Minister apologises for error in military punishment laws that went undetected for 14 years – The Independent

Posted August 11th, 2023 in armed forces, disciplinary procedures, government departments, news by tracey

‘Thousands of punishments were imposed on military personnel over a 14-year period under laws incorrectly signed off, according to the Government.’

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The Independent, 11th August 2023

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Taskforce to pursue lawyers who ‘coach’ clients to lie on UK asylum applications – The Guardian

‘Lawyers who “coach” people to lie in their asylum applications will be targeted as part of a new government-led panel tasked with pursuing more prosecutions.’

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The Guardian, 8th August 2023

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Government publishes Law Commission implementation report – Law Commission

‘The Government has recently published its regular report on the implementation of Law Commission proposals from January 2018 to January 2023.’

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Law Commission, 4th August 2023

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Fines to rise sharply for illegal housing or employment of asylum seekers in UK – The Guardian

‘People who allow asylum seekers to work for them or rent their properties in breach of the law will face significantly increased fines from next year, as ministers attempt to reduce “pull factors” for people making small boat crossings.’

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The Guardian. 7th August 2023

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Jail for van driver who smuggled children as young as one – Home Office

‘A British man who tried to smuggle migrant children as young as 1 into the UK by hiding them behind boxes in his van has been jailed for 4 years.’

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Home Office, 28th July 2023

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British academic asks Foreign Office for formal apology over failure to spot torture during his detention in UAE – The Independent

‘The Foreign Office failed to notice signs of torture and provide help to a British academic during his detention in the United Arab Emirates, a watchdog has found.’

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The Independent, 4th August 2023

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Home Office breached statutory duty to ensure provision of adequate accommodation for pregnant asylum seeker and children – Garden Court Chambers

‘The Claimant was a destitute asylum-seeker who was heavily pregnant and the mother of three young children.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 31st July 2023

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Product safety laws to be changed to better protect online shoppers – The Guardian

‘The UK’s product safety regime is to be overhauled to provide better protection for the public and make it “fit for the digital age”, ministers have announced.’

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The Guardian, 2nd August 2023

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Article 31 and inadmissibility under Part 4A Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 – EIN Blog

Posted August 1st, 2023 in asylum, deportation, government departments, human rights, news, refugees, treaties by sally

‘Many practitioners will be aware that the Secretary of State for the Home Department’s (“SSHD”) “Rwanda plan” met with the Court of Appeal’s disapproval recently in a majority decision in AAA (Syria) & Ors, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2023] EWCA Civ 266 (on appeal from the High Court: AAA v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Rwanda) [2022] EWHC 3230). The Court found that any attempt to remove refugees to Rwanda whose claims the SSHD adjudged to be inadmissible would breach the non-refoulment provisions of Article 33 of the 1951 Refugee Convention (“RC”) and thereby also Article 3 of the 1950 European Convention of Human Rights (“ECHR”).’

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EIN Blog, 31st July 2023

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Jail for van driver who smuggled children as young as one – Home Offfice

‘A British man who tried to smuggle migrant children as young as 1 into the UK by hiding them behind boxes in his van has been jailed for 4 years.’

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Home Office, 28th July 2023

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Home Office ordered to change rules that restrict help for trafficking victims – The Guardian

‘A high court judge has ordered the home secretary to change a key part of a trafficking policy introduced just months ago.’

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The Guardian, 26th July 2023

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Covid, the Cabinet and a tussle over disclosure: R (Cabinet Office) v The Chair of the UK Covid-19 Inquiry – UK Human Rights Blog

‘In a decision that may come as little surprise to those working in the fields of inquiries and public law, the Divisional Court consisting of Dingemans LJ and Garnham J dismissed the Cabinet Office’s application for judicial review of a notice issued by Baroness Hallett, the Chair of the UK Covid-19 Inquiry (“the Inquiry”) requesting the production of WhatsApp messages.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 26th July 2023

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Sunak “undermining trust in lawyers”, says Bar Council – Legal Futures

‘The Bar Council has accused Prime Minister Rishi Sunak of undermining trust in the profession by claiming that a “subset of lawyers” are exploiting illegal migrants for profit.’

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Legal Futures, 26th July 2023

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Infected blood scandal: Bereaved relatives in government compensation plea – BBC News

‘The son of a man who died after he was given infected blood is among those handing in a letter to the government calling for wider compensation.’

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BBC News, 25th July 2023

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Suella Braverman broke law by denying asylum seekers £3 a week, judge rules – The Guardian

Posted July 25th, 2023 in asylum, children, food, government departments, news, pregnancy by sally

‘The home secretary acted unlawfully in failing to provide basic support to asylum seekers, including young children and pregnant women, a judge has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 24th July 2023

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Abramovich ally begins high court challenge against UK sanctions – The Guardian

‘Eugene Shvidler, a longtime ally of the billionaire Roman Abramovich, has accused the UK government of “oppressive treatment” as he launched a legal challenge against sanctions imposed upon him after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.’

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The Guardian, 20th July 2023

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Ruling gives clarity on assessing cumulative carbon emissions from infrastructure development – OUT-LAW.com

‘The courts in the UK should not be drawn into considering policy when examining if climate decision-making has been lawful, a High Court judge has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 19th July 2023

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Lobbying rules to be tightened in long-awaited response to Greensill scandal – The Guardian

Posted July 21st, 2023 in disclosure, government departments, lobbying, news, parliament by tracey

‘Lobbying rules will be toughened up across Whitehall in a long-awaited response by ministers to issues raised by the Greensill scandal, the Guardian has learned.’

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The Guardian, 20th July 2023

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Terror attack survivors condemn compensation body – BBC News

‘Survivors of terror attacks in the UK have described the government’s compensation scheme as “broken” in a new report.’

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BBC News, 17th July 2023

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Loophole lets farmers pollute England’s rivers with excess manure – report – The Guardian

‘A loophole in pollution legislation allows farmers to pollute rivers by spreading excess manure, an investigation has found, with those acting unlawfully not facing any action in most cases.’

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The Guardian, 13th July 2023

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