Prince Harry wins bid to challenge security decisions – BBC News

Posted July 22nd, 2022 in government departments, judicial review, news, royal family by tracey

‘The Duke of Sussex has been granted permission to bring a High Court challenge against the Home Office over his security arrangements in the UK.’

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BBC News, 22nd July 2022

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‘Damning’ report slams ‘poor’ Home Office response to Channel crossings – The Independent

Posted July 22nd, 2022 in government departments, immigration, news, reports by tracey

‘The Home Office response to the surge in Channel crossings is “poor” and the “system is overwhelmed”, according to a watchdog. Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration David Neal found that problems arose mainly due to a “refusal” by the Government department to move from an “emergency response to what has rapidly become steady state, or business as usual”.’

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The Independent, 21st July 2022

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New Judgment: HA (Iraq) (Respondent) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Appellant) RA (Iraq) (Respondent) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Appellant) AA (Nigeria) (Respondent) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Appellant) [2022] UKSC 22 – UKSC Blog

‘These three conjoined appeals concern the statutory regime governing the deportation of foreign criminals under section 117C of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 (“the 2002 Act”). A “foreign criminal” for the purposes of these appeals is a person who is not a British citizen, is convicted in the UK of an offence, and who is sentenced to a period of imprisonment of at least 12 months. The 2002 Act divides foreign criminals who have been sentenced to terms of imprisonment into two categories. Those sentenced to at least 12 months, but less than four years (“medium offenders”), can avoid deportation if they can establish that its effect on a qualifying child or partner would be “unduly harsh” (“the unduly harsh test”). This is known as Exception 2. Exception 1, which relates to length of lawful residence and integration, is not in issue in this appeal. Those sentenced to at least four years (“serious offenders”) can avoid deportation if they establish that there are “very compelling circumstances, over and above those described in Exceptions 1 and 2” (“the very compelling circumstances test”). Whether deportation would produce unduly harsh effects for a qualifying partner/child is relevant there too.’

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UKSC Blog, 20th July 2022

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UK Data Protection and Digital Information Bill: in detail – OUT-LAW.com

‘New data protection laws proposed by the UK government are intended to promote data-driven innovation and reduce some of the burdens organisations have come to associate with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).’

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OUT-LAW.com, 20th July 2022

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Court orders UK government to explain how net zero policies will reach targets – The Guardian

‘The high court has ordered the government to outline exactly how its net zero policies will achieve emissions targets, after a legal challenge from environmental groups.’

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The Guardian, 18th July 2022

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New Problem-Solving Courts to combat drug and alcohol-fuelled crime – Ministry of Justice

‘Ground-breaking new courts will direct drug and alcohol abusers to tackle their addiction head-on or face tough consequences.’

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Ministry of Justice, 17th July 2022

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New guidance will ensure all forms of domestic abuse are recognised – Family Law

‘New statutory guidance on identifying and responding to domestic abuse and its impact on victims has been published on 8 July 2022, by the Home Office.’

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Family Law, 14th July 2022

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Court blocks bid to issue 3,500 cases on just one claim form – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The High Court has blocked a firm’s latest attempt to issue multiple different claims through the same claim form.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 15th July 2022

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UK’s ‘quick-fix’ asylum policies criticised in damning MPs’ report – The Guardian

‘Headline grabbing policies such as sending asylum seekers to Rwanda to have their claims processed are failing to halt Channel crossings, which could double by the end of this year, according to a parliamentary report. The home affairs select committee has published a damning and wide ranging report into the failures of Home Office asylum policies, including stopping refugees from crossing the Channel in small boats.’

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The Guardian, 18th July 2022

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Crown Censure issued after death of Royal Marine recruit published 2 days ago – BBC News

Posted July 18th, 2022 in armed forces, government departments, health & safety, news by tracey

‘The Ministry of Defence has been issued a Crown Censure after a 20-year-old marine recruit died during exercise.’

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BBC News, 18th July 2022

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Thousands of offenders in work as UK businesses help break cycle of crime – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 15th, 2022 in employment, government departments, news, prisons, recidivists, rehabilitation by tracey

‘Almost 4,000 ex-offenders have been helped into work since the launch of a major drive to increase employment and cut crime.’

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Ministry of Justice, 15th July 2022

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Legislation to counter state threats – Home Office

‘This is the government’s response to the Legislation to Counter State Threats (Hostile State Activity) public consultation.’

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Home Office, 12th July 2022

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Mo Farah: What would happen to a trafficked child in the UK today? – The Independent

‘Sir Mo Farah’s decision to reveal that he was a victim of human trafficking as a child has sparked questions over how he would be treated if he arrived in the UK today.’

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The Independent, 12th July 2022

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Home Office grants baby stranded in Jamaica leave to come to UK – The Guardian

Posted July 13th, 2022 in children, families, government departments, immigration, Jamaica, news, visas by tracey

‘A British resident stranded in Jamaica with her baby, who was told by the Home Office the boy could not come to the UK because he had an “established life” on the Caribbean island, has now been told by the Home Office that she can bring him, after the Guardian exposed the family’s plight.’

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The Guardian, 12th July 2022

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UK government asks Supreme Court to dismiss indyref2 case – BBC News

‘The UK government has urged judges to dismiss the Scottish government’s request for a ruling on whether it has the power to hold indyref2.’

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BBC News, 13th July 2022

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Judicial review of government handling of pension scheme gets green light – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 12th, 2022 in fire services, government departments, judicial review, news, trade unions by tracey

‘Permission has been granted to the Fire Brigades Union (and others) to challenge the Government’s reduction in the value of new pension schemes for firefighters.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 8th July 2022

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Woman who gave birth in Jamaica stranded after baby refused entry to UK – The Guardian

Posted July 12th, 2022 in children, government departments, immigration, Jamaica, news, pregnancy by tracey

‘A British resident who is stranded in Jamaica with her baby has been told by the Home Office the child cannot come to the UK because he has an “established life” on the Caribbean island.’

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The Guardian, 11th July 2022

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Data watchdog reprimands government over pandemic WhatsApp use – BBC News

‘The Department of Health has been reprimanded over ministers’ and officials’ use of messaging apps and private email during the pandemic.’

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BBC News, 11th July 2022

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Campaigners take legal action over failings of England’s food strategy – The Guardian

Posted July 12th, 2022 in climate change, food, government departments, judicial review, news by tracey

‘Food campaigners are taking legal action against the government for failing to support the transition to a low-carbon diet by encouraging people to eat less meat.’

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The Guardian, 11th July 2022

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Sir Mark Rowley announced as Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police – Home Office

Posted July 11th, 2022 in government departments, London, news, police by tracey

‘Home Secretary Priti Patel has confirmed the appointment of Sir Mark Rowley to lead the UK’s largest police force.’

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Home Office, 8th July 2022

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