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Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsWelsh Assembly announces £2.1m extra to tackle rough sleeping and homelessness (16 August 2017)

 

Welsh Assembly Communities and Children Secretary Carl Sargeant has announced an extra £2.1 million to help tackle youth homelessness and rough sleeping. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsPOCA ruling against rogue car dealers (16 August 2017)

 

West Sussex Trading Standards has prosecuted a pair of car traders found to have defrauded customers for advertising and selling hundreds of written off cars via Autotrader and Gumtree, in a scam thought to be worth £100,000. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsRestaurateur disqualified for seven years after Insolvency Service investigation (16 August 2017)

 

The director of a pizza franchise in Bromsgrove, West Midlands, has been disqualified for seven years, after causing payments to be made to a partnership that he had a personal interest in. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsEnhanced flying medics A&E services for North Wales (16 August 2017)

 

The Welsh government has announced that Wales’ flying medics service – which works in partnership with the Wales Air Ambulance Charity – is strengthening its service cover, with the introduction of consultants and critical care practitioners on board the charity’s helicopter in North Wales. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsEnhanced flying medics A&E services for North Wales (16 August 2017)

 

The Welsh government has announced that Wales’ flying medics service – which works in partnership with the Wales Air Ambulance Charity – is strengthening its service cover, with the introduction of consultants and critical care practitioners on board the charity’s helicopter in North Wales. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsBirmingham landlord fined £10,007 for unsafe property (16 August 2017)

 

A Birmingham landlord who failed to carry out essential repairs at a rental property he owned has been prosecuted by Birmingham City Council. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsRogue builder prosecuted by Birmingham City Council (16 August 2017)

 

Birmingham City Council has prosecuted a builder, after the Trading Standards team was contacted by a neighbour concerned about the amount of building works being carried out on a house in Lyttleton Road, Edgbaston between 16 January 2016 and 6 February 2016. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsWest Sussex Trading Standards seize counterfeit Apple products worth £1.3m (16 August 2017)

 

West Sussex Trading Standards have made its largest seizure of counterfeit goods, after seizing fake Apple products worth £1.3 million from a warehouse in London. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsBath and North East Somerset Council and CRUSE launch support group for adults bereaved by suicide (16 August 2017)

 

Bath and North East Somerset Council has announced a new group run by CRUSE for adults bereaved by suicide. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsHackney Council challenges housing associations to build affordable housing using £16m fund (16 August 2017)

 

Housing associations in Hackney have been challenged to use an innovative new £16 million council fund to increase the number of genuinely affordable homes being built in the borough. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsDisqualifications for directors involved in tax avoidance scheme (15 August 2017)

 

An Insolvency Service investigation has led to the disqualification of two directors who entered into a tax avoidance scheme. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsNew appointees to run Urgent Care Centre in Bath (15 August 2017)

 

Bath and North East Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (BaNES CCG) has appointed Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust and B&NES Enhanced Medical Services (BEMS) to run a Bath-based Urgent Care Centre. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£140,000 fine after worker suffers flash burns (15 August 2017)

 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a manufacturing firm after a worker suffered flash burns to her face, neck, chest and both arms. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsOver 40% of maternity wards in England reportedly closed their doors to expectant mothers on at least one occasion in 2016 (15 August 2017)

 

Data received by the Labour party in a Freedom of Information request revealed that 42 out of 96 trusts shut their maternity wards temporarily on a total of 382 occasions, primarily due to a shortage of staff and beds. 40 hospital trusts did not respond to the Freedom of Information request. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsShould domestic abusers be put on a register in order to protect survivors? (15 August 2017)

 

A new report has revealed that the number of domestic abuse victims across London has risen by 15% in the last two years. Figures have shown that domestic abuse now accounts for almost one in ten criminal offences in the city, with 62,546 reported victims in 2014 rising to 71,926 in 2016. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsSandwell Council launches European passport return service (15 August 2017)

 

