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25 November

J, R (on Application of) v Worcestershire County Council

New Court of Appeal judgment that considers whether a local authority's power to provide services under s.17 of the Children Act 1989 is limited to children in need who are physically present in the council's area at the time the services are provided.

25 November, 2014

Tenancies (Reform) Bill 2014/2015 published

Bill, which is intended to protect tenants against retaliatory eviction, is expected to have its second reading debate on 28 November 2014.

25 November, 2014

24 November

Travel expenses for the low-paid – time for a rethink?

New report from the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group looks at how concerns about the use of ‘traditional’ umbrella arrangements, which give low-paid agency workers some tax relief on their travel expenses and increase their take home pay, resulted in the birth of ‘Pay Day by Pay Day’ schemes.

24 November, 2014

Lawal & Anor v Circle 33 Housing Trust

New Court of Appeal judgment that considers whether an order for possession and the warrant for possession of the appellants' property are disproportionate and so infringe their rights under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

24 November, 2014

Employment case law round up

Latest EAT decisions added to the Tribunals Service website.

24 November, 2014

Zero Hours Contracts Bill 2014/2015

Bill to limit the use of zero-hours contracts has begun its second reading in the Commons.

24 November, 2014

Shared Parental Leave Regulations 2014

New regulations issued that provide for a mother/adopter and a child’s father/adoptive parent or a mother’s or adopter’s partner to take shared parental leave.

24 November, 2014

21 November

Government announces safeguards that will apply to Direct Recovery of Debt by HMRC

New safeguards include a guaranteed visit to debtors, a new specialist unit for vulnerable cases, allowing an appeal process to the County Court, and putting a hold on debtors' accounts and giving 30 days to arrange payment of the debt before any money is taken.

21 November, 2014

20 November

Mobile Homes (Site Rules) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2014

New amending regulations that alter the requirements to be met in order to bring an appeal under regulation 10 of the Mobile Homes (Site Rules) (England) Regulations 2014 to make it consistent with the wording contained within the prescribed form in Schedule 2 to the Regulations, which also sets out the requirements in order to bring an appeal.

20 November, 2014

Covert care camera guidance approved by Care Quality Commission

BBS reports that new guidance, which is expected to be published in the new year, covers the issues of privacy and dignity that should be considered before taking the step of using a covert camera.

20 November, 2014

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