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Rent Smart Wales aims to drive up standards in private sector (30 November 2015)

Welsh Assembly Housing Minister Lesley Griffiths has said that Wales is leading the way in driving up standards in the private rental sector.
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Criminal record for landlord who unlawfully evicted tenant (30 November 2015)

A professional landlord has pleaded guilty to unlawfully evicting a tenant, who was left homeless as a result.  Read more...

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Southwark Council launches New Homes Design Guide for council houses (30 November 2015)

Southwark Council in south London has launched its own design guide in its bid to create 11,000 new council homes over the next 30 years.  Read more...

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Over £250,000 in fines for dumping more than 60,000 tonnes of construction waste (30 November 2015)

The Environment Agency has prosecuted three businessmen for illegally dumping more than 60,000 tonnes of waste on two farms near Callington in Cornwall.  Read more...

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Liverpool gang jailed for total of 101 years for aggravated burglary and wounding (30 November 2015)

A five-member gang from Liverpool has been jailed for a total of 101 years for their parts in a domestic robbery, during which two men were subjected to extreme violence and the pet dog of one of the victims was stabbed.  Read more...

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12-week suspended sentence for fly tipping on Gateshead bridle path (30 November 2015)

A County Durham man who admitted fly tipping on a scenic bridal path in Gateshead has been given a suspended prison sentence – and ordered to pay more than £1,400 in court costs and compensation.  Read more...

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North Lincolnshire Council continues White Ribbon campaign to prevent domestic violence (30 November 2015)

North Lincolnshire Council has again joined forces with Humberside Police and Scunthorpe United Football Club this year, to help put a stop to violence against women.  Read more...

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Welsh government acts on homelessness as a result of alcohol misuse (27 November 2015)

Welsh Assembly Deputy Health Minister Vaughan Gething has said that alcohol misuse is one of the main causes of people becoming homeless.  Read more...

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12-year disqualification for company director who diverted funds and “abandoned” company’s pensioners (27 November 2015)

A company director has been disqualified for 12 years from acting as a director for failing to make sure the company met its obligations to the Carrington Wire Limited (CWL) Defined Benefit Pension Scheme – and causing a dormant company to facilitate a series of transactions which enabled an unconnected Russian company to avoid its liabilities to the CWL pension scheme.  Read more...

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Shadow director given 8-year ban for directing monies to associate company (26 November 2015)

The shadow director of a company has been disqualified from holding a directorship for eight years, after directing £84,444 to an associated company.  Read more...

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Welsh government’s Renting Homes Bill “will benefit 1m people” (26 November 2015)

The lives of one million people who live in rented accommodation in Wales will be improved as a result of legislation passed in the Welsh Assembly (WA) Senedd in November, says the Welsh government.  Read more...

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More help for homebuyers in Chancellor’s Autumn Statement – but Stamp Duty increase for second homes (26 November 2015)

The government has announced a number of measures to help people into home ownership under the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement and Spending Review, announced on Wednesday (25/1/15).  Read more...

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Ofsted annual child care survey gives a voice to children living in foster care or children’s homes (25 November 2015)

Ofsted has for the first time highlighted the findings of its annual survey of children living in children’s homes and foster care.  Read more...

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Barnet Council supports International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November 2015)

Barnet Council is supporting White Ribbon Week to raise awareness of and eliminate violence against women.  Read more...

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Ealing Council crack down on Blue Badge fraud (25 November 2015)

A crack down on Blue Badge fraud by Ealing Council has resulted in 26 badges being used fraudulently being seized since July.  Read more...

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Stonemason prosecuted for failing to protect workers from silica and hand-arm vibration injuries (25 November 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted the owner of a stone masonry company for failing to protect the health of his workers – and exposing them to the preventable risk of suffering life-changing conditions.  Read more...

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Former shopkeeper prosecuted over selling alcohol to children and storing fireworks without a licence (25 November 2015)

A former Derbyshire shopkeeper has been fined £1,458 for selling alcohol to a person under the age of 18 and storing fireworks without a storage licence.  Read more...