Sandwell Council in the West Midlands has announced that Sandwell's Register Office is now offering a European passport return service for European Economic Union and Swiss nationals applying to live and work in the UK. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsSandwell Council launches European passport return service (15 August 2017)

 

Sandwell Council in the West Midlands has announced that Sandwell's Register Office is now offering a European passport return service for European Economic Union and Swiss nationals applying to live and work in the UK. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsEight-year bankruptcy restriction for former Insolvency Practitioner (15 August 2017)

 

A qualified Insolvency Practitioner in Birmingham has been given an eight- year bankruptcy restrictions undertaking, after an investigation by the Insolvency Agency. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsBuckinghamshire man prosecuted for fly-tipping offences (15 August 2017)

 

Buckinghamshire County Council has prosecuted a repeat waste offender who dumped refuse at Little Chalfont and Chalfont St Giles in Buckinghamshire. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsOxfordshire conference focuses on strengthening work of CiCCs (15 August 2017)

 

Oxfordshire’s Children in Care Council (CiCC) has said a conference to highlight issues affecting looked-after children and those leaving care has enabled the council to hear the viewpoints from young people in the care of other councils. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsOxfordshire conference focuses on strengthening work of CiCCs (15 August 2017)

 

Oxfordshire’s Children in Care Council (CiCC) has said a conference to highlight issues affecting looked-after children and those leaving care has enabled the council to hear the viewpoints from young people in the care of other councils. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsHome Office funding to help Bristol target rogue landlords and poor private rental accommodation (15 August 2017)

 

Bristol City Council has been awarded additional funding from the Home Office to help it criminal landlords and protect tenants. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsMen “twice as likely” to experience mental health issues due to work (15 August 2017)

 

New research from mental health charity Mind shows that men are twice as likely to have mental health problems due to their job, compared to problems outside of work. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£3,000 penalty for tenancy fraud (15 August 2017)

 

Lewes District Council’s Counter Fraud Team have prosecuted a man for fraud for subletting a property owned by the council. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsSuspended sentence for Internet trader who sold counterfeit and unsafe products (15 August 2017)

 

A man who sold counterfeit products and unsafe chargers through his company has been prosecuted by Brent Council. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsNorthumberland County Council obtains EDMOs to bring empty properties back into use as homes (15 August 2017)

 

Northumberland County Council says that empty homes are a step closer to re-opening their doors to new tenants, after the council was given interim Empty Dwelling Management Orders (EDMOs) for four properties across the county. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsJail for gang who established cannabis factory inside nuclear bunker (15 August 2017)

 

A gang who ran a cannabis farm worth £2 million inside a nuclear bunker have given handed jail sentences. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsSuspended sentence for disqualified director who breached Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 (10 August 2017)

 

A disqualified company director has been given a suspended jail sentence at Kingston Crown Court, after pleading guilty to two counts of acting in the management of two companies. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£20m funding to roll out initiative to identify and disrupt online grooming (10 August 2017)

 

A project to tackle child sexual exploitation and online grooming will be rolled out across the country, after the government announced £20 million in funding. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsSuspended sentence for landlord who carried out DIY gas work on boiler (10 August 2017)

 

A Devon landlord has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after risking the lives of his tenants by carrying out dangerous gas work. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsReview calls for focus on prisoners’ family ties to help cut reoffending (10 August 2017)

 

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has welcomed a new study by Lord Michael Farmer, which calls family relationships “the golden thread” to help reduce reoffending. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsType 1 diabetes immunotherapy research “promising” for developing new treatments (10 August 2017)

 

Pioneering immunotherapy research at King’s College London has brought the possibility of a new treatment for Type 1 diabetes a step closer. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsBradford Council secures funding for SEMH school to boost SEND provision (9 August 2017)

 

Bradford Council has secured government funding to build a new social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) special free school. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsManchester uses DCLG funding to tackle rogue landlord who exploit migrants (9 August 2017)

 

Manchester City Council has announced that the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has approved a funding bid that will help the city council continue a targeted project to improve private sector housing standards. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsTV streaming app director disqualified for nine years (9 August 2017)

