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Psychoactive Substances Act receives Royal Assent (29 January 2016)

A new law to tackle psychoactive substance has received Royal Assent – the landmark Bill is intended to end the trade in harmful psychoactive substances.  Read more...

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Directors of claims company disqualified following Insolvency Service investigation (29 January 2016)

The Insolvency Service has investigated three company directors, who were subsequently disqualified for five years each, after it was found they had made retrospective accounting transactions to convert withdrawals from the company into salary, in order to avoid the repayment of the balance of their director’s loan accounts.  Read more...

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MHRA warns dentists not to risk patient health by using counterfeit dental equipment (29 January 2016)

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has seized more than 100 counterfeit and non-compliant items of dental equipment from 14 dentist surgeries, mainly in the southeast.  Read more...

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New report suggests “Brexit” might lead to UK attracting more skilled workers (28 January 2016)

A new report by Migration Watch UK has found that a British exit from the EU could reduce net migration by 100,000 a year – but might also lead to more skilled workers coming to the UK.  Read more...

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Government awards £200,000 to help more women turn away from crime (28 January 2016)

The Ministry of Justice has announced that four areas in England have been awarded funding to help more women turn away from crime.  Read more...

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School fined £140,000 after pupil is paralysed in swing collapse (28 January 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a school, after a pupil was permanently paralysed when a swing collapsed.  Read more...

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Convicted child sex offender given three years in jail after Court of Appeal overturns suspended sentence (28 January 2016)

A convicted child sex offender has been sentenced to three years in jail after the Court of Appeal overturned his original suspended sentence.   Read more...

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Company fined £12,000, after young worker suffers cement burns (27 January 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a building products manufacturer, after a worker suffered serious cement burns on his first day of work.  Read more...

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Court of Appeal overturns suspended sentence for rapist – and imposes three-year jail term (27 January 2016)

A convicted rapist has been sentenced to three years in jail, after the Court of Appeal overturned his suspended sentence.  Read more...

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Government releases details of 600 acres of public sector land for new homes (27 January 2016)

The government is to make available for purchase 600 acres of surplus public sector land for new homes.  Read more...

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West Midlands-based directors disqualified after VAT fraud investigation (27 January 2016)

The directors of a company based in the West Midlands have been disqualified, after an investigation by the Insolvency Service into VAT fraud.  Read more...

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Three companies prosecuted after construction worker is injured in fall from height (26 January 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted three companies after a construction worker was injured after falling from height.
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Drug smuggler’s sentence increased by five years at Court of Appeal (26 January 2016)

The Court of Appeal has increased the sentence of a convicted drug smuggler by five years.  Read more...

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£30m to support refugees arriving in Europe in winter (26 January 2016)

International Development Secretary Justine Greening has announced a £30 million support package for refugees arriving in Europe in winter.  Read more...

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Ealing Council prosecutes landlords over illegal and dangerous housing (26 January 2016)

Ealing Council has prosecuted two landlords for ailing to comply with notices and orders to make safe illegal private rented properties which were dangerous.  Read more...

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Glazing firm prosecuted after worker sustains life changing head injury in fall (25 January 2016)

A glazing firm has been prosecuted by the Health and safety Executive (HSE), after a worker fell from the roof of a van and sustained severe head injuries.  Read more...

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HSE prosecutes company director after worker is injured in fall (25 January 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a sash restoration company, after a worker fell three metres through an unprotected skylight.  Read more...

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Border Force seize £1.6m drug haul before Christmas (25 January 2016)

Border Force officers have seized drugs with a street value of £1.6 million at a parcel depot in Tamworth, Staffordshire.  Read more...

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HSE prosecutes two companies after workers are injured when cold store collapses (25 January 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted two companies over safety failings, which led to two workers being seriously injured at a construction site when a cold store collapsed under them.  Read more...

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NHS Litigation Authority prosecuted after pensioner falls to death after leaving health centre (25 January 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted the NHS Litigation Authority, after an 82-year-old man fell 12 feet to his death from an elevated walkway outside a health centre.  Read more...

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Welsh Government consults on three-year plan to improve mental health services in Wales (25 January 2016)

Welsh Government Health and Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford has announced a new three-year plan to improve mental health services in Wales.  Read more...

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Insurance Fraud Task suggests new measures to tackle insurance fraud (25 January 2016)

The Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Harriett Baldwin, and Minster of State for Justice, Lord Faulks, have welcomed a series of recommendations to tackle insurance fraud.  Read more...