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Old Bailey sentences drugs gang to more than 25 years in jail (24 November 2015)

The Old Bailey has sentenced two Essex men to more than 25 years in jail for a major drug smuggling operation.  Read more...

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Harrow Council prosecutes two shops breaches of tobacco sales regulations (24 November 2015)

Harrow Council’s Trading Standards team has prosecuted two businesses in Harrow for selling cigarettes to children and not displaying health warnings.  Read more...

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Wandsworth Council prosecutes landlord and managing agent over failure to obtain HMO licence (24 November 2015)

Wandsworth Council has prosecuted a landlord and his managing agent for failing to declare they were operating a number of bedsits at an address in Tooting, south London.  Read more...

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London council to ban lorries parking overnight in residential streets (24 November 2015)

Hounslow Council is to introduce an overnight parking ban on lorries weighing more than 5 tonnes, following complaints from residents.  Read more...

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Building company prosecuted for not supplying correct eye protection (24 November 2015)

A Northampton-based building company has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after a worker sustained permanent damage to their eye as a result of not being provided with the proper safety equipment.  Read more...

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Government’s housebuilding measures could mean a million new homes by 2020 (23 November 2015)

Communities Secretary Greg Clark has welcomed new figures showing that UK house building initiatives have resulted in an additional 186,000 new homes being built in the year to September.  Read more...

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Scaffolding company fined after workers suffers life changing injury in fall from scaffolding (23 November 2015)

The Health and Safety executive has prosecuted a scaffolding firm, after a worker suffered life changing injuries after falling from scaffolding.  Read more...

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Woman given suspended sentence for racially aggravated harassment (23 November 2015)

A woman who subjected fellow bus passengers to a “torrent” of anti-Muslim and racist abuse has been given a suspended jail sentence.  Read more...

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London man convicted on terrorism charges (23 November 2015)

A man who booked flights to Syria for himself and four others to join ISIS has been convicted on two counts of preparing to commit acts of terrorism.  Read more...

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Southwark Council prosecutes food outlets for dumping commercial waste (23 November 2015)

Southwark Council has prosecuted the managers of a branch of the Subway food outlet and a KHF Chicken takeaway for dumping commercial waste on the streets of Southwark.  Read more...

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Technology companies pledge to continue work to eliminate online child sexual exploitation (23 November 2015)

The world’s leading technology companies have announced that they will continue to work towards eliminating child sexual exploitation online.  Read more...

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Company director fined £11,000 for noise nuisance (23 November 2015)

A former company director has been ordered to pay £11,000 in compensation for noise nuisance caused to local residents after he persistently breached noise abatement notices from Bexley Council.  Read more...

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Landlord fined more than £70,000 for 19 breaches of Housing Act (23 November 2015)

Ealing Council has prosecuted a landlord for 18 offences of failing to comply with the Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England), Regulations 2006 (Section 234(3) and (5) of the Housing Act 2004) – and one offence in breach of Section 72(2) of the Housing Act 2004.  Read more...

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Public Health England issues carbon monoxide poisoning warning (23 November 2015)

Public Health England (PHE) has issued a warning to households to get their fossil fuel and wood burning appliances checked by an appropriately registered engineer before winter sets in.  Read more...

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Wholesaler prosecuted for supplying counterfeit and unsafe mobile phone accessories (23 November 2015)

A wholesaler who supplied counterfeit and potentially dangerous electrical items has been prosecuted by Ealing Council.  Read more...

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Motorway speed cameras to be yellow by October 2016 (23 November 2015)

The government has announced that all working speed cameras on motorways will be yellow by October 2016 and grey speed cameras will be phased out.  Read more...

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Jail for gas engineer found guilty of the manslaughter of partner and her daughter from CO poisoning (23 November 2015)

A registered gas fitter has been sentenced to two years in prison after being convicted of the manslaughter of his partner and her daughter on board his houseboat, who died from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning as the result of a poorly fitted generator.  Read more...

