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Appeal Court rejects challenge to minimum term from schoolboy killer (30 January 2015)

The Appeal Court has rejected a schoolboy killer’s bid to have his minimum 20-year sentence reduced, after he was convicted of killing teacher Ann Maguire.  Read more...

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Half of workers referred to occupational physician “have mental health condition” (30 January 2015)

A new study by Manchester University has revealed that half of referrals to occupational health services involve workers with a mental health condition.  Read more...

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£1.2m for family of man who died in collision with recycling lorry (29 January 2015)

The family of a man who died after suffering catastrophic injuries in a collision with a recycling lorry have been award £1.2 million in compensation at the High Court.  Read more...

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Holding asylum seekers at sea “lawful” Australia’s High Court rules (29 January 2015)

The High Court in Australia has ruled that holding 157 Tamil asylum seekers on a vessel at sea was not unlawful.  Read more...

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English language tests for NHS workers from EU countries (29 January 2015)

Ministers are expected to vote on compulsory English language checks for EU migrants who come to the UK to work in the NHS.  Read more...

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New CPS guidelines on rape state consent has to be proved (29 January 2015)

New CPS guidelines on rape state consent has to be proved
Tougher rules for investigating rape cases include men accused of rape having to prove that their victim agreed to having sexual activity with them.  Read more...

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Senior judge warns that Internet porn is fulling violent and sexual crime (28 January 2015)

The Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas has warned that extreme forms of online pornography are encouraging people to commit rape and murder.  Read more...

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Looking Beneath the Surface: Identifying the Victims of Modern Slavery (28 January 2015)

Eleri Haf Davies of the Duncan Lewis Public Law team examines the global issue of human trafficking drawing on the example of the "Football Slave Trade".  Read more...

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Cosmetic surgery industry gives itself a makeover with more regulation of surgeons (28 January 2015)

The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has said that cosmetic surgeons carrying out operations which are beyond their own speciality is “a big problem” – and is calling for more regulation of surgeons.  Read more...

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CPS publishes proposals for offering more support to witnesses in court (28 January 2015)

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Alison Saunders has published new proposals to offer witnesses giving evidence in court more help and support.  Read more...

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Asthma misdiagnosis rates may mean NHS patients are taking powerful drugs unnecessarily (28 January 2015)

NHS watchdog NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) has revealed that more than one million NHS patients may have been wrongly diagnosed and treated for asthma.  Read more...

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Man denies fraud charges relating to faith healing services (28 January 2015)

A man who posed as a devotee of Indian spiritual master Sai Baba – and who allegedly conned £650,000 out of people who became his followers – has denied charges of blackmail against him.  Read more...

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£2.9bn in unpaid child support “may be uncollectable” (28 January 2015)

Figures collated by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) show that there is £3.9 billion-worth of uncollected child maintenance payments outstanding, most of which may never be collected by the Child Support Agency.  Read more...

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Thetford man facing jail for £25,000 benefit fraud denies charges (28 January 2015)

A man from Thetford in Norfolk who wrongly claimed £25,000 in welfare benefits may be facing a jail sentence for benefit fraud.  Read more...

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Looking Beneath the Surface: Identifying the Victims of Modern Slavery (28 January 2015)

Slavery has existed since the birth of civilization and pre-dates any written record.   Read more...

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Father jailed for 11 years for GBH with intent on infant son (28 January 2015)

A father from the Wirral on Merseyside has been jailed for 11 years, after being convicted of violently shaking his baby son.  Read more...

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London, West Midlands and Greater Manchester “top hotspots” for child abduction (27 January 2015)

New figures from the charity Parents and Abducted Children Together (PACT) have revealed that in just one year, Greater Manchester Police have dealt with 66 cases of child abduction.  Read more...

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Postman jailed for 15 months and wife given community order for selling stolen goods online (27 January 2015)

A couple who netted more than £15,000 as a result of selling items on eBay which were stolen from the Royal Mail have been sentenced – with the husband receiving a 15-month prison sentence and the wife 120 hours of unpaid work.  Read more...