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Drug gang jailed for more than 90 years (25 January 2016)

The eleventh member of a drug gang operating in the Didcot area of Oxford has been jailed for four years and eight months at Oxford Crown Court.  Read more...

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New Act will improve lives of one million tenants, says Welsh Government (25 January 2016)

The Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 has received Royal Assent – and as a result, the legislation will improve the lives of the one million people in Wales who rent their home, says the Welsh Government.  Read more...

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Brent Council praised for “best practice” gang crime policy (25 January 2016)

Brent Council has bee praised for its work in tackling gang-related crime, as the Home Office launches a new policy on ending gang violence and exploitation.  Read more...

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North Lincolnshire Council supports project to house homeless young adults in Scunthorpe (25 January 2016)

North Lincolnshire Council is contributing £175,000 towards a project to provide accommodation for vulnerable and young people through the Scunthorpe town centre housing project.  Read more...

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Gateshead Council prosecutes brother and sister over counterfeit tobacco sales (25 January 2016)

Gateshead Council has prosecuted a brother and sister for counterfeit tobacco sales.  Read more...

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Hartlepool Council calls special meeting with NHS trust over axing of fertility services (25 January 2016)

The North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust has been called to a special meeting in Hartlepool on 5 February, to explain why the trust is ceasing to provide key fertility services in the town.  Read more...

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Cambridgeshire responds to council’s selection for DfE Partners in Practice Innovation Programme (25 January 2016)

Cambridgeshire County Council has responded to the announcement that it has been selected as a pilot authority in the Department For Education’s (DfE) Partners in Practice Innovation Programme, saying that the news re-affirms the council’s position as one of the best-performing authorities for children’s services in the country.  Read more...

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Ealing Council and police seize more than 47,000 counterfeit goods in one raid (25 January 2016)

Ealing Council in west London has seized thousands of potentially dangerous and counterfeit items – including hoverboards, toys and cosmetics – in a joint operation with the police.  Read more...

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Manchester NHS rolls out seven-day GP services (22 January 2016)

Alistair Burt MP has called the introduction of a new seven-day service by Manchester GPs “great news” for the city.  Read more...

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Hit-and-run driver has sentence increased (22 January 2016)

A hit-and-run driver who caused the death of a student in Coventry has had his prison sentence increased at the Court of Appeal.  Read more...

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Policing and Crime Bill to give volunteers greater powers, without taking on special constable role (21 January 2016)

The Home Secretary has announced that police volunteers will be given greater powers without taking on the role of special constable.  Read more...

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Sentence doubled for man who killed girlfriend in horrific, drunken attack (21 January 2016)

A man from North London has had his sentence for manslaughter doubled, after killing his girlfriend in a drunken rage.  Read more...

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Work begins on first UK proton beam therapy centre in Wales (21 January 2016)

Work has officially begun on the UK’s first Proton Beam Therapy centre in Newport, South Wales.  Read more...

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Darlington man prosecuted for fly tipping (20 January 2016)

Darlington Borough Council has prosecuted a local man for fly tipping, after loose syringes, used surgical swabs and steroid packaging was found on a bridle path.  Read more...

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Environment Agency spot checks lead to investigation of 26 vehicles carrying waste (20 January 2016)

The Environment Agency is working with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), local councils and HMRC on Operation Salamander, to stop and spot check vehicles carrying waste in Thurrock in Essex, North Greenwich in London and Bushy in Hertfordshire.  Read more...

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Change in law to ensure courts and councils pursue adoption when in a child’s best interest (20 January 2016)

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has confirmed that a change in the law will mean courts and councils will always pursue adoption when it is considered in a child’s interest.  Read more...

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Ofsted asks service users and providers for feedback on children’s care services (20 January 2016)

Ofsted has launched point-in-time questionnaires for social care services, to enable users to give their views on children’s homes, fostering services, adoption agencies, adoption support agencies or residential family centres up to 3 April 2016.  Read more...

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£20m fund to help new migrants speak English (19 January 2016)

The Prime Minister has announced a £20 million fund to ensure that men and women who come to the UK on spouse visas learn how to speak English.  Read more...

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Screening for cervical and bowel cancer updated (19 January 2016)

The UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) has published a number of recommendations on screening for bowel cancer and other conditions.  Read more...

