Equalities watchdog to hold inquiry into methods of challenging decisions about adult social care – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has launched an inquiry that will consider the effectiveness of existing methods of challenging local authority decisions about individuals’ entitlements to adult social care or support in England and Wales, including – but not limited to – complaints to local authorities and Ombuds, and judicial review.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th July 2021

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Police and CPS in rape case blame game – report – BBC News

‘Police and the Crown Prosecution Service are involved in a blame game over a drop in rape prosecutions, a watchdogs’ report has said.’

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BBC News, 16th July 2021

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Family of murdered sisters considering suing Met police – The Guardian

‘The family of two sisters whose killer was this week convicted of their murders are considering suing the police over alleged failures to act when they were reported missing.’

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The Guardian, 7th July 2021

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‘Staggeringly high’ number of people with autism on UK Prevent scheme – The Guardian

Posted July 7th, 2021 in autism, news, ombudsmen, statistics, terrorism, young offenders by sally

‘A “staggeringly high” number of people with autism are referred to the government’s anti-radicalisation Prevent programme, a terror laws watchdog will say, calling for discussion about terrorism cases in which the disability features.’

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The Guardian, 7th July 2021

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Brewdog Instagram ad banned for misleading health claims – BBC News

Posted July 7th, 2021 in advertising, complaints, health, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘The advertising watchdog, the ASA, has banned an advert by controversial brewer Brewdog for misleading claims.’

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BBC News, 6th July 2021

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Manchester Arena Inquiry: Ex-GMP officer investigated over evidence By Daniel De Simone – BBC News

‘A former Greater Manchester Police officer is being investigated by a watchdog over his evidence at a public inquiry into the Manchester Arena bomb.’

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BBC News, 5th July 2021

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Three Metropolitan Police officers face gross misconduct inquiry over Bianca Williams search – The Independent

‘Three of the six police officers who stopped, searched and handcuffed athlete Bianca Williams and her partner are under investigation for gross misconduct.’

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The Independent, 2nd July 2021

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Housing Ombudsman reaches 350 decisions on complaints against landlords in first three months – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 30th, 2021 in complaints, housing, landlord & tenant, local government, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘The Housing Ombudsman has published details of more than 350 individual decisions to its online casebook on complaints made against landlords since the database’s conception in March this year.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 30th June 2021

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Nationalising probation service not enough to fix flaws, warns watchdog – The Guardian

‘Renationalising the management of offenders in the community will not be enough to put right the flaws of disastrous privatisation reforms introduced by the former Conservative minister Chris Grayling, the probation watchdog has warned.’

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The Guardian, 28th June 2021

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NHS worker shot with stun gun in front of son to sue police after IOPC verdict – The Guardian

Posted June 25th, 2021 in children, damages, families, firearms, news, ombudsmen, police, professional conduct by tracey

‘A black NHS worker who was shot with a stun gun seven times in front of his child by Greater Manchester police officers is to push ahead with a damages claim against the force, lawyers have said.’

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The Guardian, 24th June 2021

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Watchdog takes aim at Google and Amazon over fake reviews – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 25th, 2021 in consumer protection, deceit, internet, news, ombudsmen by tracey

‘Competition officials are to examine whether people and businesses have been able to post fake reviews online with too much impunity. The Competition and Markets Authority has opened a formal investigation into whether Amazon and Google have done enough to crack down on the practice.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th June 2021

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Three in four domestic abuse cases end without charge in England and Wales – The Guardian

‘Three in four domestic abuse offences reported to the police are closed without a perpetrator being charged, a watchdog has said, amid fears the figures have worsened during the pandemic.’

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The Guardian, 23rd June 2021

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Ombudsman criticises London borough over failures as corporate parent to former looked-after child who alleged abuse – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has said the London Borough of Lewisham exposed a former looked after child to “significant harm” after it failed to address her claims of abuse while in foster care properly.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 22nd June 2021

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Leasehold campaigners hail ‘landmark’ changes – BBC News

Posted June 23rd, 2021 in housing, leases, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘Two big players in the leasehold sector have agreed to change the way they operate, following an investigation by the competition watchdog.’

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BBC News, 23rd June 2021

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Electoral Commission to be stripped of power to prosecute after probe into Boris Johnson’s flat makeover – The Independent

Posted June 21st, 2021 in bills, government departments, news, ombudsmen by tracey

‘Boris Johnson is to strip the Electoral Commission of the power to prosecute law-breaking, just weeks after it launched an investigation into his controversial flat refurbishment.’

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The Independent, 19th June 2021

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Investigation of organisations using live facial recognition technology in public spaces found none compliant with data protection law: ICO – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 18th, 2021 in data protection, facial mapping, local government, news, ombudsmen, privacy by tracey

‘An investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) published today (17 June) found that out of a group of organisations using live facial recognition (LFR) technology in public spaces, none were fully compliant with data protection law requirements.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 18th June 2021

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UK regulator warns Google about accepting scam adverts – The Guardian

Posted June 16th, 2021 in advertising, consumer protection, fraud, internet, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘The City regulator has warned it will take legal action against Google and social media companies if they continue to accept advertisements for online financial scams that have flourished during the pandemic.’

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The Guardian, 14th June 2021

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Windrush victim wrongly threatened with forced return to Jamaica in final years, report finds – The Guardian

‘The Home Office made repeated errors that caused a man who had lived in the UK for more than 50 years to be classified as an illegal immigrant and threatened with arrest, prison and forcible removal, the parliamentary ombudsman has found.’

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The Guardian, 8th June 2021

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HS2 dishonest over compensation claim, says report – BBC News

Posted May 27th, 2021 in compensation, complaints, compulsory purchase, news, ombudsmen, railways by tracey

‘The firm behind HS2 was “dishonest and misleading” in its handling of a compensation claim from a member of the public who had to sell their home to make way for the line, a report claims.’

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BBC News, 27th May 2021

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‘Time to buy’ bitcoin adverts banned in UK for being irresponsible – The Guardian

Posted May 26th, 2021 in advertising, banking, complaints, cryptocurrencies, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘An ad campaign telling the public that “it’s time to buy” bitcoin has been banned after the advertising watchdog ruled that it was irresponsible and misleading.’

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The Guardian, 26th May 2021

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