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Couples urged to plan beyond divorce proceedings (31 January 2014)

Experts have warned couples going through divorce proceedings that they should seek expert help if they are in a state of fear or are uncertain about aspects of day-to-day life following divorce proceedings.  Read more...

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Whole-life sentences under the spotlight, as Lee Rigby killer appeals against conviction (31 January 2014)

The news that one of Fusilier Lee Rigby’s killers is to appeal against his conviction has highlighted the issue of whole life sentences once more.
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Tory rebel Amendment to Immigration Bill defeated (31 January 2014)

MPs have rejected an Amendment to the Immigration Bill which would have prevented foreign convicted criminals of using Human Rights legislation to remain in the UK.  Read more...

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Lee Rigby killer to appeal conviction (30 January 2014)

Michael Adebolajo, 29, who was found guilty of the killing of Fusilier Lee Rigby outside Woolwich Barracks last May, is to appeal against his conviction.  Read more...

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£6m divorce payout for ex-wife asked to remain as “housekeeper” to husband’s new partner (30 January 2014)

A divorcee has been awarded £6 million in the High Court after her former husband installed his new partner and her 12-year-old daughter in their home – and asked his former wife to remain living with them as “some sort of housekeeper”.
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Stay-at-home husband pleads for “international marriage” divorce proceedings to be heard in London (30 January 2014)

A successful female investment banker is contesting a multimillion pound settlement in a divorce case involving her stay-at-home husband, after the couple’s 15-year marriage collapsed following a row on holiday.  Read more...

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Smoking in a car with children present may become a criminal offence (30 January 2014)

The Lords has passed an Amendment to the Children and Families Bill which would introduce a ban on smoking in cars where children are passengers.  Read more...

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Caretaker denies manslaughter charge after toddler falls to her death (30 January 2014)

Sheffield Crown Court has heard how a two-year-old girl fell 60 feet to her death, after a maintenance worker failed to replace a pane of glass in the safety barrier of a fourth floor walkway.  Read more...

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Police start fighting domestic abuse (30 January 2014)

Although there is no reliable data on the prevalence of domestic crime in the UK we do know that it is a huge problem. One in three women will be the subject of domestic violence at some point during their adult lives.  Read more...

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Crime reduced by 10 per cent in England and Wales, says survey (30 January 2014)

Official figures from the Crime Survey of England and Wales (CSEW) published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveal that in the 12 months to September 2013 crime overall fell by 10 per cent – there were eight million crimes against adults and households during the year.   Read more...

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Care proceedings withdrawn for Hertfordshire woman (30 January 2014)

Hertfordshire County Council has issued care proceedings in relation to a young boy known only as D, who is six months old. The hearing was heard by Mrs Justice Parker.  Read more...

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Supermarket scammer given suspended jail sentence (30 January 2014)

A woman from Pembroke has narrowly avoided a jail sentence after stealing in excess of £6,500 from supermarket giant Tesco after attempting to use a National Lottery winning payout scam, a court heard on Wednesday.  Read more...

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Crisis in UK prisons (29 January 2014)

Prisons are meant to provide a safe form of detention for criminals and also, when possible, to help rehabilitate. However, a recent report has revealed that suicides and murders in British prisons for men are becoming an increasingly common problem.   Read more...

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Family of mentally ill British man held in Pakistan appeal to UK government to bring him home (29 January 2014)

A 69-year-old British man who has been sentenced to death for blasphemy by a court in Pakistan may be suffering from paranoid schizophrenia.  Read more...

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Home Secretary to confirm that the UK is accepting Syrian refugees (29 January 2014)

Britain is to take in Syrian refuges after the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg reportedly struck a deal with Prime Minister David Cameron.  Read more...

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Suspended sentence for shoplifter driven to crime by the boredom of old age (29 January 2014)

A 76-year-old woman has told a court in North Staffordshire that she went on a shoplifting spree to ease the boredom of being old.  Read more...