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Government set to transform children’s social work to improve standards (19 January 2016)

Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan MP has unveiled plans to transform children^s social work, including discussing plans for a new social work body to improve standards in the profession.  Read more...

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Wolverhampton campaigns to recruit more foster families (19 January 2016)

The City of Wolverhampton is launching a campaign to attract more foster carers, featuring a new Fostering for Wolverhampton bus as part of a road show which will tour different parts of the city between 25 January and 29 January.  Read more...

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Contractor prosecuted for cold calling elderly homeowners and offering work at inflated prices (19 January 2016)

A rogue trader whose gang cold called elderly homeowners to persuade them to have work carried out on their homes at inflated prices has been prosecuted at Bodmin Magistrates Court.  Read more...

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Minister supports UN Plan of Action to prevent violent extremism (19 January 2016)

Foreign Office Minister Baroness Anelay has called the UN Secretary General’s Plan of Action to prevent violent extremism “a welcome and timely contribution” in the fight against terrorism.  Read more...

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Wigan’s “Empty to Plenty” housing scheme offers lifeline to those needing affordable housing (18 January 2016)

Wigan Council is taking steps to solve the housing crisis with a scheme called Empty to Plenty, under which empty properties across Wigan Borough have been brought back to life – and have given a vital lifeline to many residents in need of affordable housing.  Read more...

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Wiltshire Council launches amnesty for tenants who are illegally subletting (18 January 2016)

Wiltshire Council is currently holding an amnesty for tenants who are subletting their homes illegally.  Read more...

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Motorist prosecuted for assault on Civil Enforcement Officer (18 January 2016)

A motorist has been prosecuted, after he assaulted a Civil Enforcement Officer (CEO) in the London Borough of Bexley.  Read more...

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Housing shortage “fuelled by lack of construction workers” and unimplemented planning permissions (18 January 2016)

A new study commissioned by the Local Government Association (LGA) and carried out by industry experts Glenigan shows there are a record 475,647 homes in England which have been given planning permission, but have yet to be built.  Read more...

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Cornwall Council children’s home rated “outstanding” by Ofsted (18 January 2016)

A report by Ofsted inspectors has praised the standard of care given by staff at Cornwall’s Council’s Pathways children’s home, calling the children’s home “outstanding”.  Read more...

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Tower Hamlets awarded £65,000 to help domestic violence victims (18 January 2016)

The community safety team at Tower Hamlets local authority has been awarded nearly £65,000 in additional funding to help support victims of domestic violence and abuse.  Read more...

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Welsh Government raises concerns that court closures will affect access to justice (18 January 2016)

Analysis by the Welsh Government has raised concerns that UK Government courts closure proposals will damage access to justice in Wales.  Read more...

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Brent Council prosecute five traders over illegal tobacco products (18 January 2016)

Brent Council has revealed that in just one day in the run up to Christmas, the council secured five convictions in three separate cases involving illegal cigarettes.  Read more...

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Truro woman fined over Council Tax benefit fraud (18 January 2016)

A woman from Truro in Cornwall who was overpaid £1,000 in Council Tax Support after she falsified payslips has been prosecuted for benefit fraud.  Read more...

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Wolverhampton Council offers advice to carers on the Care Act (18 January 2016)

The City of Wolverhampton Council^s Carer Support Team is organising workshops to help carers understand the impact that the Care Act might have on people who look after a friend or relative.  Read more...

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South London boroughs appoint new housing and employment “tsar” (18 January 2016)

The South London Partnership (SLP) has appointed a new housing and employment tsar to represent five London boroughs in lobbying the government on transport and infrastructure, people and skills and business and enterprise.  Read more...

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Buckinghamshire campaign to support men with mental health anxieties (18 January 2016)

Buckinghamshire County Council has launched a local mental health campaign, which aims to prompt men to recognise if they are feeling low and to take action.  Read more...

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LGA responds to government announcement of additional funding for mental health (18 January 2016)

The Local Government Association (LGA) has responded to the government’s announcement on additional funding for mental health services.  Read more...

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Buckinghamshire Council backs recommendations on tackling child sexual exploitation (18 January 2016)

Buckinghamshire County Council has backed the majority of recommendations on child sexual exploitation (CSE), after a council scrutiny body carried out a lengthy review of practices across all organisations working with children and young people in the county.  Read more...