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Fears that “driving test fraud” could compromise road safety (27 January 2015)

New figures from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) have revealed that an increasing number of learner drivers are hiring “look-a-likes” to sit their driving test for them.
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More than 1,000 disclosures about violent partners under Clare’s Law (27 January 2015)

Police figures obtained by the Press Association under Freedom of Information requests have revealed that so far at least 1,335 disclosures under the domestic violence law Clare’s Law have been made to help protect women from violent partners.  Read more...

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Backlash over Home Office making Liverpool last post for final asylum appeals (26 January 2015)

Representatives for Liverpool Council are appearing in court today (26/01/15) over government plans to send approximately 1,000 failed asylum seekers to Liverpool every year so they can make a final appeal against deportation.  Read more...

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Tories may extend Right to Buy to housing association properties (26 January 2015)

The Conservative Party is proposing to extend Right to Buy to tenants of housing association properties as a key election pledge, The Telegraph reports.  Read more...

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Butcher prosecuted after teenage apprentice loses hand (26 January 2015)

A 16-year-old apprentice who lost a hand when it became trapped in machinery at a butcher’s where he worked has returned to work at the same shop with a prosthetic limb.  Read more...

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Children of parents who attempt suicide, “five times more likely” to make an attempt themselves (26 January 2015)

US researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pennsylvania have found that children with a parent who has made an attempt to take their own life have a higher risk for suicide.  Read more...

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Bailiffs fail again to evict cancer patient who claims bank blundered over mortgage repayments (26 January 2015)

Bailiffs trying to evict a cancer patient from his home were again thwarted in their efforts after 500 people surrounded the man’s home.  Read more...

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Cervical smear campaign launched on social media to highlight importance of getting tested to young women (26 January 2015)

The only dedicated cervical cancer charity in the UK has launched a campaign using social media to highlight a rise in the number of cases of cervical cancer among young women.  Read more...

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Armed Forces “more likely” to suffer mental health conditions like depression (26 January 2015)

Research by King’s College London has found that military personnel are more likely to suffer from mental health conditions such as stress and anxiety, compared with the general population.  Read more...

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DWP to share tenant data with social housing landlords (26 January 2015)

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced that from 13 February, it will share data about social housing tenants with social housing landlords to make Universal Credit simpler to administrate.  Read more...

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Merseyside Police sued after teenager is strip-searched “for own protection” (26 January 2015)

A teenager from Liverpool is suing Merseyside Police after officers insisted on carrying out a strip search on her “for her own protection”.  Read more...

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Arrests made in European distribution fraud case (26 January 2015)

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) have arrested two men in connection with European Distribution Fraud.  Read more...

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East London is UK hotspot for burglary (23 January 2015)

The postcode RM8 – Dagenham and Becontree – is the UK’s burglary hotspot, according to a survey by MoneySuperMarket.  Read more...

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Home ownership falling among under-35s (23 January 2015)

Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that home ownership among those aged under 35 has fallen sharply in the UK.  Read more...

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Call for public to download emergency app, which summons a medic in minutes (22 January 2015)

A neurosurgeon who invented an app with colleagues to alert medics to nearby emergencies is calling on the public to download the app so that it can continue.  Read more...

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£230,000 average cost of raising just one child from birth to 21 (22 January 2015)

New figures from the Centre for Economics and Business Research for LV= Liverpool Victoria insurance have shown that the cost of raising a child in Britain from birth to the age of 21 has soared to nearly £230,000 for the first time.  Read more...

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Dawn raid in south London takes gang off the streets, with 13 arrests (22 January 2015)

Police in London led by Southwark’s gangs unit and Operation Trident have smashed a drugs gang responsible for a spate of burglaries in southeast London.  Read more...