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Migrant workers critical to NHS continuity say experts (29 January 2014)

Migrant workers are vital to the continuity of the NHS and a reduction in their numbers would leave the healthcare system ^short-staffed^, according to new statistics and analysis by experts.
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Arrests over children’s care home abuse allegations in Newcastle (29 January 2014)

Police raids in Newcastle have resulted in 12 men and two women being arrested on suspicion of the sexual abuse of teenage girls and young adults in northeast England.  Read more...

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Immigration boost to NHS staffing levels (29 January 2014)

Data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre has revealed that one in 10 NHS employees come from overseas – with more than 200 nationalities contributing to Britain’s healthcare system.
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Nottinghamshire pair given ASBOs (28 January 2014)

Two people from Nottinghamshire have been issued with anti-social behaviour orders (ASBO) after they repeatedly verbally abused local members of the community, a court heard on Monday.  Read more...

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Reasonable immigration levels from Bulgaria and Romania, says David Cameron (28 January 2014)

Prime Minister David Cameron has said that immigration from Bulgaria and Romania has proved to be “reasonable” – although no figures have been given as to how many migrants from those countries have arrived since 1 January.  Read more...

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£2.8m payout for girl who suffered catastrophic brain injury as a result of surgical error (28 January 2014)

Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital has apologised to the family of a girl who was left severely brain damaged after two syringes being used in her treatment were mixed up in an operating theatre.  Read more...

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Liberal Democrats pledge to make mental health services a priority (28 January 2014)

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has suggested that attitudes to mental health issues need to be brought out of the “dark ages “ – and has said that mental health patients should receive the same access to appropriate health services as patients with physical illnesses.  Read more...

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High rents plunge more households below minimum income standard (28 January 2014)

New research from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has revealed that the number of households without sufficient income to give them an adequate standard of living has risen by one-fifth in three years.  Read more...

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Teenager arrested for murder sectioned under Mental Health Act (27 January 2014)

A 16-year-old boy who has been found arrested on suspicion of the murder of a 17-year-old girl has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act.  Read more...

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Changes in social housing rent guidelines mean more councils will set maximum increases (27 January 2014)

Research by the website Inside Housing.co.uk has found that more than 40 local authorities in England are planning to increase rents by the maximum allowed in the year 2014-2015.  Read more...

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UK planning to accept vulnerable Syrian refugees, says Hague (27 January 2014)

The Foreign Secretary William Hague has said that the UK is considering taking in some of the most vulnerable Syrian refugees fleeing the crisis in Syria.  Read more...

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Home Office “unfairly targeting” traumatised asylum seekers for deportation (27 January 2014)

The charity Asylum Link Merseyside has said refugees suffering from mental health conditions are being unfairly targeted by the Home Office to be returned to their home countries.  Read more...

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PCC criticises police handling of stranded motorists after fatal motorbike accident (27 January 2014)

The Police Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Hampshire has criticised local police after hundreds of motorists were left stranded on a motorway for hours following a horrific road traffic accident involving a motorbike.  Read more...

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Second Royal Caribbean cruise ship hit by holiday illness (27 January 2014)

More than 280 passengers and 22 crew members have fallen ill on a luxury Caribbean cruise on board the Explorer of the Seas cruise liner.  Read more...

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Ministers invite councils to bid for £3 billion housing fund (27 January 2014)

Housing associations and developers across the UK are being encouraged to bid for cash from a multi-billion pound fund that the government says will help to create hundreds of thousands of affordable homes during the next five years.  Read more...

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Crime Survey shows continuing trend of falling crime in England and Wales (24 January 2014)

Publication of the latest crime figures showing crimes in England and Wales are at an all-time low have prompted speculation that some police figures for recorded crime might not be accurate.  Read more...

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Rise of the single household in Britain, as number of married couples declines (24 January 2014)

Figures gathered in 2011 for the census and published on Wednesday (22/01/14) have shown that marriage in the UK is declining fast, with just 4 million households in Britain now comprising a husband and wife and children.  Read more...