 

The director of a TV streaming company has been disqualified for nine years for entering jointly into a loan facility agreement knowing the company was being wound up. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsLuton firm fined £250,000 after employee suffers severe brain injury (9 August 2017)

 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a passenger air transport firm, after an employee sustained a severe brain injury after being crushed by hangar doors in Bedfordshire. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News19 terror-related offences added to Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme (9 August 2017)

 

The Ministry of Justice has added 19 terror-related offences to the Unduly Lenient Sentence (ULS) scheme from Tuesday. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsThe lead clinician in charge of Connor Sparrowhawk’s care has admitted to a string of failings over the teenager’s death (9 August 2017)

 

Dr Valerie Murphy, a consultant psychiatrist, admitted to almost 30 failings during a hearing before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester on 7 August. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsInvestigation into Croydon’s fatal tram derailment “continuing”, says RAIB (8 August 2017)

 

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has announced that an investigation into a fatal incident involving a tram near Sandilands Junction in Croydon, southwest London in 2016 is continuing. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsNewham Council sets up scheme to “name and shame” rogue letting agents (8 August 2017)

 

Newham Council in east London has announced it is setting up the first UK scheme to “name and shame” rogue letting agents. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsStaffordshire County Council has eight million hours of free childcare on offer (8 August 2017)

 

Staffordshire County Council says that it has eight million free childcare hours on offer to working parents of three- and four-year-olds from 1 September. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsSix-month curfew and fine for persistent fly-tipping (8 August 2017)

 

Gateshead Council has prosecuted a local man who fly-tipped five piles of household waste and building materials – and went on to fly-tip again. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsTower Hamlets campaign to tackle nitrous oxide use (8 August 2017)

 

Tower Hamlets Council in east London has launched a campaign called No Laughing Matter to highlight the risks of inhaling nitrous oxide as a recreational drug. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsHeadStart Wolverhampton Conference planned for October (8 August 2017)

 

City of Wolverhampton Council has announced plans for the HeadStart Wolverhampton conference in October. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsSouthwark Council award for homelessness project (8 August 2017)

 

Southwark Council in south London has been short-listed in the London Homelessness Awards for The Homelessness Trailblazer Pilot, alongside two other projects – Prisoners Abroad Resettlement Team and Network Homes and New Horizons Day centre Project Vista. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£606,000 government funding for community housing in North Yorkshire (8 August 2017)

 

Craven District Council in North Yorkshire has been allocated £606,000 from the government's Community Housing Fund to help develop smaller housing sites around the district. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£700 penalty for father who used daughter’s Blue Badge to visit the gym (8 August 2017)

 

A man who fraudulently used his disabled daughter’s Blue Badge to park when he visited the gym has been prosecuted by Central Bedfordshire Council. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsDaventry tackles motorbike crime and anti-social behaviour among bikers (8 August 2017)

 

The Daventry District and South Northamptonshire Community Safety Partnership is raising awareness of the laws surrounding the use of motorised bikes, in a bid to encourage more people to report motorcyclists who break the law. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsNew criminal offences to be introduced through new Data Protection Bill (8 August 2017)

 

The government has announced that new legislation to strengthen data protection will involve new criminal offences to deter organisations from either intentionally or recklessly creating situations where someone could be identified from anonymised data. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsEmployment tribunal classes bicycle courier in latest decision on “gig economy” employment rights (8 August 2017)

 

The London Central employment tribunal has ruled that a former bike courier for Addison Lee was a worker, not an “independent contractor”, and therefore was entitled to employment rights that were not afforded to him, such as holiday pay and the national minimum wage. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsRoyal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea allowed developers to neglect affordable housing target (8 August 2017)

 

It has been revealed that the council in charge of Grenfell Tower gained almost £60 million from allowing developers to avoid building affordable housing. Despite high demand for housing to accommodate low income families, developers can pay a fee to the council instead of building affordable homes if they demonstrate that building affordable units would make their plans unviable. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsLandlord issued with confiscation order under POCA for “beds-in-sheds” accommodation (7 August 2017)