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Car dealer family fined £3,700 for mis-selling used cars (23 November 2015)

A father and his two sons who admitted charges involving mis-selling used cars have been ordered to pay £3,700 following prosecution by Buckinghamshire Council and Surrey County Council, which operate a joint trading standards service.  Read more...

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Ealing Council crack down on Blue Badge fraud results in 26 seizures (23 November 2015)

A crack down on Blue Badge fraud by Ealing Council has resulted in 26 badges being used fraudulently being seized since July.  Read more...

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Ceramics firm prosecuted after death of worker (23 November 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive has prosecuted a Wrexham-based ceramics firm, after a worker was killed when a machine weighing an estimated half-a-tonne fell on him.  Read more...

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New research links shortened “brain furrow” to risk of hallucinations in patients with schizophrenia (23 November 2015)

Scientists at the University of Cambridge and colleagues have found that a furrow at the front of the brain called the paracingulate sulcus may increase the risk of people with schizophrenia experiencing hallucinations.  Read more...

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IFS report ahead of Autumn Statement reveals how government tax and benefit changes may affect families (23 November 2015)

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has published comprehensive analysis of the impact of the government’s current tax and benefit plans – and the National Living Wage – on household incomes and financial work incentives.  Read more...

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Couple convicted of child cruelty, modern slavery and immigration offences (20 November 2015)

Harrow Crown Court has convicted a husband and wife on three charges of keeping a man in slavery for 24 years.  Read more...

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Supreme Court suggests English language requirement for new migrants may have to be reviewed (20 November 2015)

The Supreme Court has suggested that denying migrants entry to the UK because they cannot speak English may constitute a breach of their human rights in some cases.  Read more...

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Takeaway owner to be prosecuted over hygiene breaches (20 November 2015)

Darlington Borough Council has closed a takeaway in the town, after hygiene concerns were raised by Darlington Borough Council^s Environmental Health team.  Read more...

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Building contractor prosecuted for putting workers at risk during unsupported excavations (19 November 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Manchester building contractor, after unsafe excavations at a care home site put workers and members of the public at risk.  Read more...

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Manchester City Council prosecutes illegal street trader (19 November 2015)

A Manchester street trader operating illegally in Manchester city centre has been ordered to pay £644.59 and forfeit his goods, which were seized by council officers.  Read more...

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Private hire driver loses licence appeal, after knocking down customer after alleged altercation (18 November 2015)

A private hire driver convicted of running down a customer has lost his appeal against losing his private hire licence.   Read more...

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Manchester City Council prosecutes landlord and letting agency over unlicensed and unsafe HMOs (18 November 2015)

A landlord and a major letting agent in Manchester have been ordered to pay nearly £40,000, after Manchester City Council prosecuted them for breaching regulations for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs).
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Life sentence for murder of 18-year-old from Birmingham (18 November 2015)

Birmingham Crown Court has sentenced three men to life imprisonment for the murder of an 18-year-old man in April 2015.  Read more...

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West Midlands man sentenced for hate crime (17 November 2015)

A 68-year-old man from Pleck in the West Midlands has been convicted of a criminal offence relating to racially/religiously aggravated intentional harassment/alarm/distress – words/writing.  Read more...

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Shropshire fire fighter pleads guilty to arson (17 November 2015)

A fire fighter from Shropshire who deliberately set a series of fires around Shropshire and Staffordshire – which he later attended as a member of the emergency services – has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to cause damage to property by fire.  Read more...

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Tata Steel UK fined £180,000 for safety breaches after employee suffers burns in explosion (17 November 2015)

International steel manufacturer Tata has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after an employee suffered injury in an explosion at Tata’s Rotherham steel foundry.  Read more...

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Manchester City Council to fine private sector landlords and agents who do not sign up to Redress Scheme (17 November 2015)

Manchester City Council’s executive has approved an amendment to the Corporate Enforcement Policy, to enable the council to enforce monetary penalties on landlords, letting agents and management companies in the private sector who do not sign up to a government-approved Redress Scheme.  Read more...

