Rwanda plan challenged over alleged failure to identify risks for LGBTQ+ refugees – The Guardian

‘Priti Patel’s plan to send refugees on a one-way ticket to Rwanda is being legally challenged over the government’s alleged failure to identify risks facing vulnerable groups such as LGBTQ+ people.’

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The Guardian, 24th May 2022

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Legal smoking age in England could be raised to 21 – report – The Guardian

Posted May 23rd, 2022 in age of consent, government departments, health, news, smoking, young persons by sally

‘The legal smoking age in England could reportedly be raised from 18 to 21 after a “radical” review into plans to make the country smoke-free by 2030.’

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The Guardian, 21st May 2022

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Overhaul of children’s social care in England urgent and unavoidable, review finds – The Guardianship

‘An urgent multibillion-pound overhaul of children’s social care in England is needed to transform the life chances of thousands of vulnerable young people and reform a system that is spiralling out of control, a government-commissioned review has concluded.’

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The Guardian, 23rd May 2022

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Proposed Reforms to the UK Human Rights Act – Oxford Human Rights Hub

Posted May 20th, 2022 in consultations, government departments, human rights, news by sally

‘In December 2021, the UK Government released its consultation document proposing changes to the Human Rights Act 1998. That document followed the report of the Independent Human Rights Act Review, established in 2020 to examine, first, the relationship between domestic UK courts and the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), and second, the impact of the Human Rights Act 1998 on the relationship between the three branches of state in the UK. Incidentally, the Oxford Human Rights Hub submitted evidence to that latter report. This article considers some of the most important proposed changes.’

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Oxford Human Rights Hub, 18th May 2022

Source: ohrh.law.ox.ac.uk

Home Secretary permanently lifts restrictions on police stop-and-search powers – The Independent

‘The Home Secretary is permanently lifting restrictions placed on police in the use of stop-and-search powers as part of the Government’s strategy to tackle violent crime.’

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The Independent, 16th May 2022

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Home secretary Priti Patel overrode legal advice in asylum cases, adding to record costs – The Independent

‘Priti Patel has repeatedly overridden Home Office legal advice on immigration and asylum cases, adding to record costs for the taxpayer, The Independent can reveal.’

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The Independent, 15th May 2022

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Priti Patel accused of ‘power grab’ over new policing proposals – The Guardian

Posted May 16th, 2022 in codes of practice, government departments, news, police by tracey

‘Police leaders have accused Priti Patel of a “power grab” that would allow the home secretary to intervene in local law enforcement matters and silence chiefs who want to speak out on issues deemed politically sensitive.’

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The Guardian, 16th May 2022

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Unequal impact of Covid should be part of UK inquiry, says chair – The Guardian

‘The chair of the UK Covid-19 public inquiry has urged the prime minister to significantly widen its scope to better examine the pandemic’s unequal impact on minority ethnic people, on children and on mental health.’

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The Guardian, 12th May 2022

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The Queen’s Speech at a glance: Which bills were announced by the Government? – The Independent

Posted May 11th, 2022 in bills, government departments, news by sally

‘The Queen’s Speech, which is written by the Government, was delivered by the Prince of Wales for the first time.’

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The Independent, 10th May 2022

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Priti Patel blames lawyers as she admits Rwanda plan will ‘take time’ – The Guardian

Posted May 10th, 2022 in government departments, immigration, law firms, news, refugees by sally

‘Priti Patel has admitted that it will take time to establish the government’s high-profile plan to send people who arrive in the UK without authorisation to Rwanda, amid growing suspicion that it will not solve the migration crisis in the Channel.’

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The Guardian, 10th May 2022

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The Broads: Couple launch legal challenge over water extraction monitoring plans – BBC News

‘A couple who have spent years battling water abstraction in a national park are taking their fight to the High Court.’

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BBC News, 9th May 2022

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Priti Patel’s Rwanda plan for UK asylum seekers faces its first legal challenge – The Guardian

‘The first legal action has been launched against Priti Patel’s plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda as the UN’s refugee agency raised concerns that the UK is “inviting” other European countries to adopt the same divisive immigration policy.’

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The Guardian, 7th May 2022

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Ofsted to get new powers to tackle illegal unregistered schools in England – BBC News

Posted May 9th, 2022 in bills, education, government departments, news, ombudsmen, school children by tracey

‘New legislation would give the schools regulator powers to crack down on unregistered schools operating illegally in England, ministers say.’

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BBC News, 8th May 2022

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Challenge to Government policy of discharging hospital patients to care homes at start of pandemic partly upheld – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The High Court (Bean LJ and Garnham J) held in R (Gardner) v Secretary of State for Health [2022] EWHC 967 (Admin) that the Government’s March 2020 Discharge Policy and the April 2020 Admissions Guidance were unlawful to the extent that the policy set out in each document was irrational in failing to advise that where an asymptomatic patient (other than one who had tested negative) was admitted to a care home, he or she should, so far as practicable, be kept apart from other residents for 14 days.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 3rd May 2022

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Judicial Review of Policies – Local Government Law

‘R (All the Citizens) v SoS (2022) EWHC 960 (Admin), a Divisional Court is concerned with whether there is a legal duty, enforceable by judicial review, to create and maintain records so that they are available for posterity, and whether policies are enforceable as a matter of public law.’

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Local Government Law, 4th May 2022

Source: local-government-law.11kbw.com

Online safety: work needed to improve UK Bill – OUT-LAW.com

‘There is broad consensus that a greater degree of regulation of online content is necessary, but the aims of the proposed new Online Safety Bill in the UK could be undermined by a lack of clarity over the way the legislation is to be implemented and enforced.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 28th April 2022

Source: www.pinsentmasons.com

EV charging infrastructure – landlord and tenant issues – Practical Law: Construction Blog

‘In the second blog in our series looking at common questions we receive on the roll out of EV infrastructure, we focus on two queries we regularly see in the context of landlord and tenant relations.’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 26th April 2022

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EV charging infrastructure – Practical Law: Construction Blog

‘The EV infrastructure roll out to meet the government’s 2030 target of ending sales of all new petrol and diesel cars is well underway with the private sector rolling out digital charging “at pace”. At the end of March, the government published plans to supercharge progress (more on this below) with promises to do more to encourage private investment so activity in what is already a thriving sector looks likely to intensify. With this is mind, we thought it would be interesting to look at some common queries we receive from clients already active in this sector.’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 20th April 2022

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Borders Act to overhaul asylum system becomes law – Home Office

Posted April 29th, 2022 in asylum, bills, government departments, immigration, news, refugees by tracey

‘The Nationality and Borders Act passed today (Thursday 28 April 2022) will deliver the biggest overhaul of our asylum system in decades.’

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Home Office, 28th April 2022

Source: www.gov.uk

Boost for public safety as four justice bills receive Royal Assent – Ministry of Justice

‘The government delivers on its pledge to protect the public better and restore confidence in the criminal justice system as four major bills became law today (28 April).’

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Ministry of Justice, 28th April 2022

Source: www.gov.uk