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Romanian migration to UK in January estimated at just two dozen (24 January 2014)

The Romanian Ambassador in London has said that despite fears that the UK would experience mass immigration from Bulgaria and Romania after border restrictions on the countries were lifted on 1 January, only two dozen new migrants from Romania have arrived in January.
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DWP anticipates record number of prosecutions for benefit fraud (23 January 2014)

Benefit fraud and benefit payment errors have risen by £300 million since 2010, according to figures from the National Audit Office (NAO).
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HSE prosecution after teenage apprentice suffers fatal crush injuries (23 January 2014)

A firm in Sunderland has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after a 19-year-old engineering apprentice suffered fatal crush injuries when a 970kg ship’s tunnel thruster fell on him.  Read more...

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Sandringham gardener survives 10 minutes underwater after lawnmower accident (23 January 2014)

A gardener on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk spent 10 minutes underwater after a sit-on lawnmower he was using plunged into a lake.  Read more...

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£26bn annual cost to London in tackling mental health issues (23 January 2014)

A new report commissioned by London Mayor Boris Johnson has found that mental health problems are costing London £26 billion every year.  Read more...

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Persistent shoplifter handed ASBO (23 January 2014)

A prolific shoplifter from Derbyshire has been given an Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ABSO) and ordered to stay away from retail premises after being convicted of four separate thefts during a two-month period last year.  Read more...

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Disabled tenants mount Court of Appeal challenge to bedroom tax (22 January 2014)

A group of five disabled public sector tenants is mounting a challenge to the government’s “bedroom tax” at the Court of Appeal.  Read more...

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DWP anticipates record number of prosecutions for benefit fraud (22 January 2014)

Benefit fraud and benefit payment errors have risen by £300 million since 2010, according to figures from the National Audit Office (NAO).
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Recorded crime figures set to rise, after official data status is removed (22 January 2014)

Chairman of the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA) Sir Andrew Dilnot has warned MPs that a rise in recorded crime could follow the authority’s decision to remove official data status from police crime figures.  Read more...

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Recorded crime figures set to rise, after official data status is removed (22 January 2014)

Chairman of the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA) Sir Andrew Dilnot has warned MPs that a rise in recorded crime could follow the authority’s decision to remove official data status from police crime figures.
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Disabled tenants mount Court of Appeal challenge to bedroom tax (22 January 2014)

A group of five disabled public sector tenants is mounting a challenge to the government’s “bedroom tax” at the Court of Appeal.
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Firm prosecuted after lorry driver’s fatal work accident (21 January 2014)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a firm after a lorry driver died unloading his vehicle at Morganite Electrical Carbon Ltd in Swansea.  Read more...

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Affordable housing planned for Devon’s sustainable new town (21 January 2014)

A new market town near Plymouth based on a design code drawn up by The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community is one step closer, after land near Sherford in Devon was incorporated into a consortium comprising leading house builders Taylor Wimpey, Linden Homes and Bovis Homes.  Read more...

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Councillors urge Westminster to spend NHB on social housing (21 January 2014)

Westminster Labour councillors have urged the local council to green light plans for extra social housing in the borough after it received a substantial seven-figure sum from the government for 2014/15 as part of its new homes bonus (NHB) scheme.   Read more...

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Bedroom tax loophole to close (21 January 2014)

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) is to close a loophole in the government’s bedroom tax in March.  Read more...

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Community justice systems “taking law enforcement out of police hands” (20 January 2014)

Police may be oblivious to some serious crime being committed in cities, as communities take the law into their own hands and enforce their own justice, according to the Mail online.  Read more...

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New homes for Stafford under Affordable Housing Programme (20 January 2014)

Social housing landlord Aspire Housing has bought 54 former RAF homes in Staffordshire, with the aim of turning them into affordable homes.  Read more...

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Conservatives to strip non-English speakers of benefits (20 January 2014)

The Conservatives are reportedly considering making benefits inaccessible to migrants who cannot speak English. It is also reported that printing welfare benefits leaflets in foreign languages may also be scrapped.
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South Tyneside mental health patients to be sent out of area for treatment (20 January 2014)

Mental health patients in South Tyneside could be forced to travel to Northumberland if a local council proposal to close three mental health units in South Tyneside goes ahead.  Read more...