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UK signs compulsory prisoner transfer agreement with Ghana (16 November 2015)

The Ministry of Justice has announced that the UK has signed a compulsory prisoner transfer agreement with Ghana, to allow transfer of prisoners between each country.  Read more...

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Duncan Lewis Solicitors Pleased to Announce Appointment of Abigail Fogg as Prison Law Director (16 November 2015)

Legal 500 “Top Tier” law firm Duncan Lewis are pleased to announce the recent internal appointment of Abigail Fogg to her new role as Director of the firm’s Prison Law department.  Read more...

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House building up by 25%, says government (16 November 2015)

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis and Communities Secretary Greg Clark have said that England is building more new homes, with a 25% increase in the last year – the highest increase for 28 years, with more than 700,000 new homes being built since 2010.  Read more...

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UK signs joint declaration with Netherlands and Belgium to tackle irregular migration and human traffickers (16 November 2015)

Immigration Minister James Brokenshire has signed a joint declaration with ministers from Belgium and the Netherlands at The Hague, to strengthen port security and tackle organised immigration crime.  Read more...

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Welsh Government launches next phase of domestic violence campaign targeted at young adults (16 November 2015)

The Welsh Government has launched the next phase of its Live Fear Free campaign, which focuses on the themes of consent and control in young people’s relationships.  Read more...

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Man convicted of housing fraud involving illegal immigrants given two years in jail for breaching Confiscation Order (16 November 2015)

A convicted fraudster will spend an additional two years in jail after failing to repay £100,000 obtained fraudulently from Southwark Council.  Read more...

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Landlords fined £36,000 for unlicensed and poorly maintained HMOs (16 November 2015)

Hounslow Council has prosecuted two landlords renting out unlicensed HMOs, who collected rent from more than 30 tenants in five sub-standard houses, all on the same street.  Read more...

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Essex Safeguarding Children Board warns parents to make sure TV sets are not a risk to children (16 November 2015)

Essex Safeguarding Children Board (ESCB) has issued a warning to parents to be alert to the dangers of injury to children as a result of falling television sets.  Read more...

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Southwark Council launches website to detect illegal subletting of council properties (16 November 2015)

London’s biggest social landlord, Southwark Council, has launched a new anti-fraud tool to prevent illegal subletting.  Read more...

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Pause Southwark launched as part of national pilot to prevent repeat removals of children from families (16 November 2015)

Pause Southwark has been launched as part of the national Pause programme, working with women who have experienced or are at risk of repeat removals of children from their care.  Read more...

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Middlesbrough Environmental Health Officers close down café over public health risk (16 November 2015)

Environmental Health Officers from Middlesbrough Council^s Public Protection Service have closed down a Middlesbrough café, after it was found to pose a serious public health risk.  Read more...

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New chair of Rotherham Local Safeguarding Children Board (16 November 2015)

Rotherham Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) has appointed a new chair from November.  Read more...

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Northamptonshire family evicted for antisocial behaviour and drug use at council-owned property (16 November 2015)

Kettering Borough Council has evicted a family from a council-owned property for anti-social behaviour and issues relating to drugs on the premises.  Read more...

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East London man landed with £10,000 legal bill for dumping commercial waste (16 November 2015)

A man from east London has been fined £10,000, after illegally dumping waste across several London boroughs.  Read more...

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Derbyshire firm prosecuted after meat past its sell-by date is seized (16 November 2015)

A meat company based in Derbyshire has been fined £1,000 after meat for human consumption past its sell-by date was found on its premises and condemned.  Read more...

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Southampton cuts first-time youth offender numbers by half (16 November 2015)

The number of young people in Southampton entering the criminal justice system for the first time has reduced by almost half in two years.  Read more...

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Eight points on licence and £1,000 fine for illegal taxi driver in Manchester city centre (16 November 2015)

An illegal taxi driver operating in Manchester’s city centre has been prosecuted after being caught having illegally picked up passengers.  Read more...