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National alert over dangerous skin lightening creams (18 January 2016)

The Local Government Association (LGA) is warning consumers to be wary of skin lightening creams, which may increase the risk of skin cancer.
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Welsh Government announces £22m fund to help support vulnerable children, adults and older people (15 January 2016)

The Welsh Government has awarded a grant of nearly £22 million to organisations in Wales, to help support vulnerable children, adults and older people.  Read more...

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School prosecuted after chemistry technician suffers life changing injuries in explosion (15 January 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a school, after a chemistry laboratory technician lost parts of three fingers and sustained a serious internal injury, while preparing a highly sensitive explosive for use in a “fireworks” demonstration to a class of children.  Read more...

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Birmingham wholesaler prosecuted for selling defective produce (15 January 2016)

A Birmingham-based wholesaler has been prosecuted for selling defective fruit and vegetables, following an investigation by the Rural Payments Agency’s (RPA) Horticultural Marketing Inspectors (HMI).  Read more...

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Companies prosecuted after worker suffers life changing electrocution injuries (14 January 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted two companies, after a construction worker suffered life changing injuries when he received an electric shock from an overhead power line.  Read more...

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Youth Justice Board takes action to safeguard children at secure training centres (14 January 2016)

Action has been taken by the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales to safeguard young people at secure training centres, as a result of BBC Panorama investigation raising concerns about the safety of children at secure training centres.  Read more...

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Government announces new policy to tackle violent crime and gang crime (14 January 2016)

The Minister for Preventing Abuse and Exploitation, Karen Bradley, has announced a new policy to tackle gang violence and exploitation.  Read more...

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Sentence increase for “repeat offender” burglar (14 January 2016)

A burglar from Brighton has had his prison sentence increased, after a referral to the Court of Appeal by Solicitor General Robert Buckland QC MP.  Read more...

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Shropshire Council fined after vulnerable day care patient chokes to death (14 January 2016)

Shropshire Council has been prosecuted after a vulnerable 53-year-old day care patient choked to death at a council care centre.  Read more...

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Changes to new visa, immigration and nationality application and service fees (13 January 2016)

The government has announced proposals for new visa, immigration and nationality application and service fees for 2016-2017.   Read more...

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Funding for relationship support doubled to £70m (13 January 2016)

The Prime Minister has pledged for support for families, including the doubling of government funding for relationship support to £70 million.  Read more...

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Leeds bar prosecuted for serious breach of health and safety (13 January 2016)

The owners of a bar in central Leeds have been prosecuted for serious failings in health and safety.  Read more...

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£7.2m fund to help mental health patients back into work in Wales (12 January 2016)

The Welsh Government has said that a £7.2 million EU-backed funding programme will help up to 6,000 people recovering from substance misuse and mental health conditions into employment.  Read more...

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Government announced £1bn package for mental health services (12 January 2016)

The government has announced a revolution in mental health services, with nearly one £1 billion in investment in mental health.  Read more...

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Government to regenerate sink estates and build safe and affordable homes (12 January 2016)

The Prime Minister has pledged to improve some of the country’s most needy sink housing estates and replace rundown homes with “attractive and safe” housing and affordable homes.  Read more...

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£683,000 confiscation order for Lincolnshire trader in fake goods (12 January 2016)

Lincoln Crown Court has sentenced a man to repay £683,144.00 under a confiscation order, after he was convicted of selling counterfeit goods.
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Worcestershire council leaders to make formal bid to take Syrian refugees (11 January 2016)

Council leaders across Worcestershire have agreed to make a formal bid to the Home Office to relocate Syrian refugees across the county.  Read more...

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Guildford Lettings Accreditation scheme expands to cover more than 650 properties (11 January 2016)

Guildford Borough Council says that the number of local landlords gaining the seal of approval in the Guildford Lettings Accreditation scheme is increasing, with a total of 56 landlords and letting agents accredited in the voluntary scheme, covering around 660 properties.  Read more...

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Community order for Middlesbrough landlord who illegally evicted family (11 January 2016)

A Middlesbrough landlord has narrowly avoided jail, after admitting illegally evicting a family.  Read more...

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Suspended sentence for £19,000 benefit fraud (11 January 2016)

Selby District Council in North Yorkshire has successfully prosecuted a Tadcaster woman for benefit fraud, after she failed to declare to the council and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) that she had money in undisclosed bank accounts exceeding the capital limit for Housing and Council Tax Benefit.  Read more...