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Soldier suffering from PTSD jailed for killing baby daughter (20 January 2014)

A court has heard how the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) played a part in 25-year-old Afghanistan veteran Liam Culverhouse inflicting serious injuries on his baby daughter because he could not cope with her crying.  Read more...

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Schumacher brain injury “may change him as a person”, says doctor (20 January 2014)

A leading neurosurgeon is predicting that injured Formula One racing champion Michael Schumacher would be a different person if he wakes up from his coma.  Read more...

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EU will block UK attempts to restrict free movement (20 January 2014)

The EU has said that the UK will not be allowed to “unpick EU treaties” and rewrite one of the EU’s fundamental principles of freedom of movement between member states.
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More London theatregoers injured, as set collapses (20 January 2014)

Audience members at a show at the Camden Roundhouse in London have been injured after a set collapsed on them during a performance on Friday evening (17/01/14).  Read more...

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OAP receives settlement from Starbucks after fall (20 January 2014)

A pensioner that suffered a personal injury after slipping and falling on a greasy floor at a Starbucks in Walsall has been awarded a four-figure settlement.  Read more...

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Government focuses on mediation services for divorce matters as it plans legal aid cuts (17 January 2014)

The government is aiming to reduce stressful divorce battles and ensure that couples separate “in the least damaging way” by promoting the use of mediation services in England and Wales.  Read more...

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Secrecy surrounding Family Court to end (17 January 2014)

The Family Courts are to be opened up to public scrutiny, with Family Courts and Court of Protection judgments being made public for the first time.  Read more...

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Norfolk sets four-month deadline to end out-of-area mental health placements (17 January 2014)

Health bosses at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) have pledged to end the practice of sending mental health patients outside the area for special and acute placements.  Read more...

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Police trust dented by perceived “cover ups”, new poll finds (17 January 2014)

A new poll by Sky News has found that many Britons feel that the police cover up any wrongdoing on the part of officers.  Read more...

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MoD employee fined for term-time family holiday booked before education regulations amendment (16 January 2014)

Parents who took their children out of school during term-time have been fined £630 plus costs, despite the fact they booked the holiday before the law was changed.
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Experts inundate government with positive immigration evidence (16 January 2014)

According to officials, the prime minister has ^indefinitely^ shelved a report that features overwhelming evidence about the benefits of immigration to the UK economy because it failed to fit his agenda regarding EU migration cuts.  Read more...

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Duncan Lewis challenge to Home Office shopping voucher reward scheme for immigration officers (16 January 2014)

Duncan Lewis’s Public Law Partner James Packer has criticised the Home Office’s reward scheme for immigration officers, under which shopping vouchers are awarded to presenting officers successful at asylum appeal tribunals.  Read more...

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Gang convicted of human trafficking offences (15 January 2014)

A gang responsible for trafficking 50 women into the UK to work as prostitutes has been convicted of conspiring to traffic people into the UK for sexual exploitation.  Read more...

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Liverpool solider jailed for hi-tech equipment theft (15 January 2014)

A Liverpool solider that stole expensive hi-tech army equipment and sold it through a friend on eBay has been dishonourably discharged from the army and handed a 20-month jail sentence.  Read more...

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Mortgage lenders “stress test” could prevent families getting on the property ladder (15 January 2014)

High street mortgage lenders are imposing a “stress test” on borrowers to make sure they can still meet their mortgage payments when interest rates rise.  Read more...

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MI5 and MI6 given freedom to exceed the speed limit (15 January 2014)

Transport Minister Robert Goodwill has announced a speed amnesty for secret service personnel, who will be allowed to exceed the speed limit on roads when carrying out their duties.  Read more...

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South West homeowners warned about repossession risk (14 January 2014)

Homeowners in the South West have been warned about the risk of mortgage repossession after new figures published by housing charity Shelter showed that one out of every 179 households in the region are currently considered at risk of eviction or more serious consequences.  Read more...

