EVENT: Discrimination Law Association Annual Conference 2015

Posted September 21st, 2015 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘Book soon to secure a place at this year’s DLA conference.
2015 is the 50th anniversary of the first Race Relations Act, the 40th anniversary of the Sex Discrimination Act and the 20th anniversary of the first Disability Discrimination Act as well as the 20th anniversary of the Discrimination Law Association. We are using this year’s conference to remind ourselves of past struggles and celebrate the rights we have won but also to consider the task ahead to retain, develop and expand those rights.
The keynote speaker, Judge Brian Doyle, President of the Employment Tribunals of England and Wales, will address issues of employment discrimination and what the future may hold for users and equality practitioners of the Tribunals. Other speakers include Geoffrey Bindman QC, Jenny Earle, Professor Anna Lawson and Karon Monaghan QC.’

Date: 26th October 2015
Location: Baker & McKenzie, 100 New Bridge Street, London EC4V 6JA
Charge: See website for details

Is equity release still a dirty word? – BBC News

Posted September 21st, 2015 in interest, loans, mortgages, news by sally

‘Whether you’re considering a cruise, a new kitchen, or just giving money to the children, the thought of liberating that cash from the value of your house is enticing.’

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BBC News, 19th September 2015

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The legal situation if someone has oral sex with a dead animal – The Independent

Posted September 21st, 2015 in animals, news, pornography, sexual offences by sally

‘Sexual activity with an animal is covered in UK law by Section 69 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003. Under this law a person is said to have committed an offence if they intentionally have sex with an animal.’

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The Independent, 21st September 2015

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Child sex abusers can be punished more severely when their victims are Asian, court rules – The Independent

Posted September 21st, 2015 in child abuse, news, sentencing, sexual offences by sally

‘A paedophile who sexually abused two children could be given a harsher sentence than usual because of the Asian community his victims were from, a judge has ruled.’

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The Independent, 18th September 2015

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Spanking images ex-teacher jailed – BBC News

Posted September 21st, 2015 in indecent photographs of children, news, sentencing, teachers by sally

‘A retired teacher who was caught with indecent images on his computer of boys being spanked has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 18th September 2015

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No one has the right to expect the State to make them better parents – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted September 21st, 2015 in care orders, children, families, medical treatment, news, rehabilitation by sally

‘In the course of care proceedings, they had been compelled to pay about £200,000 to provide a therapeutic residential placement for a family pursuant to section 38(6) of the Children Act 1989. The case had a happy ending; the family stayed together. But the local authority wanted to make it clear for the future that this had been an improper use of section 38(6) of the Children Act 1989 and argued that the court could not compel a local authority to pay for therapy for parents under a statutory provision directed at assessments of the child.The House of Lords – as they then were – agreed. However, they went further than simply restating the purpose behind section 38(6).’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 18th September 2015

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Settled Gypsies could be forced back on to the road by new planning laws – The Independent

Posted September 21st, 2015 in equality, gipsies, news, planning by sally

‘Gypsies and Travellers across Britain will be driven off sites they have made their home by new planning laws requiring them to prove that they are still itinerant. The move could cause a large increase in the number of unauthorised roadside camps, and force many families – including the infirm and those with children in school – on to the road against their will.’

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The Independent, 19th September 2015

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Rogue landlords should face jail terms to deter them from taking advantage of renters, say national bodies – The Independent

Posted September 21st, 2015 in landlord & tenant, local government, news, penalties, sentencing by sally

‘Rogue landlords should face harsher consequences, including jail terms, to deter them from taking advantage of “vulnerable” renters, national bodies have said.’

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The Independent, 19th September 2015

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Doesn’t it make you proud to be English? – Nearly Legal

Posted September 21st, 2015 in bills, housing, immigration, landlord & tenant, news by sally

‘The Immigration Bill 2015 has been published and will have a Second Reading in the House of Commons on October 13, 2015. It contains some truly remarkable provisions about housing. But first, short re-cap to remind you how we got to this stage.’
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Nearly Legal, 19th September 2015

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Can access to justice in employment disputes be restored by a new single jurisdiction? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted September 21st, 2015 in costs, dispute resolution, employment tribunals, jurisdiction, news by sally

‘In 2013 radical changes were introduced to the Employment Tribunal system, which, since its inception in the 1970s, had enabled employees to bring their disputes before a legally qualified Chairman free of charge. Since 2013 legal costs have been incurred automatically upon issuing proceedings. Before issuing proceedings the parties have an opportunity to reach a settlement via the ACAS early conciliation process. But there may be little incentive for an employer to engage in a conciliated settlement, where the employee is unlikely to be able to afford the tribunal fees.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 18th September 2015

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

Depressed man killed himself as a direct result of DWP’s ‘fit to work’ ruling, coroner finds – The Independent

Posted September 21st, 2015 in benefits, disabled persons, inquests, mental health, news, suicide by sally

‘A coroner has concluded for the first time that a man with severe mental illness killed himself as a direct result of being found “fit to work” by the Government’s outsourced disability assessors.’

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The Independent, 20th September 2015

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Police given advice on spotting domestic abuse patterns – BBC News

Posted September 21st, 2015 in domestic violence, news, police, prosecutions, victims by sally

‘Police officers will receive specialist advice on how to spot patterns of domestic abuse under new guidance.’
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BBC News, 21st September 2015

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Westminster child sex abuse inquiry ‘split over credibility of witness’ – The Guardian

Posted September 21st, 2015 in child abuse, inquiries, news, police, sexual offences by sally

‘Scotland Yard’s high-profile inquiry into an alleged Westminster paedophile ring is split over the veracity of the allegations under investigation and faces external criticism of its conduct.’

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The Guardian, 21st September 2015

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