Month: October 2017

Halloween-themed protest calls to end maternity discrimination

A UK-wide protest has been organised to help working mothers speak out against maternity discrimination this Halloween.

New powers announced to clampdown on “child maintenance cheats”

Parents who use a joint bank account will no longer be able to avoid paying child maintenance as the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) announces new powers to recover arrears.

Homebuyers eyeing up fixed rate mortgages amid fears of interest rate hike

An increasing number of homebuyers are opting for fixed rate mortgages amid fears that the Bank of England will raise interest rates later this week.

Suspended prison sentence for unlawful seller of ‘fully loaded’ Kodi boxes

A man who made tens of thousands of pounds selling so-called ‘fully loaded’ Kodi set-top boxes has been handed a suspended prison sentence in Court.

Rise in dementia cases highlights importance of LPAs

Up-to-date figures suggest that there are currently 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK – a figure which is expected to rise to one million by the year 2025.

Justice Committee welcomes domestic violence sentencing guidelines

The Justice Committee has welcomed the Sentencing Council’s approach to devising guidance to sentencers on domestic abuse.

‘Overweight’ police officer loses Employment Tribunal battle

An ‘overweight’ police officer embroiled in a long-running dispute with Surrey Police has lost her case after an Employment Tribunal found that she had not been discriminated against or forced out of work.

First-time buyer borrowing on the rise

New research suggests that mortgage lending to first-time buyers is on the rise across the UK.

Calls for law change on cohabitation and fault-based divorce

A charity is calling for the laws on cohabitation and fault-based divorce to change after new figures reveal that the rate of divorce among all couples is on the rise.

IPO seeks views on improving collaboration in intellectual property

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has opened a new consultation into the future of intellectual property (IP) in the UK, which is seeking views on new ways that Britain’s innovators can work together to get the most out of their IP.