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Scrapping the Human Rights Act

Jocelyn Cockburn

Posted by Jocelyn Cockburn | Partner
On 28th May 2015

Plans to scrap the Human Rights Act (HRA) in just 100 days, replacing it with a British Bill of Rights and Responsibilities, have been sparking intense debate since the Conservatives came into power. In the new government’s first Queen’s Speech this week, growing opposition to the plans appears to have been acknowledged and this ambitious timetable has been delayed whilst a consultation takes place…

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Vulnerability redefined

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On 14th May 2015

It’s worth taking a moment to feel sorry for beleaguered and underfunded local authorities, especially those in London. They have a whole host of duties that they have to comply with, including the recently expanded Care Act 2014 whilst at the same time they have less funding coming from Central Government and their hands are tied to prevent them claiming additional funding from local sources…

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Who’s afraid of the big, bad Google?

On 14th May 2015

In a modern day David and Goliath battle, three UK home internet users are challenging the misuse of their private information by the US corporate giant, Google. The individuals decided to bring a claim after they realised that Google had secretly tracked private information about their internet browsing (their Browser-Generated Information (‘BGI’)), without their knowledge or consent…

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Election 2015 – HJA Housing Team’s first reactions

Sophie Bell

Posted by Sophie Bell | Partner
On 13th May 2015

The official government statistics on statutory homelessness, released by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), paint a sobering picture of the combined effect of five years of Coalition austerity policies coupled with the rising costs of living. While from 2003 to 2009, there was a consistent and steady decline every year in both the number of households applying for homelessness assistance and the number of households being accepted as homeless and ‘in priority need’ in England, the numbers of ‘acceptances’ and of households in temporary accommodation have increased sharply every year since the Coalition took power in 2010…

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