 

Brent Council in northwest London has prosecuted a landlord who illegally housed tenants inside his converted garage. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsBenefit cap “working” as 34,000 households move into work (7 August 2017)

 

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has published the latest quarterly benefit cap statistics, which show that since the introduction of the cap in April 2013, a total of 150,000 households have had their benefits capped. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsBenefit cap “working” as 34,000 households move into work (7 August 2017)

 

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has published the latest quarterly benefit cap statistics, which show that since the introduction of the cap in April 2013, a total of 150,000 households have had their benefits capped. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsCumbria Pass Plus scheme to help newly qualified young drivers enhance driving skills (7 August 2017)

 

Cumbria Road Safety Partnership (CRSP) is encouraging young people aged 17-24 who have recently passed their driving test to take up the Pass Plus scheme to enhance their driving skills and stay safe behind the wheel. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsHome Office to scrap landing cards for non-EU visitors to UK (7 August 2017)

 

The Home Office has announced plans to abolish landing cards given to passengers who arrive in the UK from outside the European Union. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsDerbyshire NHS mental health services for children cited as “outstanding” in CQC report (7 August 2017)

 

Children’s mental health services provided by Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust have been cited as “outstanding” in a Care Quality Commission (CQC) report. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsDerbyshire NHS mental health services for children cited as “outstanding” in CQC report (7 August 2017)

 

Children’s mental health services provided by Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust have been cited as “outstanding” in a Care Quality Commission (CQC) report. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsBrighton landlord prosecuted for unlicensed HMO (7 August 2017)

 

Brighton & Hove City Council’s planning enforcement team has prosecuted a landlord for letting a Brighton home as a house in multiple occupation (HMO) without a licence, in the first successful prosecution by the council regarding an unauthorised conversion of a house into a small HMO. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsKettering Council obtain closure order on property for drug dealing (7 August 2017)

 

Kettering Council in Northamptonshire has obtained a closure order for a flat in Kettering, following complaints of drug dealing. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£1,000 penalty for selling alcohol to 16-year-old (7 August 2017)

 

Waltham Forest Council in east London has prosecuted a shop owner who sold alcohol to a customer who was underage. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsWest Lancashire rolls out film warning young adults about gang crime (7 August 2017)

 

West Lancashire County Council has launched film starring West Lancashire teenagers, which warns young people about the dangers of getting involved in gang culture. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsSentence increase for breast cancer surgeon who carried out unnecessary procedures (4 August 2017)

 

A surgeon who carried out unnecessary breast cancer surgery has had his jail sentence increased from 15 to 20 years. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£200,000 fine after worker dies in fall from height (4 August 2017)

 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Lincolnshire company which manufactures tipper trailers, after a worker sustained fatal injuries after falling from a cherry picker at a factory in Grantham. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£65m government support for Build to Rent homes in London (4 August 2017)

 

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) have announced that the biggest development of homes built specifically for private rent in the UK is set to receive a £65 million boost from the government. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsPresident of Family Division calls services for children requiring specialist mental health care “worryingly inadequate” (4 August 2017)

 

President of the Family Division Sir James Munby has criticised the lack of specialist facilities for child and adolescent mental health patients during a ruling on the care of a 17-year-old mental health patient known as X. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsJail for babysitter who went on to commit child sexual offences (3 August 2017)

 

A man who offered to babysit and went on to sexually abuse his young charge has been jailed for 16 years at Truro Crown Court. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£37,500 penalty after toy worker loses hand in unguarded machinery (3 August 2017)

 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a soft toy filling company, after a worker lost his hand in unguarded machinery. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£52 million released through Adoption Support Fund (3 August 2017)

 

The Department for Education (DfE) has announced that more than £52 million has now been released through the Adoption Support Fund, which has helped 22,000 children. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsJail for company directors who set up phoenix company to divert funds (3 August 2017)