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Marketisation of marriage may be leading couples along the path to divorce (14 January 2014)

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Williams has said the greatest threat to the institution of marriage is the marketing of marriage.  Read more...

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No Redditch alert over new migrants, says council (14 January 2014)

Local councillors in the West Midlands have called reports that the Midlands will be deluged with new migrants “scaremongering”.  Read more...

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LibDems say build more garden cities to solve housing crisis (14 January 2014)

The Liberal Democrats are accusing the Prime Minister David Cameron of suppressing proposals for two new garden cities in the south of England to help resolve the housing shortage.  Read more...

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Council Tax arrears rise by 25% in five years (14 January 2014)

Working families are being surcharged on Council Tax payments to make up the shortfall in revenue for those who do not pay.  Read more...

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Serial offender given suspended sentence to allow him to care for baby (14 January 2014)

A 58-year-old father of twenty-two children who has 32 convictions ranging from burglary to drug dealing has received a suspended sentence so he can stay at home and look after his baby son.  Read more...

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£100,000 compensation for mental health patient subjected to horrifying sexual abuse by care worker (14 January 2014)

A former mental health patient has painted a terrifying picture of mental healthcare in the UK, after revealing she had been raped 60 times by a care worker in a mental health unit.  Read more...

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Cutting immigration “would damage UK’s economic forecast” (14 January 2014)

The Treasury has been warned that immigration cuts will add to the UK deficit because migrants tend to be of working age and contributing to the economy through paying tax.  Read more...

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Labour minister says workers not jobseekers should come to the UK (13 January 2014)

The first suggestion that a Labour government might move to restrict freedom of movement for workers in the EU has come from Labour MP Chuka Umunna, who told an audience on BBC1’s “Question Time” programme on Thursday (09/01/14) that freedom of movement across the EU should not apply to those seeking a job – but to those who have one.  Read more...

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Divorcee says divorce lawyers should have recommended judicial separation (13 January 2014)

A woman has tried to sue her divorce solicitor because she alleges she was not advised that divorce would end her marriage.  Read more...

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“Teach children not to confuse kissing relatives with sexual predators” (13 January 2014)

A sex education expert has prompted an angry backlash from family campaigners, after she suggested that child abuse could be prevented if very young children “high-fived” their grandparents rather than kissing them.  Read more...

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Disabled carer prosecuted for benefit fraud after being filmed at the gym (13 January 2014)

A 60-year-old woman who claimed she could barely walk has pleaded guilty to benefit fraud charges, after being spotted exercising at her local gym – and despite saying her doctor and physiotherapist had told her to take as much exercise as possible.  Read more...

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MPs face war crimes allegations over “systemic abuse” of Iraqi POWs (13 January 2014)

British MPs who served in the Cabinet between 2003 and 2008 have been implicated in war crimes allegations which claim that British troops in Iraq tortured Iraqi prisoners during the Iraq war.  Read more...

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Scottish teachers paid over £300,000 for personal injury claims (13 January 2014)

According to new figures released by the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS), Scottish schoolteachers and college lecturers were paid a cumulative total of over £300,000 last year for personal injury and compensation claims arising from assault and accidents at work.  Read more...

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Winter Friends Mental Health campaign launched across Herefordshire (13 January 2014)

Herefordshire’s 2gether NHS Foundation Trust is calling for local communities to become “winter friends” to lonely friends and relatives in an initiative to help prevent people suffering from loneliness from falling into depression and suffering mental health problems.
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Slavery charges for Birmingham woman after police swoop (13 January 2014)

A woman from Alum Rock in east Birmingham has been charged with keeping four men captive at her home and treating them as slaves.  Read more...

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Met Police to give officers cameras following Duggan verdict (13 January 2014)

The Metropolitan Police in London have announced a £1.6 million trial in which officers will be given cameras to wear as they carry out their daily duties.  Read more...