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Ealing Council Trading Standards seizes counterfeit goods destined for the Christmas market (16 November 2015)

Ealing Council’s Trading Standards team has smashed a major counterfeiting ring, after seizing thousands of suspected fake goods and prescription-only medication in Southall, Middlesex.  Read more...

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Fine for Derbyshire man who fraudulently claimed Housing Benefit (16 November 2015)

A man who wrongly claimed benefits over a 19-month period has been prosecuted for failing to declare a change in his circumstances while receiving Housing Benefit.  Read more...

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LSE Housing Academy for social landlords launches in Cheshire (12 November 2015)

The National Communities Resource Centre and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) have launched a new Housing Plus Academy at Trafford Hall in Cheshire.  Read more...

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Gateshead Council and Northumbria Police use PSPO to stop motorcyclists off-roading on rural bridleway (12 November 2015)

Authorities in Gateshead have used a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) to tackle anti-social behaviour in the area.  Read more...

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Gas fitter prosecuted after boiler is left leaking gas (12 November 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a plumber who left a boiler in a dangerous state at a customer’s home.  Read more...

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£1,000 fine for Bedford restaurateur who ignored food hygiene warnings (12 November 2015)

A restaurant owner who ignored repeated warnings about the cleanliness of his business has been fined more than £1,000.
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Benefit fraud and error at record low, says government (11 November 2015)

New figures published on Thursday (05/11/15) show that benefit fraud and error fell to 1.8% of overall welfare spending in 2014 -2015, compared with 2.1% since 2010 –2011.  Read more...

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Wirral Council prosecutes 18 people who failed to pay fixed penalty notice for litter offences (11 November 2015)

Wirral Council has brought the first prosecutions of those who have failed to pay a fixed penalty notice for littering.  Read more...

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Peterborough Council set to improve children’s services and training (11 November 2015)

Peterborough City Council is proposing the development of a new service, which would secure permanent long-term placements as quickly as possible for a range of young people who are looked after.   Read more...

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Fine for carpenter after trainee loses fingers in accident not reported under RIDDOR (11 November 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted the owner of a Bedfordshire joinery and carpentry business, after failing to report an accident in which a trainee had two finger amputated.  Read more...

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Landlord faced with £85,000 bill after illegally letting property (11 November 2015)

Islington Council has successfully prosecuted a landlord, as part of a planning enforcement crackdown in the Caledonian Road area of the borough.  Read more...

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Welsh government reduces waiting targets for accessing mental health services (10 November 2015)

The Welsh government has announced that the waiting time target for treating people experiencing mental ill health in Wales is being cut from 56 to 28 days to ensure faster access to treatment.  Read more...

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Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to improve A&E waiting times (10 November 2015)

Patients will benefit from shorter A&E waiting times at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, following an investigation by Monitor – the regulator for health services in England.  Read more...

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Roofing company prosecuted after workers are exposed to lead (10 November 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a roofing company based in Gloucestershire, after workers were put at risk of exposure to significant levels of lead.  Read more...

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MRHA seizes dangerous slimming pills (10 November 2015)

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has seized 23,000 doses of potentially dangerous slimming pills with an estimated value of £30,000, during a raid on an address in Waterlooville, Hampshire.  Read more...

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Government announces proposals to crack down on rogue landlords (10 November 2015)

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis has announced that the government is to crack down on criminal landlords who house tenants in unsafe and overcrowded properties.  Read more...

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More Housing Benefit claimants entering work because of benefit cap, says government (10 November 2015)

New figures to August 2015 show that around 28,000 people who have had their benefits capped have moved into work, allowing the government to make savings on Housing Benefit.  Read more...

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Food manufacturer fined £40,000 after worker’s fingers are severed (9 November 2015)

A Lincolnshire-based food manufacturer has been sentenced following an incident in which an employee had two fingers severed while cleaning machinery.  Read more...

