September, according to the Pensions Regulator, which has also recently issued its first fines for breaches.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 29th October 2014

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Punitive drug law enforcement failing, says Home Office study – The Guardian

Posted October 30th, 2014 in crime, drug abuse, drug offences, enforcement, evidence, health, news, reports by sally

‘There is no evidence that tough enforcement of the drug laws on personal possession leads to lower levels of drug use, according to the government’s first evidence-based study.’

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The Guardian, 30th October 2014

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BSB’s new approach to working with chambers can help improve barristers’ businesses – Bar Standards Board

Posted October 28th, 2014 in barristers, news, pilot schemes, reports by sally

‘Today [24 October] the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has published the findings of its pilot supervision visits to chambers. The supervision programme is part of the BSB’s new targeted and proportionate approach to regulation launched at the beginning of the year.’

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Bar Standards Board, 24th October 2014

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Competition law and public services: insights from the OFT report into higher education – Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers

Posted October 28th, 2014 in competition, education, news, reports, universities by sally

‘Recent public sector reforms have relied on choice and competition to increase the quality and quantity of service provision, whilst also controlling cost, through a programme known as Open Public Services. The use of choice and competition gives rise to public service markets, and ensuring that these markets function effectively is one of the Competition and Markets Authority’s declared objectives. Higher education constitutes one of the larger public service markets, and to understand how the market for undergraduate education in England functions, in October 2013, the OFT launched a Call For Information. Amongst other things, the OFT wished to consider whether it was plausible for universities to have arrived at a uniform fee for all their undergraduate courses without colluding, and whether the way prospective undergraduates apply for university places could harm competition between institutions, to the detriment of students. The OFT’s higher education report, published in March 2014, provides useful insights into the role of competition law in public service markets and of the challenges of apply competition law in public service markets.’

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Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers, 27th October 2014

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Prisons struggling with old, sick and disabled people, says charity – The Independent

Posted October 28th, 2014 in disabled persons, elderly, news, prisons, reports by sally

‘Prisons are struggling to cope with the growing numbers of old, sick and disabled people behind bars, according to a prison charity.’

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The Independent, 28th October 2014

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Disability hate crime convictions drop, says CPS – BBC News

Posted October 23rd, 2014 in crime, disabled persons, harassment, news, prosecutions, reports by sally

‘Prosecutors have pledged to do more to tackle disability hate crime after a drop in the number of convictions.’

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BBC News, 23rd October 2014

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Prison inspector warns of ‘widening cracks’ in system – BBC News

Posted October 22nd, 2014 in drug abuse, news, prisons, reports, suicide by sally

‘There has been a “rapid deterioration” in prison safety in England and Wales, the prisons inspector has warned.’

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BBC News, 21st October 2014

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Is this a good time to dilute care home rules? – The Guardian

Posted October 22nd, 2014 in care homes, news, regulations, reports by sally

‘New laws aim to relax rules for care homes at a time when a report reveals 100 allegations of abuse to residents every day.’

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The Guardian, 21st October 2014

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A sixth of foreign criminals absconded before being deported from UK – The Guardian

Posted October 22nd, 2014 in criminal justice, deportation, immigration, news, reports, sentencing by sally

‘One in six foreign offenders living in the community have absconded, including 58 dangerous individuals who have been missing since 2010, the National Audit Office has revealed.’

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The Guardian, 22nd October 2014

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Show us your evidence, Society tells MoJ consultation – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Law Society has urged the Ministry of Justice to release for formal consultation a report on the criminal legal aid market which casts doubt on its controversial reform proposals.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 14th October 2014

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Women make up only 25% of judges in England and Wales – The Guardian

Posted October 10th, 2014 in diversity, equality, judiciary, news, reports, women by sally

‘The UK judicial system lags well behind the rest of Europe in terms of gender balance, according to a study of the relative efficiency of justice systems published on Thursday.’

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The Guardian, 9th October 2014

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Theresa May postpones terrorism policing review – BBC News

Posted October 9th, 2014 in national crime agency, news, police, reports, terrorism by sally

‘Home Secretary Theresa May has abandoned plans to review the structure of counter-terrorism policing, because of the increased security threat level.’

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BBC News, 9th October 2014

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Interim review of the national referral mechanism for victims of human trafficking – Home Office

Posted October 3rd, 2014 in forced labour, reports, trafficking in human beings, victims by tracey

‘The national referral mechanism is a multi-agency victim identification and support process.’

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Home Office, 2nd October 2014

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New whiplash and PPI claim rules – Ministry of Justice

‘The latest stages of the government’s work on compensation claims take effect today (Wednesday 1 October 2014) with new measures around whiplash and PPI claims.’

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Minsitry of Justice, 1st October 2014

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Child Rights Impact Assessment on Legal Aid: Particpation work with children and young people – The Children’s Commissioner

Posted September 30th, 2014 in children, legal aid, reports by tracey

‘Child Rights Impact Assessment on Legal Aid: Particpation work with children and young people.’

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The Children’s Commissioner, 24th September 2014

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South Yorkshire police under fire for failing to protect vulnerable children – BBC News

Posted September 30th, 2014 in children, news, police, reports, sexual grooming, victims by tracey

‘A police force criticised for turning a blind eye to the sexual exploitation of 1,400 children in Rotherham has been further rebuked for “weaknesses” in its child protection procedures. South Yorkshire police had “limited understanding” of the risk posed by offenders who target vulnerable children, while officers showed an inconsistent response to child sexual exploitation, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) said.’

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BBC News, 30th September 2014

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Bar Council urges government rethink on end of insolvency LASPO exemption – Litigation Futures

Posted September 23rd, 2014 in barristers, insolvency, news, reports, time limits by sally

‘The Bar Council has urged the government to reconsider its plans to end the Jackson reforms exemption currently applied to insolvency litigation.’

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Litigation Futures, 23rd September 2014

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Watchdog investigates Met police over handling of discrimination complaints – The Guardian

‘Scotland Yard is being investigated by a human rights watchdog for deleting references to discrimination from internal reports to avoid problems at tribunals.’

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The Guardian, 22nd September 2014

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Bar Council publishes third representational annual report – The Bar Council

Posted September 22nd, 2014 in advocacy, barristers, budgets, costs, diversity, equality, fees, legal aid, news, reports by sally

‘The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has today published the third edition of its annual report, ‘Representing the Bar’, which focuses on the organisation’s representational activities and performance against key strategic aims for 2013-14.’

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The Bar Council, 19th September 2014

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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