 

Birmingham Crown Court has handed down prison sentences to two directors of a bridal boutique for offences which include diverting company funds to themselves. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsAshford Council presses ahead with affordable and dementia friendly housing developments (3 August 2017)

 

Ashford Council in Kent has approved the provision of a further 190 homes between 2018 and 2024, through the council’s Housing Revenue Account. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsBarnet Council launches academy to recruit, train and retain more social workers (3 August 2017)

 

Barnet Council in northwest London has launched an innovative “academy” aimed at recruiting, developing and helping retain social workers. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsMigration Advisory Committee to issue call for evidence in report on EU migration (3 August 2017)

 

The organisation commissioned to report on EU migration to the UK and how this affects the labour market has welcomed the opportunity to contribute to the UK’s “knowledge base” on EU immigration. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsDiabetic retinopathy screening programme shown to reduce sight loss in Wales (3 August 2017)

 

New research from Swansea University in South Wales shows that the number of people in Wales diagnosed as blind or living with sight loss as a result of diabetes has almost halved since the introduction of a new national diabetic retinopathy screening programme in 2003. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsDerby County Council issues Listeriosis advice after Sainsbury’s national recall of deli product (3 August 2017)

 

Derby County Council has issued important advice for pregnant women, midwives and public health nurses, after leading supermarket chain Sainsbury’s recalled several of its Deli Filler ready-to-eat food products due to the presence of the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsGuilty verdict for medical procurement expert who received £1.7m in corrupt payments (3 August 2017)

 

A jury at Southwark Crown Court in southeast London has convicted a man on corruption charges, who was an expert in the procurement of medical equipment and received £1.7 million in corrupt payments. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsBradford Council hails success of SEND conference (3 August 2017)

 

Bradford Council has said that a major education conference held in Bradford focusing on serving the needs of pupils with special educational needs and disability (SEND) has been a success. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsSupreme Court forces U-turn on Government policy as employment tribunal fees ruled unlawful (3 August 2017)

 

The Government has announced the abolition of employment tribunal fees following the Supreme Court’s ruling that they are unlawful. This will affect claimants who have brought cases regarding matters, such as unfair dismissal, discrimination and other work place issues, since the introduction of tribunal fees by then Lord Chancellor Chris Grayling in July 2013. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£26,000 penalty after collapsing wall kills worker (2 August 2017)

 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a northeast-based company, after the collapse of a wall caused the death of an employee. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsEight-year disqualification for £715,000 of false invoices (2 August 2017)

 

The directors of a Sheffield-based plastering company have been disqualified for eight years, after being found to have caused their company to factor false invoices totalling £715,000. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsHome Secretary calls for global effort to take terrorism offline (2 August 2017)

 

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has hailed the first meeting of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism as a major step forward in the fight against online terrorist material. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsMind welcomes mental health plan – and calls for longer term strategy to cope with demand (2 August 2017)

 

Mental health charity Mind has welcomed the government’s commitment to boosting the number of mental health workers, in a plan which will give mental health parity with physical health in the NHS. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£230,000 fine after worker has finger amputated by circular saw (2 August 2017)

 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Warwickshire company, after an employee’s finger was severed at the company’s base in Roman Way, Rugby. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsWest Midlands Trading Standards net 5.5 million illegal cigarettes in one year (2 August 2017)

 

Sandwell Council in the West Midlands has announced that more than 5.5 million illegal cigarettes and 645 kg of hand rolling tobacco have been seized by local Trading Standards within the Central England Trading Standards Authorities (CEnTSA) within 12 months. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal News£1bn investment in expanding and transforming mental health services (2 August 2017)

 

The government has set out plans to treat a further one million mental health patients by 2020-2021 – and finally give mental healthcare parity with physical healthcare. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Legal NewsWelsh government allows Cardiff Council to suspend Right to Buy (2 August 2017)

 

The Welsh Assembly has announced the suspension of Right to Buy in Cardiff, to ensure social housing is available to those who need it. Read more...