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Concern over cancer risk as women use their abdominal fat for cosmetic breast surgery (21 January 2015)

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (Baaps) has expressed concern over “fat transfer” cosmetic surgery, in which fat from the abdominal region is used in breast augmentation cosmetic surgery.
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HSE making enquiries into how school ceiling collapsed in morning assembly (21 January 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive are making enquiries into how a ceiling at a prep school in Chelsea collapsed during morning assembly on Monday (19/01/15).  Read more...

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Confusion over child protection rules for school staff (21 January 2015)

Tougher child protection enforcement is leading to hundreds of staff at primary schools being suspended from their jobs because they have a family connection with someone who has a criminal record, BBC News reports.  Read more...

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DPP updates guidance to prosecutors on questioning witnesses about sexual history (20 January 2015)

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Alison Saunders, has said that witnesses in court should be forewarned if the prosecution intends to question them in court about their previous bad character – or their sexual history.  Read more...

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Labour mental health taskforce to place child mental health first (20 January 2015)

Labour leader Ed Miliband is to pledge an end to neglect in children’s mental health services in the UK, if Labour wins the May General Election.  Read more...

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£2,000 fine for unregulated immigration adviser (20 January 2015)

Migrants to the UK are being warned to beware of bogus immigration firms, after a 36-year-old woman from Moldavia pleaded guilty to eight charges of providing unregulated immigration advice.  Read more...

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Doctors on trial for FGM surgery during childbirth (20 January 2015)

A doctor on trial for female genital mutilation (FGM) has denied one charge of carrying out the procedure on a woman, after she gave birth at the Whittington Hospital in north London.  Read more...

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CPS drops case against 76-year-old who painted fence with anti-vandal paint (20 January 2015)

A 76-year-old man has criticised the police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) after a case against him involving criminal damage was dropped – but not before £10,000 in Legal Aid had been racked up by the justice system.  Read more...

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IOM tells EU to step up and take responsibility for migrants fleeing war zones (19 January 2015)

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has issued an appeal to EU member states to do more to help with the huge numbers of refugees from Syria and other war zones, who are risking their lives crossing the Mediterranean to reach Europe.  Read more...

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West Midlands traffic officer on trial for causing death by careless driving (19 January 2015)

A West Midlands traffic officer has told a court that he felt the speed he was travelling at as he answered an immediate response call was legitimate – despite the act he failed to see a student on a pedestrian crossing until it was too late and ploughed into him, killing him.  Read more...

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London trust introduces smoking ban for secure mental health units (19 January 2015)

Camden and Islington Foundation Trust has become one of the first health trusts in the UK to stop offering supervised smoking for inpatients with severe mental health conditions.  Read more...

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Thomas Cook pays £5,000 compensation for Red Sea holiday illness (19 January 2015)

A couple who suffered from holiday food poisoning on a package holiday to Sharm el-Sheikh have been awarded £5,000 in compensation.  Read more...

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Woman scarred after cheek implants warns of the dangers of cosmetic surgery (19 January 2015)

A 53-year-old woman who had cosmetic fillers injected into her face was left fighting for her life after experiencing an adverse reaction to the chemicals used.  Read more...

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Suffolk town earmarked as new regional divorce centre (19 January 2015)

Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk could become one of the Ministry of Justice’s (MoJ) new regional divorce centres, after being earmarked as a new divorce centre for London and the southeast.  Read more...

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Couple jailed for £300,000 employment fraud (19 January 2015)

A co-conspirator of a former council chief has been jailed at Newham Crown Court in south London, after being convicted of operating an employment fraud scheme in which “ghost” employees were added to the council’s temporary staff lists – and a total of £300,000 in bogus wage payments was claimed for them.  Read more...

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MPs at loggerheads over asylum Bill requiring migrants to apply for leave to remain within three months of arrival in UK (19 January 2015)

Labour MPs have provoked a backlash against Conservative MP Christopher Chope’s Asylum (Time Limit) Bill – which would compel asylum seekers arriving in the UK to apply for leave to remain within three months.  Read more...

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West Yorkshire Police criticised for child protection failings (19 January 2015)

West Yorkshire Police have been criticised over failings in child protection services.  Read more...

