Campaigners are demanding that the national curriculum include a legal duty for left-handed pupils to receive specific teaching to meet their needs. They say a failure to address early years challenges, such as poor handwriting, leads to more serious problems.

The Daily Telegraph, Page: 5   The Times, Page: 22   The Sun, Page: 2   Daily Mail, Page: 5   Yorkshire Post, Page: 7   The Press and Journal, Page: 18

Posted 14/08/2017



The majority of Remain voters now agree that Britain should take control of its borders after Brexit, end the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice and pay little or nothing to leave the EU, according to a survey of more than 20,000 people by the London School of Economics and Oxford University. In a major boost to Brexiteers, 70% said they want a deal that would see Britain out of the single market with no ongoing payments made to the EU and an end to free movement. A similar percentage of people said they would prefer “no deal” to a “soft Brexit”. Report author Professor Sara Hobolt of the LSE said Remain voters were still more likely to back a hard Brexit. She said: “Leavers are united in strongly favouring a hard Brexit because they are more likely to oppose any deal that involves continued freedom of movement of people, jurisdiction of the ECJ, and a very large divorce settlement. The majority of Remainers favour a soft Brexit, but others favour aspects of a hard Brexit. Overall, this means that there is a higher level of support for outcomes that resemble the hard Brexit position put forward by the Government.”

The Daily Telegraph, Page: 2   Daily Mail, Page: 11   The Sun, Page: 2    Daily Express   The Independent

Posted 12/08/2017



Three judges have ruled that the DWP has been unlawfully stopping people going to tribunal to appeal against decisions to refuse them benefits. The Upper Tribunal found it was wrong for the DWP to refuse claimants the right to appeal if they took more than a month to ask for a review of the benefit decision. The DWP system was challenged by the Child Poverty Action Group and two claimants with serious mental health problems who were refused disability benefits and then failed to ask for an internal review within the one-month time limit.

The Guardian, Page: 7   Daily Mirror, Page: 2

Posted 05/08/2017

Over 60 prominent figures in Scotland including Lord Kerr of Kinlochard, the author of Article 50, have signed a joint letter saying that Brexit has seriously damaged the UK’s international reputation and that a UK-wide debate should be held on halting the process. “We ask our fellow citizens, and our politicians, to think again. It is time to call a halt to Brexit,” the letter states.

The Independent   The Herald

Posted 19/07/2017


The High Court will this week hear the first substantial legal challenge to the UK’s ban on assisted dying. Former lecturer Noel Conway, 67, was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in November 2014. His condition is incurable and he is not expected to live beyond the next 12 months. Mr Conway’s lawyers claim the blanket ban on assisted dying under the Suicide Act is contrary to the Human Rights Act. They will argue that his right to a private life – including the right to make decisions on the end of his life – is unnecessarily restricted by current laws.

The Guardian, Page: 6   Daily Mirror, Page: 6   The Times

Posted 17/07/2017

A family lied about being ill on holiday to extort £52,000 from Thomas Cook, a court has heard. Deborah Briton, 53, and her partner Paul Roberts, 43, are accused of submitting bogus compensation claims for themselves and their two children for two all-inclusive holidays in Majorca. Another daughter of Mrs Briton, Charlene Briton, 30, submitted a further false claim for herself and her young daughter, Liverpool magistrates’ court was told. The case is thought to be the first time someone has appeared in a criminal court in the UK accused of making a fake compensation claim for holiday sickness.

The Mail on Sunday, Page: 22

Posted 16/07/2017


More than 380,000 Volkswagen-made cars in the UK may have developed faults after being “fixed” following the diesel emissions scandal, according to Harcus Sinclair. Around 41,000 owners have now joined the firm’s class action against the carmaker.

The Guardian, Page: 26   Fleet World   The Sun

Posted 13/07/2017



Victims of the Grenfell Tower fire who bought their flats under the Right to Buy scheme have told how they now feel abandoned by the authorities. They say they fear for their future, as the council are unlikely to see the re-housing of leaseholders as their responsibility, with some describing how they have still been paying their mortgage since the inferno. Flats in Grenfell Tower have recently been sold for between £185,000 and £270,000, according to Rightmove. Sebastian O’Kelly, a trustee of Leaseholder Knowledge Partnership, said Grenfell homeowners will be unlikely to afford a new property in the same area.

The Daily Telegraph

Posted 11/07/2017

Due to a clerical error, South Cambridgeshire Council accidentally gave permission for new homes to be built on Green Belt land. The application for seven homes in Haslingfield was officially refused but accidentally approved when the ‘wrong box was ticked’ on its computer system. We completely hold our hands up’, South Cambridgeshire council said.  Legal papers have now been filed with the High Court and the decision to rescind is expected within a few weeks.

BBC News

Posted 06/07/2017


Members of the UK Environmental Law Association (Ukela) are drawing up plans to stop EU environment rules being dropped by the government after Brexit over fears that the complexity and scale of the negotiations, and political resistance to European regulations, will result in the loss of key protections.

The Guardian

Posted 04/07/2017