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Concerns more children will be taken into Local Authority care, as benefit cuts deepen (10 January 2014)

The extent to which cuts to welfare benefits could take its toll on vulnerable families has been revealed in new figures from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), which shows that before benefit cuts were introduced last year, 33,000 families were receiving more than £26,000 a year in welfare payments.  Read more...

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Benefits cheat claimed housing support whilst building property portfolio (10 January 2014)

A benefits cheat from Cambridge has received a suspended jail sentence after illegitimately claiming council housing benefit despite building a substantial property portfolio in her hometown and Bulgaria.  Read more...

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Dual record keeping proves a headache for mental health staff (10 January 2014)

A report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) into the Woodlands mental health unit in Suffolk has said that patient records – both paper and electronic – are often not fit for purpose, often because of failings in recording patient data accurately.  Read more...

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Celebrity landlords asking tenants on benefits to find other accommodation (9 January 2014)

Britain^s best-known private landlords have revealed that they are currently asking tenants on benefits to seek alternative accommodation and admitted that immigrants are often easier to deal with as “they work harder.”  Read more...

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ICFR bankruptcy results in fraud charges for chief operations officer (9 January 2014)

The former chief operating officer of the International Centre for Financial Regulation (ICFR), Charles Taylor, has been charged with defrauding the regulatory trade body of nearly £600,000.  Read more...

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Duggan lawfully killed by police, says inquest jury (9 January 2014)

An inquest into the shooting of Mark Duggan – whose death sparked the London riots in 2011 – has concluded that he was lawfully killed.  Read more...

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Lords agree immigration is good for Britain (9 January 2014)

Conservative Home Office Minister Earl Atlee has said that the government is “very happy” with immigration from the EU – and added that “hard working Romanian and Bulgarians” would pay more tax and claim fewer benefits than previous generations of migrants.  Read more...

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Convicted drug dealer wins appeal to stay in UK to protect his right to a family life (9 January 2014)

A convicted drug dealer from Jamaica has won the right to stay in Britain using the Human Rights Act to fight his case, the Mail online reports.  Read more...

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Taxi robber sentenced to 12 years in jail (8 January 2014)

A man from Liverpool has been jailed for 12 years after robbing a taxi driver at gunpoint and attempting to escape from police officers just moments after being arrested.  Read more...

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Migrant children improving school results says minister (8 January 2014)

According to education minster Liz Truss, children of migrants have had a positive impact on English schools and help to improve results at all age levels.  Read more...

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Polish Prime Minister to speak to Cameron about benefits remarks directed towards Polish nationals in UK (8 January 2014)

The Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk has said he will speak to Prime Minister David Cameron about comments he made about the UK sending welfare benefits to Poland.  Read more...

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Spanish court summons princess to answer tax and money laundering allegations (8 January 2014)

Princess Cristina of Spain – the daughter of the ruling king of Spain, 76-year-old King Juan Carlos – has been summoned to appear in court to answer charges in a case involving alleged tax evasion and money laundering.  Read more...

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Missing girl devastated at asylum seeker status which barred her from university (8 January 2014)

A girl who went missing from her family’s home in South Wales after going outside to put out the rubbish was apparently devastated because her family’s asylum seeker status in the UK barred her from applying to study at a British university.  Read more...

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Police safety checks in London reveal death-trap lorries on roads (8 January 2014)

Roadside checks initiated by the Metropolitan Police on London roads have revealed that two-thirds of lorries stopped for a spot check were being driven illegally or had defects.  Read more...

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Tories eye up under-25s for welfare and housing benefit cuts (7 January 2014)

Chancellor George Osborne has pledged to reduce welfare payments further to help cut the UK economic deficit.  Read more...

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Confiscation order delays let criminals get away with millions (7 January 2014)

Labour Shadow Justice Secretary Sadiq Khan is calling for an overhaul of the system under which the profits of illegal activity are seized from major criminals.  Read more...

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Belgian MPs make a case for more EU workers and students in the UK (7 January 2014)

The Belgian House of Representatives has told an inquiry at the House of Lords that the UK should welcome more migrants.  Read more...