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Chancellor visits Nottinghamshire Police Force and emphasises commitment to more funding to beat terrorism (11 January 2016)

Chancellor George Osborne has told Nottinghamshire Police Force that in the light of national security concerns, it is time to back the police and give police forces the tools they need to tackle crime and protect the British public.  Read more...

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Suspended sentences for Wolverhampton motorists who breached road racing injunction (11 January 2016)

A driver and his passenger have been convicted of breaching an injunction banning car cruising in the Black Country.  Read more...

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Birmingham burger bar fined £13,000 for food safety and hygiene offences (11 January 2016)

A fast food restaurant in Birmingham has been ordered to pay £13,389, after pleading guilty to four offences under the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013.  Read more...

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Priory Group awarded Birmingham contract to run children’s homes (11 January 2016)

Birmingham City Council has announced that young people in Birmingham have helped decide who will run their children’s homes, after the council awarded a contract to Priory Group, a leading provider of behavioural care in the UK.  Read more...

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Calls for public involvement in consultation on Wolverhampton council’s child care proposals (11 January 2016)

The City of Wolverhampton Council is calling for comments on a consultation on children’s services due to end on 15 February.  Read more...

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Minister visits Harlow Citizen’s Advice in support of domestic abuse campaign (11 January 2016)

The Minister for Preventing Abuse and Exploitation Karen Bradley has visited Essex to talk to staff and volunteers at Harlow’s Citizens Advice about their campaign to encourage both victims and witnesses in domestic violence cases to talk about the crime.  Read more...

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£15,000 fine for contractors who misled elderly customer (11 January 2016)

Dorset County Council Trading Standards have prosecuted a plumbing and drainage company for making misleading claims.  Read more...

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Police officer receives final written warning over derogatory and homophobic remarks (11 January 2016)

A police officer based at Mansfield in Nottinghamshire has received a final written warning after a misconduct hearing.  Read more...

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Immigration Minister warns landlords to get ready for right to rent (11 January 2016)

Immigration Minister James Brokenshire has warned landlords to prepare for the new right to rent check due to come into force from 1 February.  Read more...

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Southwark Council finds poor maintenance and bungled building works in programme to check every rented property in borough (11 January 2016)

Southwark Council in southeast London says it has uncovered a catalogue of planning breaches and poor building and maintenance work during a three-year programme of checking rented property in the borough.  Read more...

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Charitable trust and contractor prosecuted over asbestos management failure (8 January 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a charitable trust and a contractor employed by the trust for safety failings, after asbestos was disturbed and work in a building was allowed to continue.  Read more...

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Three jailed for domestic abuse of woman kept as slave (8 January 2016)

Nottingham Crown Court has sentenced a man to prison, after he repeatedly assaulted a woman with learning difficulties for more than two years.  Read more...

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Tameside housing trust prosecuted after worker has finger and thumb amputated (8 January 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Tameside housing trust, after a worker suffered severe injuries to his left hand when it was struck by a metal blade on a ride-on mower he was trying to unblock.  Read more...

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Thames Water fined £1m for polluting Grand Union Canal (7 January 2016)

Thames Water Utilities Limited (Thames Water) has been fined a record-breaking £1 million, after being prosecuted by the Environment Agency for polluting the Grand Union Canal.  Read more...

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Pilot scheme to expand Treasury Counsel working on Unduly Lenient Sentences appeals (7 January 2016)

The Attorney General Jeremy Wright QC MP has announced the launch of a pilot programme to allow a wider range of prosecutors to conduct appeals into Unduly Lenient Sentences (ULS) on behalf of the government.  Read more...

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£50,000 fine for Cheshire company after worker loses finger (7 January 2016)

A Cheshire company has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an employee lost a finger in an incident involving an unguarded planer.  Read more...

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Better Case Management launched to deliver “speedier justice” (7 January 2016)

The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) has launched an initiative to deliver speedier justice, with a Better Case Management Crown Court rollout from Tuesday (05/01/16).  Read more...

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Home Office to launch two-year visitor visa for Chinese nationals (7 January 2016)

Immigration Minister James Brokenshire MP has announced a new, two-year visitor visa for Chinese nationals, to be launched by the Home Office on Monday (11/01/16).  Read more...

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Home Secretary says police and security services must have the resources they need to prevent terrorism (6 January 2016)

Home Secretary Theresa May has told the House of Commons that it is imperative that the police and security services have the resources and the powers they need to keep the UK safe from terrorist attacks.  Read more...