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NSPCC says lenient sentence for child sex offence teacher shows gap in law (19 January 2015)

Child protection groups are calling for a change in sentencing review rules, after a 44-year-old married teacher received an 18-month suspended sentence for breaching a position of trust when he had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old pupil.  Read more...

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Legal action launched over miscarriage of justice compensation restrictions (19 January 2015)

A case against the Justice Secretary has been launched, after changes to the law left some of those wrongly convicted of crimes without compensation.  Read more...

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UK “lagging behind” in helping mental health patients access healthcare, social services and jobs (19 January 2015)

New research by the Economist Intelligence Unit has found that access to healthcare, social services and employment in the UK for people with severe mental illness mental is falling behind other EU countries.  Read more...

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Housing Association obtains six ASB against one family (19 January 2015)

Housing association Gloucester City Homes (GCH) has succeeded in obtaining six Anti-social Behaviour (ASB) injunctions against members of the same family at Gloucester Crown Court.  Read more...

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Second stepper home buyers on the move thanks to equity in starter homes (19 January 2015)

New research from Lloyds Bank has shown that more homeowners moved house in 2014 as a result of cashing in accumulated equity in their homes.  Read more...

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Private rental tenants paid 3% more rent on average during 2014 (19 January 2015)

Private sector rents rose by 3% in 2014, according to estate agents Your Move and Reeds Rains.  Read more...

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700 motorists caught breaking speed limit on M25 by stealth cameras (16 January 2015)

A new generation of traffic cameras introduced onto a stretch of the M25 in Kent has caught 700 motorists breaking the speed limit in just two months.  Read more...

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Mental health Code of Practice review due in April (16 January 2015)

The government has published a new code of practice for the Mental Health Act, which will come into force from April 2015.  Read more...

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Couple plead guilty to defrauding desperate migrants by offering bogus immigration services (16 January 2015)

A UK Border Agency officer has admitted two counts of conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office, after she read confidential immigration documents and passed the details onto her boyfriend – who was charging desperate migrants as much as £13,000 for legal advice.  Read more...

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Young offenders in gangs “suffer more psychological trauma than soldiers fighting in Afghanistan” (15 January 2015)

The Governor of Feltham Young Offenders’ Institute (YOI) Glenn Knight has told London Assembly Members that young adults caught up in gang violence on Britain’s streets suffer more trauma than soldiers who fought against the Taliban.  Read more...

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Use Legal Aid-funded mediation, Justice Minister urges divorcing couples (15 January 2015)

The Family Justice Minister Simon Hughes has appealed to divorcing couples to use Legal Aid-funded mediation rather than resorting to legal action in contested divorce cases.  Read more...

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Paramedics left man’s body at ambulance station to go off shift on time (15 January 2015)

A Coroner has ruled that the circumstances which followed a man’s death rather than just the death itself should form part of the inquest into the death of a 32-year-old man – whose body was kept at an ambulance station in Cambridgeshire overnight before another ambulance crew took the deceased man to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in the morning.  Read more...

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Supply teacher convicted of benefit fraud suspended from job till September (15 January 2015)

A supply teacher who claimed benefits while teaching at a primary school has been suspended until September by the General Teaching Council for Wales, after being told she could bring the profession into disrepute.  Read more...

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No failings in care found after mental health patient takes own life (14 January 2015)

An inquest has been told that a mental health patient who ended her life by jumping from the top floor of a multi-storey car park had left hospital on “red alert” for self-harming.
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Bookseller killed after shop sign falls from shop front (14 January 2015)

A bookseller has been killed after sustaining serious crush injuries when a sign from Waterstones bookshop in Blackpool became detached from a wall and fell on her.  Read more...

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Mental health “sticking plaster” due to be rolled out across Ireland (14 January 2015)

A mental health first aid training programme pioneered in Australia ten years ago is to be rolled out across Ireland.  Read more...

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Farmer prosecuted after cattle feed delivery driver is electrocuted (14 January 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a Salisbury farmer, after a self-employed HGV driver delivering cattle feed to his farm was electrocuted.  Read more...

