The Times reports that chief constables are planning to lobby the government to divert funding from the police watchdog to provide money for forces. David Thompson, head of finance at the National Police Chiefs’ Council, questioned why the government was funding expansion of the IPCC when forces had been forced to reduce in size.

The Times, Page: 2

Posted 23/06/2017

 

Emergency services are set to face a £113.6m business rates tax increase over five years, new data reveals. Police stations will be hardest hit, with police chiefs across England and Wales needing to find an extra £60m. Jerry Schurder, head of business rates at Gerald Eve, suggested that a particular impact of the omission is that local authorities will no longer be given the powers to reduce business rates locally: “Firms will be furious that, despite their protestations earlier in the year and government promises of action, there will be no reform of a rating system desperately in need of modernisation,” he said.

BBC News

Posted 23/06/2017

 

 

 

Official data shows the number of new Government-funded houses built for social rent each year has fallen by 97% since the Conservatives took office in 2010. In the year 2010-11, more than 36,700 new socially rented homes were built in England, but by 2016-17 the figure had fallen to 1,102. Over the same period the total number of affordable homes built with Government money fell from 55,909 to 27,792. The Chartered Institute of Housing has warned that the current fall in the number of social homes is set to continue, and predicted that, by 2020, nearly 250,000 social homes will have been lost in just eight years.

The Independent, Page: 6

Posted 21/06/2017

 

 

New data protection rules coming into force next May will change how companies are required to process information, such as customer lists and employee records. But a survey of more than 1,000 small companies, commissioned by Irwin Mitchell, found that 78% had not heard of the new rules, while 86% were not aware of the threat of fines. Only 11% had started preparing for it. Matthew Pryke, partner at Hamlins, said: “Too many businesses are complacent. Those who leave it to chance and don’t prepare now could be left high and dry if the ICO finds that businesses breach regulations.” The FSB warns the new rules will add to costs for SMEs and has called on the government to launch an awareness campaign over the summer.

The Times, Page: 51 

Posted 20/06/2017

During an appearance on the BBC’s Andrew Marr programme, Chancellor Philip Hammond has said that it his understanding that the type of cladding used on the exterior of Grenfell Tower – and which has been blamed for fuelling the fire – is banned in the UK, raising questions about what regulations are in place and whether they were adhered to. He said these points will be looked at by the Government’s inquiry and by a criminal investigation. A Treasury spokesperson later clarified that the Chancellor meant the material used was banned for buildings of a certain height. Meanwhile, former Labour minister David Lammy has called for Scotland Yard to seize files relating to the block’s £8.6m refurbishment. He said: “The Prime Minister needs to act immediately to ensure that all evidence is protected so that everyone culpable for what happened at Grenfell Tower is held to account and feels the full force of the law.” Finally, the Independent reports that two women feared dead in the tragedy were allegedly threatened with legal action by the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO) after they campaigned for improved fire safety.

The Guardian, Page: 1, 4   The Times, Page: 10   Daily Express, Page: 4, 5    The Independent, Page: 11   The Sun, Page: 8    Daily Mirror, Page: 6

Posted 19/06/2017

 

 

A survey by Baker McKenzie indicates most skilled workers from the EU who are employed by large companies are likely to leave the UK before Brexit. About 56% of 250 EU citizens surveyed said that they were “highly likely” or “quite likely” to leave the UK before the outcome of the Brexit negotiations was known, with healthcare, technology, media and telecoms and financial services likely to be hardest hit.

The Times, Page: 50   The Independent, Page: 15

Posted 15/06/2017

 

 

Abusive or neglectful parents who attempt to escape prosecution for child cruelty by blaming each other will face tougher punishments in future. The aggravating factor has been included in proposed guidelines published by the Sentencing Council today. Analysis of court transcripts found shirking responsibility to avoid prosecution is a common tactic.

The Times, Page: 14   The Sun, Page: 21

Posted 13/06/2017

 

A woman with terminal cancer has won an undisclosed payout from GPs who repeatedly diagnosed her with muscle pain. Tina Hammonds, 45, paid for a private MRI scan which revealed terminal bone and breast cancer. She claimed clinical negligence against the unnamed surgery, which did not accept liability.

Daily Mirror, Page: 20

Posted 12/06/2017

 

A father has successfully sued his employer for failing to give him full paternity leave rights. Madasar Ali, a call centre worker, was told by Capita that he would receive only two weeks of full pay, whereas women were entitled to 14 weeks. The tribunal ruled the policy flouted the 2010 Equality Act, plus regulations on shared parental leave from 2015. The case is the first to be won by a man in England under shared parental leave laws introduced two years ago. A hearing to decide on compensation for Mr Ali is set to take place in the near future, but Capita has said it would appeal against the judgment.

The Sun, Page: 22   The Daily Telegraph, Page: 12   The Times, Page: 21

Posted 12/06/2017

 

Two Britons have been arrested in Majorca on suspicion of encouraging holidaymakers to make dishonest compensation claims. The pair were held by Civil Guard officers in what are believed to be the first arrests of their kind in Spain, and are now expected to face a judicial investigation. Their arrests follow a campaign by hoteliers in Spain, and other holiday hotspots such as Greece and Portugal, against the growing problem of bogus claims, particularly involving all-inclusive resorts.

The Mail on Sunday, Page: 34

Posted 11/06/2017