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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

32 per cent of Right to Buy sales were in London between July and September 2014

New statistics also show that the average receipt per dwelling in the second quarter of 2014/2015 was £74,000 compared to £63,000 in the same quarter of 2013/2014.

20 November, 2014

19 November

Cawsand Fort Management Company Ltd, R (on the Application of) v Kane & Ors

In new judgment, High Court considers judicial review challenge to decision of the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) appointing a manager of property under Part II section 24 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987, on the ground that the tribunal went beyond its powers in purporting to appoint a manager of property which is not within the scope of Part II of the Act.

19 November, 2014

52 per cent of those seeking help with homelessness are under 25, says Homeless Link

New report also finds that benefit sanctions are leading to increase in homelessness and that 58 per cent of under 25s seeking help with homelessness have one or more other problem such as mental health, learning disability, substance misuse or offending behaviour.

19 November, 2014

Crisis and Shelter intervene in Supreme Court case on how homeless people are assessed as vulnerable

Charities say that the outcome 'has the potential to address a longstanding injustice that has condemned many people to the streets after being turned away from help by their council.'

19 November, 2014

New National Audit Office report on financial sustainability of local authorities

Report highlights cuts in spending on care and housing as cuts to funding from government lead to over a quarter of single tier and county councils making unplanned reductions in service spend to deliver their 2013-2014 budgets.

19 November, 2014

Local Government Ombudsman highlights case where care home has not complied with its recommendation

Case involving Rooks (Care Homes) Ltd shows how information it provides can help inform people's choices about care, says Ombudsman.

19 November, 2014

18 November

Survey of employment tribunal applications in 2013

New Department for Business, Innovation and Skills report provides detailed information on the characteristics of claimants and the type of complaint they have brought to a tribunal.

18 November, 2014

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