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Gang culture at Feltham YOI, says Chief Inspector of Prisons (14 January 2015)

The Chief Inspector of Prisons Nick Hardwick has raised concerns over the safety of young inmates at Feltham Young Offenders’ Institution (YOI), after it was found that more than 48 separate gangs operate within the prison – with new inmates forced to join gangs as soon as they arrive.  Read more...

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Deprivation, Desperation & Degradation – The Plight of Refugees in France (14 January 2015)

France is a country at the forefront of the European Union, a founding member of the United Nations, and home to more millionaires than any other nation aside from only the United States and the United Kingdom. That being said, thousands of individuals attempt to flee France every month in the hope of reaching the United Kingdom.  Read more...

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Three-month suspended sentence for Pit Bull owners, after horrific dog attack on child (13 January 2015)

Newcastle Crown Court has handed a three-month suspended sentence to two women who admitted allowing a pair of American Pitbull terriers to be dangerously out of control in a public place.  Read more...

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London Chamber of Commerce calls for more foreign workers in UK – and relaxed immigration for non-EEA recruitment (13 January 2015)

Research by the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has revealed that just 28% of London businesses employ migrant workers from outside the UK – contrary to fears that Britain is being “swamped” by foreign workers.  Read more...

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Outcry over six-year jail term for new father who defended his own mother from abusive father (12 January 2015)

The mother of a 22-year-old man jailed for six years by Teesside Crown Court for a hammer attack on his abusive father has begged the court to release her son, saying that his actions saved her from another violent attack from her husband.  Read more...

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More than half support reintroduction of rent controls, poll reveals (12 January 2015)

A poll conducted by rental tenants^ campaign group Generation Rent as found that 59% of Britons support the reintroduction of rent controls, with only 6.8% of those polled opposing them. A total of 34% of those polled had no opinion, however, according to a report by social housing website 24Dash.com.  Read more...

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Local Authority tenants in arrears “rocket by nearly a quarter” in Wales (12 January 2015)

A new report by the Wales Audit Office has revealed that the number of social housing tenants in arrears in Wales has “rocketed” by 23.3% since the cap on benefits and the bedroom tax were introduced.  Read more...

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Government reveals areas for new Housing Zones for house building (12 January 2015)

The coalition government has announced a shortlist of 29 areas in England to become the country’s first ten Housing Zones, which will spearhead house building in the UK.  Read more...

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Islington households now £1,000 worse off after government cuts (12 January 2015)

The London Borough of Islington (LBI) is claiming that government cuts have impacted more on Islington than on any other council in the UK.  Read more...

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Mother gets new teeth, after dentist removed all teeth in upper jaw in shock surgery (12 January 2015)

A learning support assistant from London who visited her dentist to have new crowns fitted says she was horrified to find that all her upper teeth had been removed instead.  Read more...

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Highways Agency receives HSE sanction after traffic officer is killed at work (12 January 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued a Crown Censure to the Highways Agency, after a 59-year old traffic officer died after being struck by a car that was out-of-control on the M25.  Read more...

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40% of parents “worry about their child’s wellbeing and mental health” (12 January 2015)

A survey of parents by charity Action for Children has found that 40% of parents worry most about their children’s wellbeing – with mothers worrying more about their child’s mental health than fathers.  Read more...

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Former TV and radio presenter pleads guilty to benefit fraud (12 January 2015)

A former television presenter has been found guilty of a £65,000 benefit fraud.  Read more...

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Senior family judge calls for tax breaks to help prevent divorce (12 January 2015)

Senior judge and chairman of the Marriage Foundation think tank Sir Paul Coleridge has suggested that married couples who stay together should receive tax breaks for saving the taxpayer money on expensive divorce proceedings.  Read more...

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One in five families in UK “single parent households” (12 January 2015)

New figures from EU data agency Eurostat based on the 2011 Census show that the UK has the highest number of single-parent families out of Western European countries, with one in five families now headed up by a lone parent.  Read more...

