Hips delayed until August – The Guardian

Posted May 22nd, 2007 in home information packs, news by sally

“The government said today it would delay the introduction of controversial home information packs until August, following a last-minute legal challenge by critics of the legislation.”

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The Guardian, 22nd May 2007

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‘Unfair’ bank charges left me penniless, barrister tells court – The Independent

Posted May 22nd, 2007 in banking, news by sally

“A bank customer was so denuded of money by ‘disproportionate and unfair’ charges that he was left penniless on his 30th birthday, a court heard yesterday.”

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The Independent, 22nd May 2007

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High Court delays casino decision – Reuters

Posted May 22nd, 2007 in gambling, news by sally

“The high court delayed a decision on Monday which could cast further doubt over government plans to build a new wave of Las Vegas-style casinos.”

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Reuters, 22nd May 2007

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Health Department ‘broke law over doctors’ job test scores’ – The Times

Posted May 22nd, 2007 in data protection, doctors, news by sally

“The Department of Health has breached the Data Protection Act by refusing to reveal to junior doctors the scores they achieved in the failed Medical Training Application System (MTAS).”

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The Times, 22nd May 2007

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Push towards pay-as-you-go roads – BBC News

Posted May 22nd, 2007 in news, roads by sally

“The government is pushing ahead with plans to introduce road pricing schemes in England and Wales despite a huge public campaign against them.” 

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BBC News, 22nd May 2007

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A legal system we can’t afford – The Times

Posted May 22nd, 2007 in costs, news by sally

“Litigation in England costs between three and ten times more than similar cases in Germany and the Netherlands.”

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The Times, 22nd May 2007

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Rulings weaken control orders – BBC

Posted May 22nd, 2007 in control orders, news, terrorism by traceydennis

“Recent court orders mean there is “inevitably” more risk that suspects under control orders will re-engage in terrorism or abscond, John Reid says.”

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BBC, 21st May 2007

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Prince wins battle to keep journals secret – The Times

Posted May 22nd, 2007 in news, privacy by traceydennis

“The true feelings of the Prince of Wales about the countries that he is sent to visit will remain secret after a judge said a newspaper should return seven of his travel journals.”

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The Times, 22nd May 2007

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No smoke without fire – The Lawyer

Posted May 22nd, 2007 in human rights, news, smoking by traceydennis

“The smoking ban may stop claims over second-hand smoke, but will the smokers themselves start claiming it’s all too unfair?”

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The Lawyer, 21st May 2007

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Legal ruling fails to end court battles over bank charges – Financial Times

Posted May 21st, 2007 in banking, news by sally

“This morning, Tom Brennan, a recently qualified barrister, will be back in court, fighting the latest round in the increasingly high-profile legal battle between banks and their customers over overdraft charges.”

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Financial Times, 21st May 2007

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Lords bid to halt Hips – The Guardian

Posted May 21st, 2007 in home information packs, news by sally

“A last-ditch attempt to halt the introduction of Home Information Packs (Hips) will take place in the House of Lords tomorrow.”

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The Guardian, 21st May 2007

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Plan to identify potential violent offenders condemned – The Guardian

Posted May 21st, 2007 in crime prevention, data protection, news by sally

“Council staff, charity workers and doctors will be obliged to tip off police about anyone they believe might commit a violent crime, under a Home Office plan revealed in a leaked document today.”

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The Guardian, 21st May 2007

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Lords face full election under Brown plans – The Guardian

Posted May 21st, 2007 in elections, news, parliament by sally

“Gordon Brown is to unveil plans for a fully elected second chamber, based on proportional representation, the Guardian has learned. Mr Brown is likely to face strong opposition from members of the current House of Lords. In an effort to neutralise this, he will bring forward his proposals as part of a larger package of wide constitutional reform, based on a national consultation.”

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The Guardian, 21st May 2007

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Banker’s inquest to throw spotlight on controversial US extradition deal – The Guardian

Posted May 21st, 2007 in extradition, news by sally

“The inquest this week into the death of a NatWest banker found hanged near his home in Woodford Green, north-east London, is likely to refocus attention on the issue of extradition of British citizens to the United States. The dead man was a colleague of the so-called NatWest Three, who were controversially extradited to the US last year to stand trial on fraud charges.”

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The Guardian, 21st May 2007

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Freedom of information ‘needs restraints’ – The Times

Posted May 21st, 2007 in freedom of information, news, parliament by sally

“A crackdown on those who abuse the Freedom of Information Act will begin this week as the row intensifies over whether MPs should be exempt from the law.”

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The Times, 21st May 2007

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MPs vote themselves exemption from freedom of information law – The Independent

Posted May 21st, 2007 in freedom of information, news, parliament by sally

“Britain’s fledgling open government laws were delivered a serious blow yesterday when MPs, backed by government ministers, voted to grant themselves a blanket exemption from the legislation. The move was roundly condemned by freedom of information campaigners and MPs opposed to the measure, who said it represented an attack on democracy.”

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The Independent, 19th May 2007

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Cost of prisoners underestimated by third – Reuters

Posted May 21st, 2007 in news, prisons by sally

“The financial cost to the country of imprisonment has been underestimated by a third, a report said on Monday.”

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Reuters, 21st May 2007

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Related link: Poverty and disadvantage among prisoners’ families (PDF)

Lords defeat expected over home information packs – The Guardian

Posted May 21st, 2007 in home information packs, news by sally

“Ministers are facing fresh turmoil over the introduction of home information packs for house sellers, amid indications that Tory and Lib Dem peers will lead a successful revolt against the measure next Tuesday in the Lords.”

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The Guardian, 19th May 2007

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Crime boss must pay £4.7m costs – BBC News

Posted May 21st, 2007 in legal aid, news by sally

“Jailed crime boss Terry Adams has been ordered to pay back nearly £5m in legal aid he was awarded to defend himself.” 

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BBC News, 18th May 2007

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Toddler goading sentences to stay – BBC News

Posted May 21st, 2007 in child abuse, news, sentencing by sally

“The Attorney General has said the sentencing of four women who filmed two toddlers fighting will not be referred to the Court of Appeal.” 

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BBC News, 18th May 2007

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