New powers to curb strike disruption approved by MPs – BBC News

Posted January 31st, 2023 in bills, emergency services, industrial action, news, trade unions, transport by tracey

‘MPs have backed plans aimed at enforcing minimum service levels for some sectors during strikes.’

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BBC News, 31st January 2023

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Grant Shapps unveils new powers in strike laws – BBC News

‘Business Secretary Grant Shapps has set out plans to enforce minimum service levels during strike action, including for ambulance staff, firefighters and railway workers.’

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BBC News, 10th January 2023

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Anti-strikes bill to be introduced to Parliament – BBC News

‘The government will introduce a bill to Parliament on Tuesday which would ensure public sector services maintain minimum service levels during strike action.’

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BBC News, 10th January 2023

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Challenging the Right to Strike: the UK Transport Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill – Oxford Human Rights Hub

‘The Transport Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill, currently passing through the UK Parliament, seeks to establish minimum service levels for transport provision following widespread industrial action on the country’s railways. The UK government describes the Bill as necessary ‘to keep Britain moving during transport strikes’. While the legislation’s effectiveness has been questioned elsewhere, the Bill also raises several issues in relation to international human rights law, some of which will be the focus of this blog post.’

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Oxford Human Rights Hub, 9th January 2023

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Anti-strike law could be brought forward as government tries to end disputes – The Guardian

‘Anti-strike legislation is expected to be brought forward later this week, as Rishi Sunak’s government scrambles to get a grip of the ongoing industrial disputes.’

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The Guardian, 4th January 2023

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Cabinet minister rejects national misogyny and racism inquiry – BBC News

‘A national inquiry into institutional misogyny and racism in the workplace has been rejected by the government. The inquiry was called for by the authors of a damning report into London Fire Brigade’s workplace culture.’

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BBC News, 27th November 2022

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Assault EW cases and the perverse effects of virtue-signalling legislation – Counsel

Posted November 10th, 2022 in assault, autism, emergency services, hospitals, imprisonment, mental health, news, police by sally

‘Defence lawyers are concerned that charging is frequently not in the public interest and that defendants with severe mental health problems and/or who are neurodivergent are being pointlessly swept into the criminal justice system, warns Penelope Gibbs.’

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Counsel, November 2022

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Manchester Arena attack: Key failings of emergency response – BBC News

‘The Manchester Arena Inquiry has published a catalogue of failings and mistakes by the emergency services following the terror attack in 2017.’

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BBC News, 4th November 2022

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Drivers could be fined £1,000 for letting ambulance pass – how to avoid it – The Independent

Posted October 4th, 2022 in emergency services, fines, news, road traffic offences by sally

‘Drivers are being warned they face a £1,000 fine if they break the Highway Code when allowing an ambulance to pass them on the road.’

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The Independent, 4th October 2022

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New Acts – legislation.gov.uk

2022 c. 28 – Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Act 2022

2022 c. 27 – Approved Premises (Substance Testing) Act 2022

2022 c. 26 – Glue Traps (Offences) Act 2022

2022 c. 22 – Animal Welfare (Sentience) Act 2022

2022 c. 20 – Professional Qualifications Act 2022

2022 c. 17 – Local Government (Disqualification) Act 2022

2022 c. 36 – Nationality and Borders Act 2022

2022 c. 34 – British Sign Language Act 2022

2022 c. 32 – Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022

2022 c. 29 – Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Disabled Persons) Act 2022

2022 c. 24 – Cultural Objects (Protection from Seizure) Act 2022

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

‘Harper’s law’ may not deliver promised mandatory life sentences for killing police, experts say – The Independent

‘Legal experts have raised questions over a law the justice secretary promised would mean “mandatory life sentences” for people who accidentally kill police officers.’

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The Independent, 24th November 2021

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Motorola faces competition inquiry over UK emergency services network – The Guardian

‘The UK’s competition regulator is investigating Motorola over concerns that it has “cashed in” on its monopoly over mobile networks for the UK emergency services.’

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The Guardian, 26th October 2021

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Manchester Arena Inquiry: Ex-GMP officer investigated over evidence By Daniel De Simone – BBC News

‘A former Greater Manchester Police officer is being investigated by a watchdog over his evidence at a public inquiry into the Manchester Arena bomb.’

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BBC News, 5th July 2021

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New Assault on Emergency Workers Guidelines – Broadway House Chambers

Posted June 18th, 2021 in assault, chambers articles, emergency services, news, sentencing by sally

‘Last week, the Sentencing Council published revised sentencing guidelines for assault offences and new guidance for assaults on Emergency Workers. The updated guidelines come into effect from 1st July 2021 and apply to all adult offenders.’

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Broadway House Chambers, 2nd June 2021

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Councils and other public bodies to be put under legal duty to share data and intelligence in cases of serious violence – Local Government Lawyer

‘A new legal duty is to be imposed on local authorities, the police, criminal justice agencies, health and fire and rescue services to share data and intelligence in cases concerning serious violence.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th March 2021

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Covid: Scarborough woman jailed for coughing at police – BBC News

‘A woman who deliberately coughed at police investigating a breach of coronavirus restrictions has been jailed for four months.’

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BBC News, 23rd February 2021

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London Fire Brigade has only acted on four of 29 recommendations from first stage of Grenfell Inquiry – The Independent

Posted February 12th, 2021 in accidents, codes of practice, delay, emergency services, fire, news by tracey

‘The London Fire Brigade (LFB) has only implemented four of the 29 recommendations suggested to it by the first part of the Grenfell inquiry, a new report has found.’

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The Independent, 12th February 2021

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Dayne Cooper jailed after Essex police officer dragged by car – BBC News

Posted December 1st, 2020 in assault, emergency services, guilty pleas, news, police, sentencing by sally

‘A man who dragged a police officer along the ground as he held the car door and punched another in the head has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 30th November 2020

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Grenfell personal injury claims – factual horror, legal interest and less obvious wellbeing implications – Doughty Street Chambers

‘The actions brought by survivors of the Grenfell disaster came to the High Court for the first time on Friday 2 October with judgment handed down on 14 October: De Costa & Ors v London Fire Commissioner & Ors [2020] EWHC 2718 (QB).’

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Doughty Street Chambers, 15th October 2020

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PC Andrew Harper death: Why his family wants the law to change – BBC News

‘The sentences handed down to the killers of PC Andrew Harper have sparked much public debate and resulted in his widow and mother launching rival campaigns calling for tougher punishments for those who kill emergency services workers.’

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BBC News, 18th October 2020

Source: www.bbc.co.uk