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Kidney stone patient makes formal complaint about “traumatic” hospital treatment (11 January 2015)

A hospital patient treated for kidney stones at Kent and Canterbury Hospital has claimed that she was subjected to a catalogue of care failings – including finding a soiled dressing from a previous patient in her bed sheets after nurses told her to make her own bed.  Read more...

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Woman has nipples removed in botched cosmetic breast surgery (10 January 2015)

A woman who underwent botched breast surgery was left so badly injured that she had no nipples after her breasts developed necrotic tissue and began to rot.  Read more...

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Waste management company fined £160,000 after worker sustains life-changing injures (10 January 2015)

A waste management company which operates nationwide has been fined £160,000, after a worker suffered life-changing injuries after being crushed between a truck and a skip at a site in Essex.
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Rise in number of children held under immigration laws (9 January 2015)

Analysis of Home Office statistics by The Independent suggests that more than 600 children have been detained under immigration rules since the government said this practice had ended four years ago.
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Inquest into baby’s death hears paramedics did not use emergency “blue light” to hospital (9 January 2015)

An inquest has heard how a mother begged an ambulance crew and doctors to save her baby, after the infant collapsed after returning home from heart surgery.  Read more...

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Killer’s sentence cut after victim dies “because of time already spent in jail” (8 January 2015)

A man convicted of grievous bodily harm has had his sentence reduced after the man he assaulted died after two years in a coma.  Read more...

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Curbs to benefit abuse “must be within EU law” (8 January 2015)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has rejected proposals by Prime Minister David Cameron for a restriction on access to benefits for EU migrants coming to Britain.  Read more...

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Hungary’s treatment of asylum seekers: leashes, handcuffs, torture and a breach of Article 3 ECHR? (8 January 2015)

An oral permission hearing took place before the Court of Appeal in the case of HK (Sudan) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department (C4/2014/2424) on 3rd November 2014. This was considered by the Court of Appeal to be the lead case concerning a Third Country challenge to the decision of the Secretary of State for the Home Department to remove our client to Hungary.  Read more...

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£11,500 compensation for dental negligence, after patient is left with hole in cheek from abscess (8 January 2015)

A woman has received £11,500 from a dentist who X-rayed her cheek and prescribed antibiotics for a suspected abscess in 2011, only for the abscess to continue growing until it had invaded her sinuses and eaten through her cheek.  Read more...

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Cooling off in the pool could mean ingesting a cocktail of sweat, urine, caffeine, pharma products – and makeup (8 January 2015)

A US study which tested swimming pool water at public baths has found that water in many pools is contaminated with chemicals such as insect repellents and flame retardants – as well as caffeine and chemicals in cosmetics.  Read more...

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Mayor’s office launches London initiative to tackle FGM through targeting fathers (8 January 2015)

Fathers with daughters at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM) are being targeted in London under a new scheme to prevent cases of FGM in the capital.  Read more...

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Second Tory MP calls for anonymity for men accused of rape (7 January 2015)

Scotland Yard has confirmed that an investigation into rape allegations against a Conservative MP has been dropped with charges being brought because of lack of evidence.  Read more...

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Laser eye surgery patients expected to claim compensation over implants linked to sight problems (7 January 2015)

The Medicines Health Regulatory Authority (MHRA) has announced an investigation into a new artificial lens implanted into patients, which may have caused eye patients to lose their sight significantly or develop eyesight defects.  Read more...

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London Mayor announces funding for 4,000 new homes – when 42,000 may be needed every year (6 January 2015)

London Mayor Boris Johnson has announced a £225 million package to help families on middle or lower incomes get on the housing ladder in the capital.  Read more...

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Migrants being held in detention for up to five years, Home Office figures show (6 January 2015)

Figures from the Home Office show that many migrants to the UK are being kept in detention for years, while the Home Office decides if they can remain in the UK.  Read more...