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Contractor fined after worker is hit by bus while laying pipe under road (6 January 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a contractor for failing to maintain a safe place of work, after an employee was struck by a bus while laying a pipe under a road surface.  Read more...

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Eleven-year jail sentence for Berkshire man convicted of attempted murder (6 January 2016)

Reading Crown Court has jailed a man for 11 years after he was convicted of the attempted murder of another man in Thatcham.  Read more...

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Local authorities share £6.3m fund to kick start house building (6 January 2016)

The government has announced that Housing Zones around the country are to receive funding to kick-start work on building up to 34,000 new homes.  Read more...

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Over 3,770 Migrants Have Died Trying to Cross the Mediterranean to Europe in 2015 (5 January 2016)

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) estimates that, more than 3,770 migrants died attempting to cross the Mediterranean to Europe in 2015 – making last year the deadliest year on record for migrants and refugees trying to reach Europe via the Mediterranean.  Read more...

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Government announces £1.2bn fund to build 30,000 affordable Starter Homes (5 January 2016)

The Prime Minister has announced that the government is to directly commission thousands of new affordable homes, beginning with 13,000 Starter Homes on underused brownfield sites.  Read more...

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Retired headmaster and chaplain handed prison sentences for historical sex abuse (5 January 2016)

Leeds Crown Court has sentenced two men aged 75 and 69 for historical sex offences against boys in their care between 1970 and 1991.  Read more...

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Swansea team poised to bio-print body parts for those who have suffered facial trauma (5 January 2016)

Plastic surgeons at the Welsh centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery at Morriston Hospital in Swansea are working with engineers and scientists to develop for the first time 3-D printed tissue made from human cells.  Read more...

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Home Office publishes guidance on right to rent checks (4 January 2016)

The Home Office has published guidance for landlords on Right to rent immigration checks: landlords^ code of practice.  Read more...

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Trading Standards warns stores on selling knives to underage customers in Bedfordshire (4 January 2016)

Bedfordshire Council Trading Standards have warned shops to make sure they check young customers’ ages, after two out the five stores visited during a recent test-purchasing exercise sold knives to teenage girls.  Read more...

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Essex County Council pledges help to Syrian refugees (4 January 2016)

Essex County Council leader Councillor David Finch has said that the county will continue to play its part in supporting Syrian refugees arriving in the UK.  Read more...

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Welsh Ambulance Service figures show targets are being achieved (4 January 2016)

New figures published by the Welsh Ambulance Service on 30 December show that services are on target for patients most in need – with the standard emergency ambulance response for the most acutely ill patients being five minutes and 30 seconds during November.  Read more...

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MoJ updates public info family mediation leaflet for supporters of separating families (4 January 2016)

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has updated its family mediation public information leaflet online.  Read more...

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PLC charged under Bribery Act for activities in Middle East (4 January 2016)

The Sweett Group PLC has pleaded guilty at Southwark Crown Court to an offence under Section 7 of the Bribery Act 2010, relating to conduct in the Middle East.  Read more...

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Former CEO ordered to repay £632,000 under POCA (4 January 2016)

The former CEO of JJB Sports PLC has been ordered to pay a Confiscation Order of £632,662.31 under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) by a judge at Southwark Crown Court.  Read more...

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MHRA warns dieters not to buy slimming pills online (4 January 2016)

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is New Year dieters to be aware of the dangers of buying diet pills online.  Read more...

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Insurers to pass on savings from preventing fraudulent whiplash claims (4 January 2016)

Insurers have vowed to give motorists up to £1 billion annually in savings made as a result of government measures to prevent fraudulent whiplash claims.  Read more...

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Government considers review of overseas domestic workers’ visas commissioned to tackle modern slavery (4 January 2016)

The government has published the findings of a review into whether the current arrangements for the overseas domestic workers’ visas are appropriate, given the government’s commitment to tackling modern slavery in Britain.  Read more...

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Single Resolution Mechanism fully in force from January to prevent future banking crises in eurozone (4 January 2016)

The Single Resolution Mechanism (SRM) became fully operational on 1 January 2016, in order to bolster the resilience of the financial system –
and help avoid future crises by providing for the timely and effective resolution of cross-border and domestic banks in EU member states.  Read more...

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Charity Commission tackles charities which fail to submit adequate accounts (4 January 2016)

The Charity Commission has said that nearly one-third of charities’ accounts filed are of “unacceptable quality” – and has launched a New Year campaign this January targeting charities in default.  Read more...

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