Anxiety among aspiring solicitors has “skyrocketed” – Legal Futures

Posted May 20th, 2020 in charities, coronavirus, mental health, news, paralegals, solicitors, statistics by sally

‘Anxiety among aspiring solicitors has “skyrocketed” as a result of the Covid-19 crisis, a survey has found, with 75% of trainees and paralegals expecting it to lead to “significant job losses at my level of seniority”.’

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Legal Futures, 20th May 2020

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Charity sends letter before action over regulations relaxing social care protections – Local Government Lawyer

‘Children’s rights charity Article 39 has threatened the Department for Education with legal action if it does not withdraw regulations aimed at assisting the children’s care sector during the COVID-19 crisis.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th May 2020

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Scott v LGBT Foundation Ltd: When Dealing with Personal Information Falls Outside the Data Protection Regime – The 36 Group

‘In Scott v LGBT Foundation Ltd [2020] EWHC 483 (QB) the High Court held that “a verbal disclosure does not constitute the processing of personal data” under the Data Protection Act 1998 (“DPA 1998”).’

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The 36 Group, 5th May 2020

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Protecting domestic violence victims in lockdown – The Guardian

‘Kate, a call handler for a domestic violence charity, discusses the challenges of trying to deal with the rising number of calls during lockdown. Guardian reporter Helen Pidd has been reporting on the domestic violence cases being heard at Manchester magistrates court over the past few weeks.’

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The Guardian, 6th May 2020

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Anger as watchdog clears Alzheimer’s Society of wrongdoing – The Guardian

‘The charity watchdog is embroiled in a row with ex-employees of the Alzheimer’s Society after clearing it of wrongdoing, following claims in a Guardian investigation over payouts to workers who signed non-disclosure agreements (NDAs).’

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The Guardian, 4th May 2020

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MoJ pumps £5.4m into not-for-profit advice sector – Legal Futures

Posted May 5th, 2020 in budgets, charities, coronavirus, law centres, news by sally

‘The government has announced a £5.4m cash injection for law centres and other legal advice charities to help people with housing, debt, discrimination and employment problems during the Covid-19 crisis.’

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Legal Futures, 5th May 2020

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Domestic abuse prosecutions fell by 24% at end of 2019 – The Guardian

‘The number of domestic abuse prosecutions fell by almost a quarter in the last three months of 2019, compared to the previous year, according to quarterly figures released by the Crown Prosecution Service. Rape prosecutions also fell 23% in the last three months of 2019 compared to a year prior, maintaining a historic low.’

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The Guardian, 30th April 2020

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Government relaxation of regulations relating to children’s social care draws criticism – Local Government Lawyer

‘The government has amended several sets of regulations with a view to assisting the children’s social care sector during the coronavirus pandemic but the move has been strongly criticised by a children’s rights charity.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th April 2020

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QC body donates £200k to benevolent associations – Legal Futures

Posted April 28th, 2020 in charities, coronavirus, legal profession, news by sally

‘The body that organises the annual silk round has responded to pressure to release reserves during the coronavirus crisis by donating £200,000 to the benevolent associations for solicitors and barristers.’

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Legal Futures, 28th April 2020

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Charges and cautions for domestic violence rise by 24% in London – The Guardian

Posted April 27th, 2020 in charities, coronavirus, domestic violence, families, news, police, statistics by sally

‘Police have warned of a looming rise in reported domestic abuse cases with some victims currently suffering in silence fearing if their abuser is arrested and becomes unemployed, they and their children will be plunged into poverty.’

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The Guardian, 24th April 2020

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MPs call for action over expected rise in child sexual abuse during pandemic – The Guardian

‘Increased funding for children’s helplines is among the urgent measures being demanded by a group of cross-party MPs to tackle child sexual abuse during the coronavirus pandemic.’

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The Guardian, 16th April 2020

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Domestic abuse killings ‘more than double’ amid Covid-19 lockdown – The Guardian

Posted April 16th, 2020 in charities, children, coronavirus, domestic violence, families, homicide, news, statistics by sally

‘At least 16 suspected domestic abuse killings in the UK have been identified by campaigners since the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions were imposed, far higher than the average rate for the time of year, it has emerged.’

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The Guardian, 15th April 2020

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Revealed: surge in domestic violence during Covid-19 crisis – The Guardian

‘Shocking statistics revealed that domestic violence has surged since the start of the coronavirus lockdown, as the home secretary, Priti Patel, insisted that help for all victims of abuse was available.’

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The Guardian, 12th April 2020

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UK domestic abuse helplines report surge in calls during lockdown – The Guardian

‘A helpline for perpetrators of domestic abuse who are seeking help to change their behaviour has received 25% more calls as the Covid-19 lockdown continues, fresh figures show.’

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The Guardian, 9th April 2020

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Domestic abuse cases soar as lockdown takes its toll – The Guardian

‘More than 25 organisations helping domestic violence victims have reported an increase in their caseload since the start of the UK’s coronavirus epidemic.’

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The Guardian, 4th April 2020

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Charities call for inquiry into deaths linked to benefits cuts – The Guardian

‘Some of the UK’s best known mental health charities and the Royal College of Psychiatrists have jointly called for an independent inquiry into the deaths of scores of vulnerable people who were reliant on welfare benefits.’

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The Guardian, 11th March 2020

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Save The Children misled public while failing to deal with sexual harassment allegations against top bosses, report reveals – The Independent

Posted March 5th, 2020 in charities, complaints, harassment, news by tracey

‘Save the Children UK let down women who complained and the public through serious failures including a cover-up in how it handled sexual harassment claims against senior staff, according to a watchdog’s damning report.’

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The Independent, 5th March 2020

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Lawyers and women’s rights charities call for family court judge’s cases to be reviewed – Local Government Lawyer

‘Over 130 family lawyers and women’s rights groups have called for Judge Tolson’s continuing cases to be reviewed, following Justice Russell’s condemnation of the family court judge’s treatment of an allegation of sexual assault in a child protection fact-finding trial last month.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 20th February 2020

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Disability charity boss jailed after stealing from pension fund – The Guardian

Posted February 11th, 2020 in charities, fraud, news, sentencing by sally

‘The former head of a charity has been jailed for five years after he admitted defrauding a pension scheme for workers with disabilities and using the money to buy houses in England and France.’

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The Guardian, 10th February 2020

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Charity warns over ‘safe’ legalisation of cannabis – The Guardian

Posted February 10th, 2020 in charities, drug abuse, drug offences, mental health, news, statistics by sally

‘One in 20 adults would take cannabis on a regular basis if it were legalised, similar to the number of people who currently use it, according to a poll for a leading mental health charity.’

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The Guardian, 9th February 2020

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