Can Online Safety Bill tackle social media abuse of MPs? – BBC News

‘Following an outpouring of sadness after the murder of Conservative MP Sir David Amess, his colleagues from across the Commons have been raising concerns for their own safety.’

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BBC News, 20th October 2021

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Upper Tribunal decides modified Paposhvili test applies to mental illness/risk of suicide cases – EIN Blog

‘In MY (Suicide risk after Paposhvili) Occupied Palestinian Authority [2021] UKUT 232 (IAC) (23 August 2021), the Upper Tribunal made it clear from the outset that the appellant’s appeal was allowed on Article 3 health grounds, which was the determinative issue in the appeal.’

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EIN Blog, 15th October 2021

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Last-minute legal claims brought by deportees due to ‘shambolic’ advice system in detention, lawyers warn – The Independent

‘Last-minute legal claims are being brought by people facing deportation due to the “shambolic” legal advice system in removal centres, lawyers have warned.’

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The Independent, 17th October 2021

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Raab threat to ‘correct’ court judgments is ‘deeply troubling’, warn legal experts – The Independent

‘Legal experts have responded with alarm to suggestions from justice secretary Dominic Raab that he will legislate to “correct” court judgments in human rights cases that go against the government.’

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The Independent, 17th October 2021

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Thousands of potential trafficking victims held in immigration centres, data shows – The Guardian

‘More than 4,500 people have been held in immigration detention in England and Wales before being released into the community and only then identified as potential victims of trafficking, official figures for the past five years show.
Charities claim the figures demonstrate a “detain first, ask later” attitude that runs counter to the fight against modern slavery and suggest others are probably being deported without having been referred for support. They fear the situation will be exacerbated by the nationality and borders bill, which they say makes it harder to identify victims.’

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The Guardian, 18th October 2021

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Disabled woman to take DWP to court over ‘immoral’ automatic benefit deductions – The Guardian

‘A disabled woman is to challenge the Department for Work and Pensions in court over what she calls its “immoral” policy of allowing landlords and utilities companies to automatically make deductions from monthly benefits payments without the claimant’s consent.’

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The Guardian, 15th October 2021

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Trafficking victims should be granted leave to remain in UK, high court rules – The Guardian

‘Thousands of victims of trafficking who have been left to languish in the immigration system for years should be granted leave to remain, the high court has said in a landmark ruling.’

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The Guardian, 12th October 2021

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Blood donation rules changed to attract more donors with rare subgroups – The Guardian

‘Ministers will remove questions on sexual activity in sub-Saharan Africa for blood donations to encourage more donors in England after a long campaign to widen the criteria.’

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The Guardian, 11th October 2021

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UK put on global watchlist for curbing civic freedoms – Each Other

‘A new global watchlist highlighting nations where there is a serious and rapid decline in respect for civic space has named the UK as a country of concern.’

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Each Other, 7th October 2021

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Insight: Sarah Everard’s murder: Home Secretary commissions public inquiry – House of Commons Library

‘Priti Patel has launched a non-statutory inquiry following the sentencing of Sarah Everard’s killer. The chair and terms of reference have yet to be announced.’

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House of Commons Library, 6th October 2021

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Civil liberties groups criticise Priti Patel’s plan to criminalise protest – The Guardian

‘Civil liberties groups have reacted with dismay to Priti Patel’s plan to criminalise protest groups, saying demonstrations are a “core pillar of any healthy democracy”.’

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The Guardian, 5th October 2021

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Regulations and guidance issued on support councils must give domestic abuse victims – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Government has published new regulations and guidance setting out the level of support councils are required to provide to domestic abuse victims who need to escape home.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th October 2021

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Charlie Webster: Coaches’ suspected child abuse must be reported – Daily Telegraph

‘The Government is under mounting pressure to introduce mandatory reporting of suspected child sexual abuse after the broadcaster Charlie Webster was contacted by thousands of people within a week of her documentary into athletics.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd October 2021

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Patel pledges six months in prison or big fines for motorway protesters – The Guardian

‘Protesters disrupting motorways will face up to six months in prison or unlimited fines under plans to stop climate campaigners bringing traffic to a halt, Priti Patel will say this week.’

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The Guardian, 3rd October 2021

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Judge lambasts government lawyers who ignored court rules – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Department of Health and Social Care has been publicly censured by the courts for repeatedly failing to comply with civil procedure rules on disclosure protocol in a case brought by a campaign group.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 1st October 2021

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Home Office resisting calls to let asylum seekers work in the UK – The Guardian

Posted October 1st, 2021 in asylum, employment, government departments, immigration, news, statistics by tracey

‘Priti Patel’s department is resisting growing demands to allow asylum seekers to work following a public intervention from her cabinet colleague Dominic Raab to say that he would be “open-minded’ about the proposal.’

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The Guardian, 30th September 2021

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Consultation for vaccine passports – England – Law & Religion UK

‘Late on 27 September 2021, the Department of Health and Social Care issued the Consultation Proposal for mandatory COVID certification in a Plan B scenario: call for evidence, asking for responses by 11 October, although it encourages stakeholders to submit views as quickly as possible in case there is need to introduce certification, as part of Plan B, at short notice.’

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Law & Religion UK, 28th September 2021

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Government faces legal challenge from pupil with SEN over “unfair” use of PCR testing in schools – Local Government Lawyer

‘The parents of a 15-year-old pupil with special educational needs and disabilities have instructed lawyers to challenge the lawfulness of government guidance to schools on Covid-19 testing, arguing that it should be urgently revised to enable pupils with disabilities to take less intrusive saliva tests.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th September 2021

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“Positive action scheme” bids to improve diversity of Treasury Counsel – Legal Futures

Posted September 27th, 2021 in barristers, diversity, equality, government departments, news by sally

‘A “positive action scheme” for advocates who have the potential to become Treasury Counsel in the future – aimed to address a lack of diversity in their ranks – is to be launched next month.’

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Legal Futures, 27th September 2021

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Conversion therapy delay frustrates campaigners – BBC News

‘A public consultation into a proposed ban on so-called conversion therapy has been delayed by at least a month, until possibly the end of October.’

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BBC News, 25th September 2021

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