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A&E services in crisis due to unprecedented demand (6 January 2015)

A&E services at local hospitals across the country are reporting exceptional levels of patient demand – with two hospitals declaring major incidents in A&E because of the number of patients attending departments after the New Year.  Read more...

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Rise in popularity of “co-parent” websites for “platonic parents” (5 January 2015)

An investigation by The Times has revealed that thousands of would-be parents are using websites to find a platonic partner with whom to have a child without any binding legal agreement between couples.  Read more...

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Court of Protection under fire after 72-year-old grandmother is jailed for hugging granddaughter (5 January 2015)

A grandmother who was jailed under Court of Protection rules for hugging her granddaughter has celebrated her release from prison over the New Year.  Read more...

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Government crackdown on “bogus” jobs which allow entry to UK (5 January 2015)

Immigration and Security Minister James Brokenshire has announced a crackdown on bogus jobs in the UK, used to sponsor illegal migrants to come to Britain.  Read more...

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Monday 5 January is “divorce day”, say family lawyers (5 January 2015)

Monday, 5 January has this year been nicknamed “Divorce Day”, after divorce lawyers saw a spike in the number of enquiries about divorce before and over the festive season.  Read more...

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Police offer six New Year’s resolutions to keep offenders out of court in 2015 (5 January 2015)

West Midlands Police have unveiled six suggested New Year^s resolutions for criminals and the public, by uploading CCTV clips of crimes to the force’s police website.  Read more...

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DWP pilots men-only parenting classes (5 January 2015)

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is piloting parenting classes specifically for fathers in six areas of the UK where there is a high incidence of single parent families.  Read more...

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Desperate refugees now booking their passage to Europe via Facebook (5 January 2015)

Several ships carrying desperate migrants across the Mediterranean have been abandoned to their fate by people traffickers in the last month alone, it has emerged – with some of the migrants claiming that they booked a place on board the vessels using Facebook.  Read more...

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Mortgage approval rates fall again (5 January 2015)

Figures from the Bank of England show that mortgage approval rates continue to fall, suggesting an ongoing slowdown in the property market.
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Plumber dies from electric shock, after using chemcial to unblock drain (5 January 2015)

London Fire Brigade have confirmed that a man who died at a block of flats in New Cross, southeast London on New Year’s Day (01/01/15) died after receiving an electric shock.  Read more...

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Nurse pleads guilty to £17,000 fraud involving shifts she did not work (5 January 2015)

A senior nurse has pleaded guilty to five counts of fraud at Cardiff Crown Court, after falsely claiming £17,000 for overtime and weekend shifts she did not work.  Read more...

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Judge criticised for telling a Polish migrant in court to stop stealing and claim benefits (5 January 2015)

A judge has been criticised for telling a Polish migrant in court on charges of shoplifting to stop stealing and claim benefits.  Read more...

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1m mental health patients may end up in A&E, says former LibDem health minister (5 January 2015)

Former Liberal Democrat health minister Paul Burstow has said that if mental health admissions in A&E departments continue at their current level, more than one million mental health patients could end up being treated in A&E departments this winter.  Read more...

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BMA backlash against government’s 24/7 NHS plans (5 January 2015)

The British Medical Association (BMA) has said that making the NHS a 24/7 service could jeopardise patient safety.  Read more...

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Company directors prosecuted after young worker is tragically killed on first day at work (5 January 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted company directors William Friend and Robert Plume of Wedgewood Buildings Ltd, after a 20-year-old employee was killed on his first day of work when a dumper truck overturned on him.  Read more...

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Liverpool landlord blames course fee increases for student housing business going bust (2 January 2015)

The chief executive of Liverpool Council Ged Fitzgerald is being inundated with complaints from overseas investors about a Liverpool landlord who develops properties to rent accommodation “pods” to students.  Read more...

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Couples under pressure at Christmas “may divorce in New Year” (2 January 2015)

Relationship and marriage counselling service Relate has said that the stress of the festive season and pressures of debt lead to many couples deciding to separate once the festivities are over.  Read more...

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