Home Office to pay damages for detention of immigrant claimant – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted June 18th, 2018 in detention, false imprisonment, government departments, immigration, news by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has upheld an award of damages for false imprisonment in the context of immigration detention. The Court found that an unlawful curfew which required residence at a specific address between specific hours each day and which was backed by the threat of criminal sanctions and electronic tagging gave rise to the tort of false imprisonment.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 18th June 2018

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Call for greater oversight of recommendations of public inquiries – BBC News

Posted May 23rd, 2018 in government departments, inquiries, news by tracey

‘Ministers must do more to demonstrate they are acting on the recommendations of public inquiries, a new report says. The National Audit Office said it was “not always clear” to the public whether inquiries were having their intended impact as there was no central body for tracking their progress. Of the inquiries it examined which had made recommendations since 2005, it estimated 45% of these were accepted.’

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BBC News, 23rd May 2018

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‘It’s destroyed my life’: Windrush victim recognised as legal citizen after 13 years – The Guardian

Posted May 11th, 2018 in citizenship, colonies, government departments, immigration, news by sally

‘In a rare insight into the workings of Lunar House immigration HQ, Hubert Howard recounts how he lost his job and was denied benefits after the Home Office said he was an illegal migrant.’

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The Guardian, 10th May 2018

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Child slavery victim sues Home Office after sexual assault at Morton Hall – The Guardian

‘A Vietnamese victim of child slavery has launched legal proceedings against the government after he was sexually assaulted at Morton Hall immigration removal centre, the Guardian can reveal.’

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The Guardian, 7th May 2018

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Windrush scandal: Tories vote to block release of secret documents as they launch review – The Independent

‘The Conservatives have blocked attempts to force the government to release internal documents relating to the Windrush scandal. The House of Commons voted down the proposal after the Tories ordered their MPs to oppose it. Labour had tried to use an archaic parliamentary procedure to force the government to hand over the files, which they said would reveal how much ministers knew about the problems facing Windrush generation immigrants.’

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The Independent, 2nd May 2018

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Home Office agencies at heart of Windrush scandal rife with discrimination and harassment, employees say – The Independent

‘The government immigration agencies at the centre of the Windrush scandal are “rife” with discrimination and harassment, a survey of their own employees reveals.
Official documents show staff at Border Force reporting high levels of discrimination, with almost one in four (23 per cent) saying they had experienced it.’

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The Independent, 23rd April 2018

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Groundhog Day for air pollution breaches: Government loses again – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 23rd, 2018 in environmental protection, government departments, news, pollution by tracey

‘R (ClientEarth No.3) v Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Garnham J, 21 February 2018. DEFRA has been found wanting again, in its latest attempt to address nitrogen dioxide in air. This is the third time. Yet DEFRA’s own analysis suggests that some 23,500 people die every year because of this pollutant.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 23rd February 2017

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Ministers to investigate aid sex scandal ‘cover-up’ amid claims officials ‘brushed off’ child abuse allegations – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 12th, 2018 in charities, child abuse, government departments, news, prostitution, sexual offences by tracey

‘Ministers have launched an investigation into claims that foreign aid officials brushed off allegations of child abuse committed by aid workers.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th February 2018

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Green light given to judicial review of accountable care organisations in NHS – Local Government Lawyer

‘Campaigners including scientist Professor Stephen Hawking have won permission from the High Court to challenge the government’s planned creation of accountable care organisations (ACO) in the NHS.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 1st February 2108

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‘Serious failing’: inquiry to scrutinise Toby Young’s OfS appointment – The Guardian

Posted January 12th, 2018 in education, government departments, inquiries, news, universities by tracey

‘An inquiry has been launched into the “serious failing” of appointing Toby Young to the board of the Office for Students without studying his long history of incendiary comments, the commissioner for public appointments has said.’

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The Guardian, 11th January 2018

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Home Office review over harassment at abortion clinics – BBC News

‘New laws could be introduced to protect women from harassment outside abortion clinics, the Home Office has said.’

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BBC News, 26th November 2017

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Sir Brian Leveson asked to advise ministers on second press inquiry – The Guardian

Posted November 24th, 2017 in consultations, government departments, inquiries, media, news by tracey

‘Sir Brian Leveson has been asked to advise ministers on holding the second part of a public inquiry into the British press and is reviewing submissions made by newspapers on future regulation of the sector.’

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The Guardian, 23rd November 2017

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Home Office faces High Court hearing over policy on rough sleeping EEA nationals – Local Government Lawyer

‘The High Court is today [21 November] set to begin hearing a judicial review challenge to the Home Office’s policy towards rough sleeping EEA nationals.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 21st November 2017

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‘Violent’ Somali criminal wins £80k payout for being unlawfully detained for 445 days – Daily Telegraph

‘A “prolific and violent offender” has won £78,500 damages from the Home Office for being unlawfully detained.’

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Daily Telegraph, 10th November 2017

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CCTV to be made compulsory in all animal slaughterhouses, Government announces – The Independent

‘CCTV will be made compulsory in all animal slaughterhouses under new government plans announced today. Michael Gove, the Environment Secretary, said that, from next spring, all abattoirs where live animals are present will be forced to install cameras in an attempt to clamp down on mistreatment.’

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The Independent, 12th November 2017

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Child support legal loophole is closed – The Guardian

Posted October 30th, 2017 in child support, families, government departments, legislation, news by sally

‘Parents will no longer be able to use a legal loophole to dodge paying child maintenance under new rules to be rolled out within months.’

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The Guardian, 29th October 2017

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Working Together to Safeguard Children: changes to statutory guidance – Department for Education

Posted October 27th, 2017 in children, consultations, education, government departments, news, regulations by sally

‘This consultation seeks views on significant revisions to ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ – the statutory guidance which sets out what is expected of organisations, individually and jointly, to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. These revisions are being made largely to reflect the legislative changes introduced through the Children and Social Work Act 2017.’

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Department for Education, 25th October 2017

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What’s in a Word? Home Office Lose Torture Definition Case – RightsInfo

‘Last week, the Home Office lost a case over its controversial definition of “torture,” which the High Court ruled was unlawful.’

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RightsInfo, 16th October 2017

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Carrying acid in public could lead to six months in jail – BBC News

‘People caught twice carrying acid in public should receive a mandatory six-month prison sentence, the Home Office has proposed.’

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BBC News, 14th October 2017

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Home Office treated couple living legally in UK ‘like criminals’ – The Guardian

Posted October 12th, 2017 in appeals, deportation, government departments, immigration, news by sally

‘A Spanish woman who has lived in the UK for 15 years has accused the Home Office of treating her family like criminals after her American husband and the father of her three children applied for a permanent residency (PR) card.’

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The Guardian, 11th October 2017

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