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Barnet Council asks parents and carers to respond to Childcare Sufficiency Assessment in the borough (9 November 2015)

Barnet Council is giving parents, parents-to-be and carers until 4 December to tell the council whether existing childcare is accessible, affordable – and is meeting people’s needs in the borough.  Read more...

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Daventry Council warns residents to beware Council Tax rebate fraudsters (9 November 2015)

Daventry Council is warning residents about a phone scam targeting people by telling them they are due a Council Tax rebate.  Read more...

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Brighton and Hove proposes restructuring of SEND and SEMH services to offer personalised care (9 November 2015)

Plans to restructure services for people in Brighton & Hove with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs will be discussed at a meeting of the council on Tuesday (10/11/15).  Read more...

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UK gives £5m to hep migrants arriving in Balkans (9 November 2015)

International Development Secretary Justine Greening has announced a £5 million package, which has been released to the Start Network to help migrants arriving in the Balkans.  Read more...

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£10,000 fine for self-employed contractor, after casual worker dies in fall from roof (6 November 2015)

A self-employed contractor has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after a casual worker he employed to repair the roof of a shed died in a fall from height.  Read more...

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Suspended sentence and community order for trader selling counterfeit designer goods (6 November 2015)

A Stockton Borough trader who sold counterfeit designer goods has been prosecuted under the Trade Marks Act 1994.
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Wolverhampton City Council brings more than 1,000 empty homes back into use (6 November 2015)

A campaign by the City of Wolverhampton Council to bring empty homes back into use has resulted in more than 1,000 homes being rescued from falling into disrepair, to be transformed into family homes.<  Read more...

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Former owner of takeaway fined £5,500 for food hygiene offences (5 November 2015)

The former owner of a takeaway business in Derbyshire has been fined £5,500 after pleading guilty to 11 food hygiene charges.  Read more...

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Former owner of retail store fined for selling alcohol to underage customers and counterfeit cigarettes (5 November 2015)

The former operator of a Stockton convenience store which sold alcohol to underage children – as well as selling counterfeit cigarettes – has been prosecuted.  Read more...

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£100,000 fine for waste and recycling company, after worker’s arm is dragged into machinery (5 November 2015)

A waste and recycling company has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after a worker suffered serious fractures when his arm was dragged into the rollers of a moving conveyor belt.   Read more...

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Council adoption services to be “streamlined” into regional bodies to speed up adoption (5 November 2015)

David Cameron has announced that child adoption services are to be streamlined, with council adoption services being merged into regional organisations.  Read more...

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Mid Wales invests £250,000 in telehealth technology, to connect rural patients with specialists (4 November 2015)

Mid Wales Healthcare Collaborative is creating a new approach to delivering health and social care in what is largely a rural and sparsely populated area.  Read more...

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Aerial fitter prosecuted for misleading consumers (4 November 2015)

An investigation into an aerial fitter from Wareham in Dorset has resulted in prosecution, after Dorset Council Trading Standards found evidence that he failed to give a price to customers before carrying out work – and failed to provide details of their right to cancel contracts.  Read more...

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Wales exceeds target to bring vacant homes back into use (4 November 2015)

The Welsh government has exceeded its target of bringing back into use 5,000 properties that have fallen into disrepair.  Read more...

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Chinese takeaway prosecuted for food safety failings (3 November 2015)

A Chinese takeaway in Stansted, Essex has been fined nearly £3,000 after failing to meet food safety hygiene standards.  Read more...

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London borough asks patients to use evening and weekend GPs and pharmacies for minor illness, rather than A&E (3 November 2015)

The London Borough of Havering is calling on NHS patients to take advantage of new extended evening and weekend services from the borough^s GPs, instead of visiting Accident and Emergency (A&E) departments in Havering^s hospitals.  Read more...

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Companies wound up after US oil well investment scheme fails to deliver (3 November 2015)

An Insolvency Service investigation into two companies offering investments in US oil wells has resulted in both companies being closed down.  Read more...

