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TUC Claims Unemployment Could Be Twice Official Figure

According to data supplied by the Trades Union Congress, the number of unemployed people in the UK announced by the official statistics is not the actual one. In fact they appear to be almost twice more.

In the announcement of the TUC, an organisation representing the majority of UK trade unions, apart from the 2.56 million people whom the Office for National Statistics said were the only unemployed, there were other 2.26 million more who are economically inactive so they were not counted. The Legal Stop is trying to help by providing high quality employment documents and a free job application form.

“Unemployment may have started to fall in recent months but we are still in the midst of a job crisis,” said the TUC’s general secretary, Frances O’Grady. “The true scale of unemployment is far bigger than official figures suggest, as nearly five million people say they want work today.”

She added that the situation at the labour market was far from the desired one with a further 1.4 million people who needed a full-time job but found no other option but start part-time work with the only aim to earn some money.

In her view the information supplied that there was a drop in unemployment rates was not true. The 46,000 people who were said to have found jobs, have started something with just a few hours and in most cases with zero hour contracts.

However, according to the employment minister, Mark Hoban, the unions were not able to bear the economic growth. He pointed out the fact that the unions were out of touch because they did not welcome even the news about the high rates of employment.

 

 

Poll Suggests Public Favour Government Press Regulation Plans

Due to a poll of YouGov the public likes more the idea about the government’s royal charter on press regulation compared to the alternative plan put forward by the industry.

About a half of those asked, answered they would give their support for the parliament-backed charter. The percentage of those who claimed they would rather back up the press’s proposals was only 13%.

The decision on press regulation is still not taken but 68% of people shared that in case newspaper publishers establish the new press regulation they would definitely not trust them.

Almost half of the people have said that if the press were able to implement their own model it would probably repeat the old cases with the well-documented unethical and illegal practices that took place.

People were also discontented with the time taken to put any system in place.

There were many hearings in 2011 and 2012 after the Leveson Inquiry was conducted through a series of public hearings in.

According to Lord Leveson the Press Complaints Commission needed to be replaced by a new body with fresh powers.

Certain sectors of the press did not like the recommendation, thinking it would have a chilling effect on free speech.By the way do you know about our free legal documents?

Director of the Media Standards Trust Martin Moore said: “This poll shows that the public are in favour of tougher press regulation and have little faith in the system being proposed by publishers. They back the parliamentary charter, and want it to be implemented as soon as possible.”

 

MoJ Announces Resettlement Jails to Release Prisoners Close to Home

Due to the new plans of the MoJ, while still serving their sentences, male prisoners would have the right to be moved close to the place where they live.

By the autumn of 2014 most male prisoners have to be moved into new “resettlement jails” created from old already existing prisons.

This change will be in force for those prisoners who are sentenced to 12 months less. Others with longer sentences will go to resettlement jails not earlier than three months before they are released.

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling announced that the aim of the proposed changes is to help prisoners in their rehabilitation process. After they are released, they might need to start their own business, which requires a wide variety of business document templates and of course if they are willing to employ people, many employment documents should take place.

“Rehabilitation in the community must begin behind the prison walls and follow offenders out through the gates if we are to stand a chance of freeing them from a life of crime,” he said.

MoJ stated that the number of prisons releasing adult male prisoners is currently 100 and the expected number for the future is 11.

According to Paul McDowell, the proposed changes were good but there were still many things, which had to be done.

In his opinion, jails were not the best option for people serving short sentences. He considers they might improve their behaviour being in the community.

“But putting communities at the heart of the criminal justice system through the development of resettlement prisons is a step in the right direction.”

Shadow justice secretary Sadiq Khan, on the other hand, expressed her doubts about the effectiveness of the plans. She mentioned nobody had said how will the reorganization of the prisons be funded.

Later this year will become clear if women’s prisons will be included into a similar scheme.

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UK Courtrooms Will Go Completely Digital By 2016

By 2016 nobody in the UK courtrooms will use papers anymore as this is considered outdated. The plan of the government is to make everything digital. The Legal Stop favours the idea and provides legal documents online, which you can simply download to your computer and use in digital format.

Courts will have their own secure wi-fi networks so that they may easily find any document they need. Evidence and documents used during trials will be displayed on digital monitors.

Police officers will also stop bringing notebooks with them as they will get mobile devices.

The amount the government will spend on these changes is £160 million.

The first court which has now been trying this new concept is the Birmingham Magistrates Court. From March until now it has dealt with 80 cases.

The changes should soon start functioning throughout whole England and Wales. The expected results are that this would improve the work of different courts.

Justice minister Damien Green has to announce the plans today in a speech at the Policy Exchange.

He started his speech mentioning that each year courts use 160 million sheets of paper.

“Stacked up this would be the same as 15 Mount Snowdons – literally mountains of paper. If we are to win in the global race this must change,” said Mr Green. “It is time we move the court system into the 21st Century.”

In his opinion courts would function in a qualitative way only when they got rid of the old system and became more modern.

On the other hand, many lawyers are uneasy with this new system saying that if an eventual system crash happens they would not lose a single file but all the documents of the court may disappear.

 

Fraud Sentences Could Focus on Harm

The Sentencing Council has prepared new guidelines related to the sentences for some of the financial crimes in England and Wales. According to these, the final sentences on such crimes could be based on the harm to victims.