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Accident at work leads to partial foot amputation for Tesco worker (7 January 2014)

Tesco Maintenance Limited has been prosecuted after a Tesco employee had to have all five toes on his right foot amputated following a lift accident.  Read more...

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Benefit Fraud pilot scheme welcomed by MPs (6 January 2014)

A new benefits pilot scheme in six areas across the country will tackle benefit fraud and benefit overpayments.  Read more...

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Labour election pledge to close migrant low pay loophole (6 January 2014)

Labour leader David Miliband has responded to recent concerns raise by his own Shadow Cabinet over migrant workers pushing down wages in the UK by pledging that he will act on low pay for migrants if Labour wins the next General Election  Read more...

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Prisoner unrest at HMP Oakwood (6 January 2014)

A spokesman for G4S has confirmed that a serious incident broke out and was contained at HMP Oakwood near Wolverhampton on Sunday (05/01/14).
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Criminal Bar Association’s Day of Action on Monday 6 January (6 January 2014)

Criminal barristers are staging a morning of strike action today (06/01/14) in protest at cuts to Legal Aid.  Read more...

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Teenage gang leader given ASBO (6 January 2014)

A teenager from Liverpool that terrorised local shoppers as the leader of a 30-strong gang has been given an Anti Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) and ordered to stay away from certain parts of Birkenhead or risk further punishment.  Read more...

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Mental health nurses pilot scheme for police stations (6 January 2014)

The government has announced that mental health nurses are to be posted at police stations and in courts to assist the police with cases involving detentions under the Mental Health Act 1983.  Read more...

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Romanian ambassador likens UK’s airport “vigil” for new migrants to “Waiting for Godot” (6 January 2014)

The Romania ambassador to Britain, Ion Jinga, has mocked the deputation of MPs and reporters who waited to greet new migrants from Bulgaria and Romania at Luton Airport on New Year’s Day.  Read more...

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Government announces 70% discount boost for Right to Buy council tenants (6 January 2014)

Community Secretary Eric Pickles has announced that council houses are to be sold off at a 70% discount in 2014, to enable more people to get on the property ladder.  Read more...

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Seven-figure personal injury settlement for injured mechanical worker (3 January 2014)

A mechanical fitter from Cumbria has received a £1 million settlement for a personal injury claim following an accident at a nuclear plant that left him without a leg.  Read more...

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“100-year jail terms for murder” proposed in sentencing shake up (3 January 2014)

Murderers could receive prison sentences of 100 years or more if the government decides to introduce US-style prison sentences in which life means life.  Read more...

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Homeowners in mortgage arrears “should seek help as soon as possible” (3 January 2014)

The housing sector is currently enjoying a boost as a result of the government’s Help to Buy scheme, which some critics say is fuelling a property bubble in the UK.  Read more...

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One in three young women “driven to suicidal thoughts” by unemployment (2 January 2014)

A new report by The Prince’s Trust has found that one in three young women facing long term unemployment experiences suicidal thoughts at some point – and one in four have self-harmed.  Read more...

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Teachers’ school injury compensation payouts continue to rise (2 January 2014)

New data from teaching union the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) has shown that in the last year teachers in Scotland have been awarded £300,000 in compensation for physical assaults personal injury (PI) claims, after being attacked by pupils.  Read more...

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Manchester woman convicted after fraudulently claiming housing benefits (2 January 2014)

A woman from Manchester has been convicted of benefit fraud after failing to disclose the correct details about her housing situation to local housing authorities.  Read more...

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EU passport scheme helps non EU nationals work in the UK (2 January 2014)

Workers from countries not currently members of the EU are obtaining Bulgarian and Hungarian passports which enable them to access job markets in EU member states, including the UK.  Read more...

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New Year’s Day “deluge” of new migrants from Eastern Europe fails to materialise (2 January 2014)

Chairman of the Commons Select Home Affairs Committee, Keith Vaz – Labour MP for Leicester East – has dismissed the furore over immigration from Bulgaria and Romania as a “sideshow”.  Read more...

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