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Thomas Cook accepts findings of report into child deaths from CO poisoning on Corfu (3 November 2015)

Tour operator Thomas Cook has said it accepts the findings of an independent report into the deaths of two children on the holiday island of Corfu, after both children died from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning while staying at accommodation booked through Thomas Cook.  Read more...

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Directors of dental clinic disqualified, after patients paid for treatment not completed (2 November 2015)

The directors of a cosmetic dental clinic have been banned from being company directors for seven years and six years, after an investigation by the Insolvency Service.  Read more...

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New health service ratings “will boost patient power” (2 November 2015)

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced that for the first time, from 2016, new Ofsted-style ratings will be introduced to inform NHS patients how their local area’s health service is performing in crucial areas – including cancer services, dementia care, diabetes care, mental health services, learning disabilities services and maternity care.  Read more...

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Self-employed builder fined £8,000, after co-worker suffers catastrophic injuries in fall from roof (2 November 2015)

A self-employed roofer has been fined £8,000, after a co-worker helping him re-roof a house fell six metres and sustained horrific head and spinal injuries, which will mean he will most likely require inpatient care in a care facility for the rest of his life.  Read more...

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Wolverhampton Council launches new project to support care leavers (2 November 2015)

A new project has been launched in Wolverhampton to improve the transition process for young adults leaving care.  Read more...

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Disqualification for director who avoided alcohol duty and filed false VAT returns and accounts (2 November 2015)

The director of a wholesaler supplying alcoholic drinks has been disqualified from holding a directorship after an investigation by the Insolvency Service found he had who failed to declare alcohol duty and had filed false VAT returns and false accounts.  Read more...

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Six years for man convicted of terrorism and immigration offences (2 November 2015)

A man convicted of terrorism and immigration charges has been sentence to six years in jail.  Read more...

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Wolverhampton Council brings 1,000 properties back into use (2 November 2015)

Wolverhampton Council has brought more than 1,000 homes back into use in its Empty Property Strategy, launched in 2010.
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Research finds house prices are not affected by social housing developments (2 November 2015)

New research by the NHBC Foundation has found that house prices are not reduced on developments which successfully integrate social and private housing.  Read more...

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Director of garage banned for failing to keep records (2 November 2015)

The director of a car repair garage which started trading in 2007 has been disqualified from holding a directorship, after an investigation by the Insolvency Service found he had failed to keep accounting records.  Read more...

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Sandwell Council launches knife surrender bin in West Bromwich (2 November 2015)

Sandwell Council in the West Midlands has launched a knife surrender bin on West Bromwich High Street, to enable people to voluntarily give up weapons and help save lives.  Read more...

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Private sector landlords fined £34,000, after breaching housing management regulations (2 November 2015)

City of Wolverhampton Council has fined two private sector landlords a total of £34,000, in the hope prosecution will act as a strong deterrent to other landlords who put their tenants^ health and safety at risk.  Read more...

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Fine for Council Tax support claimant who failed to declare husband’s income (2 November 2015)

Bedfordshire County Council has prosecuted a benefit claimant who failed to declare that her husband was working when she applied for Council Tax support.  Read more...

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Brent Council prosecutes third store in two months for selling alcohol to underage customers (2 November 2015)

A convenience store in Kilburn, northwest London, has become the third shop in Brent to be fined a four-figure sum, after the retailer was caught selling alcohol to a child.  Read more...

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Chocolate manufacturer fined £25,000, after worker injures arm in machinery (2 November 2015)

Chocolate manufacturer Hôtel Chocolat has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after a worker suffered serious hand and arm injuries while cleaning a machine tank.  Read more...

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Dundee company fined after worker dies from inhaling fumes (2 November 2015)

A company in Scotland has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after an employee died from inhaling fumes while cleaning a chemical stripping paint tank at a motor vehicle company.  Read more...

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North Yorkshire announces partnership approach to resettling Syrian refugees (2 November 2015)

North Yorkshire’s county and district councils, together with North Yorkshire Police and health care providers, have announced they will work together on a combined approach to re-settle Syrian refugees in North Yorkshire.  Read more...

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