Ex-offenders face bleak future after reforms fail, report says – The Guardian

Posted April 17th, 2018 in charities, contracting out, news, probation, reports, volunteers by tracey

‘Ex-offenders trying to turn their lives around face a bleak future, a probation inspector has warned, as ambitious government plans to boost the role of charities and volunteers in the probation service have failed to materialise.’

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The Guardian, 17th April 2018

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‘Paedophile hunter’ evidence used to charge 150 suspects – BBC News

Posted April 10th, 2018 in evidence, news, private investigators, volunteers by tracey

‘Evidence from so-called paedophile hunter groups was used to charge suspects at least 150 times last year, a BBC investigation has found. A Freedom of Information request, sent to every police force in England and Wales, showed a seven-fold increase in the use of such evidence from 2015.’

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BBC News, 10th April 2018

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Government sends warning letters to 550 companies amid crackdown on unpaid internships – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 9th, 2018 in employment, enforcement, news, remuneration, volunteers by tracey

‘A Government crackdown on unpaid internships was launched last night as warning letters were sent to 550 businesses threatening action unless they review their practices.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th February 2018

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Former prostitutes to sue the Government as criminal records stop them volunteering with Brownie groups – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 16th, 2018 in children, criminal records, employment, news, prostitution, volunteers by sally

‘Former prostitutes are set to sue the Government over criminal records checks which stop them volunteering with Brownie groups.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th January 2018

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Council loses appeal over voluntarily-worked overtime and holiday pay – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 3rd, 2017 in employment tribunals, holiday pay, news, volunteers, working time by tracey

‘Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council has lost a case at the Employment Appeal Tribunal over how voluntarily-worked overtime is treated in the calculation of holiday pay.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 3rd August 2017

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Local government: cuts to library provision – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 16th, 2017 in budgets, children, documents, equality, libraries, local government, news, volunteers by sally

‘When local authorities plan to reduce, restructure or rationalise library services, litigation often results.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 16th January 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Unpaid internships reform plan blocked in Commons – BBC News

Posted November 7th, 2016 in bills, minimum wage, news, remuneration, volunteers by sally

‘Reforms aimed at banning unpaid internships have been blocked after Tory backbenchers and the government spoke against the proposals in the Commons.’

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BBC News, 4th November 2016

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Theresa May to give volunteers special powers to help fight crime – The Independent

Posted January 21st, 2016 in news, police, volunteers by sally

Civilian volunteers with specialist skills are going to be given “police-style powers” to create a more “flexible workforce”, the government has announced.

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The Independent, 20th January 2016

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Police volunteers and staff powers consultation launched – Home Office

Posted September 10th, 2015 in consultations, police, press releases, volunteers by tracey

‘Home Secretary announces proposals for extra powers for police staff and volunteers.’

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Home Office, 9th September 2015

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

No Duty of Care Owed to Extremely Reckless Friend Using Dangerous Machinery: Ford v Silverstone (2015) (QBD) – Zenith PI Blog

Posted February 6th, 2015 in accidents, duty of care, news, personal injuries, volunteers by sally

‘A Defendant did not owe a duty of care to a Claimant who, while helping him clear the grounds of the property, had of his own accord, attempted to unblock a wood chipper while the engine was on and lost three of his fingers.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 5th February 2015

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Good Samaritan Law – BBC Unreliable Evidence

Posted January 15th, 2015 in crime, doctors, duty of care, homicide, negligence, news, nurses, volunteers by sally

‘Clive Anderson and guests ask why Britain, unlike many other countries in the world, has no general law which requires people to behave like good Samaritans, punishing those who fail to help others in trouble.’

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BBC Unreliable Evidence, 14th January 2015

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

New laws to support Good Samaritans move forward – Ministry of Justice

Posted October 22nd, 2014 in bills, employment, insurance, news, volunteers by sally

‘Law changes designed to support Good Samaritans and community heroes yesterday moved a step forward.’

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Ministry of Justice, 21st October 2014

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Queen’s Speech: Good deeds ‘to be backed by law’ – BBC News

Posted June 2nd, 2014 in health & safety, negligence, news, personal injuries, volunteers by sally

‘Extra legal protection is to be given to people carrying out good deeds, volunteering or planning local events who end up being involved in liability claims, the government has announced.’

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BBC News, 2nd June 2014

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Unpaid intern who sued Sony awarded £4,600

Posted September 3rd, 2013 in employment, minimum wage, news, volunteers by sally

“An intern at Sony has reached a £4,600 settlement with the company after suing for unpaid wages.”

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The Independent, 2nd September 2013

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Student solicitors step into the breach – The Guardian

Posted April 9th, 2013 in budgets, legal aid, news, pro bono work, universities, volunteers by sally

“Following dramatic cuts to legal aid, universities are seeing increased demand for their free law clinics.”

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The Guardian, 8th April 2013

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Legal aid cuts: why law students are coming to the rescue – The Guardian

Posted April 9th, 2013 in budgets, legal aid, news, pro bono work, universities, volunteers by sally

“We get the chance to work with real clients, and they get our help for free, says a volunteer.”

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The Guardian, 8th April 2013

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Parents ‘treated like felons on remand’ by school CRB checks – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 25th, 2013 in criminal records, news, school children, volunteers by sally

“Thousands of parents are still being forced to undergo ‘suspicious and hostile’ criminal record checks to volunteer in schools despite Coalition reforms designed to introduce common sense into the child protection system, according to research.”

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Daily Telegraph, 24th February 2013

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Back-to-work scheme breached laws, says Court of Appeal – BBC News

Posted February 12th, 2013 in appeals, benefits, forced labour, news, volunteers by tracey

“The government’s back-to-work schemes have suffered a setback after Appeal Court
judges agreed with a university graduate’s claim that unpaid schemes were
legally flawed.”

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BBC News, 12th February 2013

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Judgment expected on government’s unpaid work schemes – The Guardian

Posted February 12th, 2013 in appeals, compensation, forced labour, news, volunteers by tracey

“The court of appeal will on Tuesday judge whether government employment schemes constitute forced labour and if tens of thousands of unemployed people will still be entitled to compensation after being wrongly sanctioned by the Department of Work and Pensions.”

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The Guardian, 12th February 2013

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Volunteers’ status under anti discrimination law: where to now? – Cloisters

Posted December 19th, 2012 in EC law, employment, equality, news, volunteers by sally

“Judgment in the case of X v. Mid Sussex CAB was handed down by the Supreme Court 12th December 2012, in which it was held that volunteers (unpaid workers) qualify for protection from discrimination under the employment provisions of European or domestic anti discrimination law. The principle disagreement between the parties (a volunteer legal advisor and a CAB) was about the proper interpretation of Article 3 of the Framework Directive, which underlies the relevant legislation. The Appellant had argued that certain volunteers in certain situations do fall within scope – namely those whose volunteer activities closely resemble paid work. The CAB argued that no volunteers fall within the legislation, irrespective of the nature of the work that they do. In dismissing the appeal, the Court held that the law in this area was sufficiently free from doubt, such that there was no need to refer any questions to the CJEU.”

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Cloisters, December 2012

Source: www.cloisters.com