What is considered as important nowadays is not the impact on victims but the amount of money involved in the crime.

The offenses, which the proposals cover, range from fraud and insurance scams to money laundering and bribery. Don`t forget to check our Anti-Bribery and Corruption Policy Template.

The council does not have any legislative power- this is a matter for Parliament. What it can do is only issue new guidelines.

In the opinion of BBC legal correspondent Clive Coleman it would not be an easy task for courts to measure how harmful the crime had been to victims.

“For instance, a rogue trader who scammed a pensioner for £2,000 of roof repairs, severely damaging her confidence, would have faced a sentence ranging from a community order to 26 weeks in prison under existing guidelines,” he said.

Such rating is difficult because there are lots of cases in which victims’ loss is not that big but it has a great impact on them.

Only in 2012, the UK economy has lost £73 billion from fraud. This sum is bigger than the entire budget for state education.

Due to data of the Sentencing Council, employees and suppliers often claim false expenses which cost companies £45.5bn in 2011.

When talking about fraud we include many offences in this conception- offences like fake car crashes, complex VAT frauds and many others.

 

Report Calls For Reckless Bankers To Face Criminal Charges

A resent report stated that senior bankers who commit reckless misconduct should face criminal charges and should be forced to fill in a great variety of legal documents, explaining their actions.

The view of the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards on this matter is that bankers in top positions should clearly lay down their responsibilities and in case of ignoring them they need to be sanctioned with prison sentences. HR policies should be applied here, as well.

The intention of these changes is to put an end to the tendency of people standing higher in the hierarchy to deny taking wrong decisions.

“Too many bankers, especially at the most senior levels, have operated in an environment with insufficient personal responsibility,” claims the report.

It also says these knew there would not be any consequences for their actions as they used either ignorance as an excuse or the fact that decisions had not been taken individually so no single person could be blamed.

The length of the report is 571 pages. There are many other recommendations trying to help the banking sector remedy its situation.

One of the suggestions towards banks is to change the way they estimate the bankers’ bonuses. The latter should not be deferred with more than ten years. When the time comes they have to be based on the work of the bank during this period.

This way, errant bankers would not be able to get their bonuses.

Another point in this report suggests that a new set of banking regulations has to be accepted. These would apply to such people whose position permits them to cause severe harm to the bank.

The Treasury has commented: “Where legislation is needed, we have said we will support it, and the banking bill currently before Parliament can be amended to ensure they are quickly enacted.”

 

Tax Evasion Measures to be Taken – G8 Summit

G8 leaders agreed on new measures to deal with money laundering and tax avoidance. They include giving automatic access to information to their residents` tax affairs and a requirement that all shell companies identify their effective owners. G8 includes UK, US, Germany, France, Italy, Russia, Canada and Japan.

The main purpose of the new measures is to “fight the scourge of tax evasion”.

David Cameron hosted the summit in Northern Island. Another important event, which happened is the launch of free trade negotiations between EU and the US, which Cameron referred as “the biggest bilateral trade agreement in history”. Hopefully the future  legal agreement will be beneficial for both sides.

The Three Ts – Tax, Trade and Transparency – this is placed at the top of the UK agenda, for its presidency of G8

The summit was overshadowed by the conflict in Syria and Vladimir Putin called for talks for Syrian peace to be held in Geneva  as soon as possible, which was discussed, however no for the Geneva talks was given, and the statement made no mention of what role Mr Assad could play in the future

The summit has been overshadowed by the conflict in Syria.

The G8 leaders – including Russian President Vladimir Putin, an ally of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad – backed calls for Syrian peace talks to be held in Geneva “as soon as possible”.

All G8 leaders agreed on that transparency is required for multinational companies, which should tell the authorities what tax they have paid and where.  ”Countries should change rules that let companies shift their profits across borders to avoid taxes,” the communique said. It follows revelations about the ways in which several major firms – including Google, Apple, Starbucks and Amazon – have minimised their tax bills.

Illegal activities, including tax evasion and money laundering, will be tackled by the automated sharing of tax information. Speaking during the summit, Mr Osborne said more progress had been made on reforming the global tax system in the past 24 hours than the “past 24 years”.

These and many other topics have been discussed during the summit.

Ofgem to Receive New Powers After Fears of Energy Market Rigging

With the aim to stop the manipulation of the energy market the energy regulator Ofgem will receive new powers which will lead to lots of changes.

After many people expressed their concerns that providers and financial institutions may be rigging the energy prices, now Ofgem will be able to inspect company premises and obtain potentially incriminating data, including a wide variety of legal documents.

In case it finds something wrong it would be able to fine the perpetrators.

The energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey will soon announce the new powers to the Parliament. These come as a consequence of the Libor scandal where banks were misreported to lend to one another trying to rig the system.

This led to fears about similar manipulation in the energy markets where the prices of oil, gas and energy may also be rigged so that the speculators may earn money on the shoulders of the average consumer.

Many say that reports may show what the current situation is, but in fact they may also be counterfeited and in he end consumers are deceived again.

One of the price-reporting agencies received a report with false data so that Ofgem and the Financial Services Authority conducted an investigation.

According to the European Commission the Remit legislation has to be adopted till the end of this month.

In order to get all the possible details of any attempted market manipulation EC authorities would ask for reports from companies of their buying and selling activities relating to oil, gas and power.