Government launches new mediation scheme to help thousands more families avoid costly legal battles – Family Law

‘An extra £5.4 million in funding will help even more families to resolve disputes away from court, such as contact arrangements for children.’

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Family Law, 7th July 2022

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Row over UK child visas as Ukrainian violinist’s three-month wait continues – The Guardian

Posted July 11th, 2022 in asylum, children, government departments, immigration, news, refugees, Russia, Ukraine, visas, war by tracey

‘A talented 17-year-old violinist living on the frontline in south-east Ukraine has been left waiting three months for a British visa, revealing serious flaws in government promises to help unaccompanied children.’

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The Guardian, 10th July 2022

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Warning of ‘tsunami of online child abuse’ as figures show grooming cases rise – The Independent

‘A “tsunami” of online child abuse is taking place in the UK, the NSPCC has said as it published data showing a more than 80% rise in online grooming crimes being recorded by police over the last four years.’

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The Independent, 5th July 2022

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Non-Binary Passports: R (on the application of Elan-Cane) (Appellant) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent) [2021] UKSC 56 – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The Appellant in R (on the application of Elan-Cane) (Appellant) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent) [2021] UKSC 56 was assigned female at birth, however during and after puberty they felt revulsion at their body and underwent surgery in 1989 and 1990 to alleviate those feelings. The Appellant who identifies as non-gendered, is a campaigner for the legal and social recognition of this category. The provision of “X passports” are a focal point of the Appellant’s campaign.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 4th July 2022

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Courts ‘in limbo’ as barristers strike for second week – BBC News

‘Criminal cases in courts across England and Wales face further disruption as barristers enter a second week of strike action. The walkouts began last week in a long-running dispute over pay and conditions.’

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BBC News, 4th July 2022

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Home Office ‘undermining immigration watchdog’s legitimacy’ by failing to implement recommendations – The Independent

Posted July 1st, 2022 in asylum, government departments, immigration, news, ombudsmen, refugees by tracey

‘The Home Office risks undermining the immigration watchdog’s legitimacy by failing to implement its recommendations, an official has said.’

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The Independent, 30th June 2022

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NewsUKHome News Home Office dragged to High Court by Brexit deal watchdog over ‘unlawful’ treatment of EU citizens – The Independent

‘The Home Office is being taken to court by a government-sponsored Brexit watchdog over the “unlawful” treatment of 2.5 million EU citizens in the UK. The High Court has confirmed that the Independent Monitoring Authority for the Citizens’ Rights Agreements (IMA), designed to protect the rights of EU nationals in the UK, has been granted permission to proceed with a judicial review claim against the department.’

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The Independent, 30th June 2022

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Delayed public inquiry into UK’s Covid-19 response opens – The Guardian

Posted June 29th, 2022 in bereavement, coronavirus, delay, families, government departments, inquiries, news by sally

‘The delayed public inquiry into the UK’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic has been launched after Boris Johnson accepted calls to widen the terms of reference to consider its unequal impact on minority-ethnic people, on children and on mental health.’

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The Guardian, 28th June 2022

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Daniella Lock: Three Ways the Bill of Rights Bill Undermines UK Sovereignty – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘The Bill of Rights Bill is framed by the Government as necessary to ensure “meaningful democratic oversight” of human rights protection in the UK, with Conservative MPs keen to present the Bill as a means to restore sovereignty in the face of interfering judges – both at the level of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) and UK courts. However, as this post will argue, the Bill undermines sovereignty and meaningful democratic oversight of rights protection in at least three ways not acknowledged by the Government and the Bill’s supporters. These are in the Bill’s process, presentation and procedures. That is, sovereignty is undermined by, first, the Bill’s process through Parliament, second, its presentation to Parliament by the Government, and third, via the procedures contained in the Bill that facilitate executive interference with judicial scrutiny of human rights protection. As we will see, while the Government purports to be placing parliamentary authority at the centre of UK human rights protection, in reality the executive is seeking more power to manipulate human rights law to its own advantage.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 27th June 2022

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Research Briefing: Northern Ireland Protocol – House of Commons Library

‘Briefings on the Northern Ireland Protocol, including on EU-UK negotiations, Article 16, international law, and information on the UK Government announcement to change the Protocol through the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill.’

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House of Commons Library , 26th June 2022

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Warning new internet laws will hand ministers ‘unprecedented’ powers – The Independent

‘New internet legislation will hand ministers “unprecedented” censorship powers, with significant implications for free speech, new research warns.’

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The Independent, 27th June 2022

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Dramatic fall in successful high court challenges to government policy – The Guardian

‘Successful high court challenges to government policy and decisions by public bodies have fallen dramatically, prompting warnings that ministers’ attacks on lawyers could be having a chilling effect on judges.

The proportion of civil judicial reviews in England and Wales, excluding immigration cases, which claimants won out of total claims lodged fell by 50% on 2020, according to analysis seen by the Guardian. The figure is 26% if the success rate is measured out of cases that went to a final hearing.’

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The Guardian, 23rd June 2022

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Windrush: only one in four applicants have received compensation – The Guardian

‘Only one in four applicants to the Windrush compensation scheme have received payments four years after the government promised redress for those wrongly classified by the Home Office as illegal immigrants.’

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The Guardian, 22nd June 2022

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Upcoming Data Reform Bill “to give Parliament and Government greater oversight” of Information Commissioner’s Office – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 22nd, 2022 in bills, data protection, government departments, news, ombudsmen, parliament by sally

‘The Government has set out plans to reform the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) that will give Parliament and the Secretary of State greater oversight of the data regulator and broaden the legal responsibility underpinning its work.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 21st June 2022

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British Army veteran ‘living in fear’ as he fights deportation threat after 20 years living in UK – The Independent

‘ British Army veteran who has spent more than 20 years living in the UK is “living in fear each and every second” due to the threat of deportation to Zimbabwe.’

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The Independent, 20th June 2022

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GPS tagging of migrants appears to contradict Home Office guidance – The Guardian

‘The Home Office appears to have contradicted its own guidance on GPS tagging, which prioritised “very high harm offenders”, after it announced the devices would be used on asylum seekers arriving in the UK.’

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The Guardian, 19th June 2022

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Government retracts ‘unlawful’ pollution guidance for England’s farms – The Guardian

‘Guidance that would have allowed farmers to spread manures and slurry on land in a way that would overload it with nutrients and risk pollution of rivers, lakes and coastal waters has been changed by Defra, after a challenge over its lawfulness.’

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The Guardian , 20th June 2022

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Residents threaten judicial review over Home Office decision to abandon recommended emergency evacuation plans for disabled people – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Home Office is facing a judicial review over its decision to ignore a Grenfell Tower inquiry’s recommendation to implement personal emergency evacuation plans for disabled people.’

Society fails women by not believing rape victims, campaigner says – The Independent

‘Society must stop “failing” women by assuming rape victims are lying, a campaigner who helped shape the Government’s landmark review of serious sexual offences has said.’

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The Independent, 15th June 2022

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UK data protection reforms announcement imminent – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 15th, 2022 in bills, brexit, data protection, EC law, government departments, news by sally

‘The UK government has said it expects to outline its plans for reform to data protection law this month.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 14th June 2022

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