Government Slammed For Removing Protections For Transgender Children

After the decision of the Department of Education (DfE) to remove the protection from discrimination on the basis of gender identity from its guidelines on teaching the national curriculum, LGBT campaigners gave utterance to their disagreement.

Section 4.2 of the previous issue of the DfE’s Draft National Curriculum document, published in February 2013, said: “Teachers should take account of their duties under equal opportunities legislation that covers disability, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, gender identity, and religion or belief.”

The last time the document was issued things changed and it referred only to “disability, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation” without mentioning anything about gender and gender identity.May be you will need some Health and Safety Policies for your business.

In the words of a spokesperson for the DfE told Gay Star News teachers knew what pupils wanted and should be able to respond to their needs.

One of the people who said they were against the changes was Zoe Kirk-Robinson, from Conservative LGBT group LBGTory. She said in her opinion the term “sex” did not include gender identity.

She added that the vulnerable transgender children would not feel protected anymore.

In fact they need to be protected better otherwise they would continue experience difficulties at school.

Educational academic Natacha Kennedy said: “I have encountered systematic transphobia on the part of many schools, and consequently there appears to be two default positions for trans children in most schools: fearfully hiding in the closet, and consequently underperforming academically, or out as trans and bullied out of school.”

In her view UK educational system should not erasure trans people from the National Curriculum.

Man Arrested Over Abusive Tweets To Feminist Campaigner

After the feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez received abuse and rape threats via Twitter, the man who sent them was arrested.

As it was announced that the image of Elizabeth Fry on the £5 note would be replaced by that of Winston Churchill, Ms Criado-Perez began a petition claiming that the Bank of England had to add the image of a woman to a UK banknote.

Right after the changes considering the face of Churchill were introduced, it became evident that the author of Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen, would replace Charles Darwin on the £10 note.

These are good news for all women but Ms Criado-Perez received a torrent of sexist abuse on Twitter. By the way, please make yourself aware of our Computer-E-mail-Internet Usage Policy template

In her words the abusive tweets were about 50 for just 12 hours. In some of the messages she read threats of raping and killing her. It seems that some of the men who threatened her have created accounts on Twitter with the only aim to harass her.

Yesterday, a man was arrested in Manchester in relation to an allegation of malicious communications made in Camden on Thursday.

Twitter faced harsh criticism on the way they answered to Ms Criado-Perez to call for the social network to introduce a “Report Abuse” button.

“It’s sadly not unusual to get this kind of abuse but I’ve never seen it get as intense or aggressive as this,” she said. “It’s infuriating that the price you pay for standing up for women is 24 hours of rape threats.”

She supported her words by the fact that the Bank of England had changed its mind so Twitter could do the same.

 

 

Father of Clare Wood Calls for Rollout of Domestic Violence Law

After the murder of Clare Wood by her ex-partner, her father insists that the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS) has to be rolled out across the UK.

This scheme would make it possible for everyone to get in touch with the police and check if their partner has in the past had any abusive offences.

Greater Manchester, Nottinghamshire, Gwent, and Wiltshire are already trying the scheme. Аlso, please check out Health and Safety -HR documents.

The number of disclosure applications the police has received recently is significant. Their number is 102 for Wiltshire and only 39 for Gwent.

According to Michael Brown, Clare Wood’s father, this large number of applications meant people needed the change.

“At present the trial is only being used in four counties, but in those counties we are having anything up to 100 applications so far,” he said. “If you multiply that by the number of police forces in England and Wales, that’s somewhere in the region of 4,300 people a year being helped.”

The man who killed Clare Wood had in the past committed many violent and abusive offences against women. Ms Wood’s father believes Clare’s law would have saved the life of his daughter, as at that time she had no way to find out about the past acts of her partner.   Polly Neate, from the Women’s Aid charity, commented that in her view Clare’s Law would not be helpful to most of the victims of domestic violence.

“Many perpetrators of domestic violence do not have a previous conviction, so a woman might find out that her partner does not have a previous conviction but that doesn’t always mean he isn’t dangerous.”

In the words of policing minister Damian Green the government had set aside £40m in order to cope with domestic sexual violence.

 

Killers’ life terms ‘breach their human rights’

The judges from the European Court of Human Rights ruled by 16 to 1 that the whole life sentences of murderer Jeremy Bamber and two other killers need to be reviewed but added that this could not be assumed as a sign of imminent release.

PM, on the other hand, declared he supported and preferred whole life tariffs.

After murdering five members of his family in Essex in 1985, Bamber now claims he had not committed a crime and brought the case to the court’s upper chamber. In his words his schizophrenic sister Sheila Caffell shot her family before turning the gun on herself.

The number of people in England and Wales who are serving whole life tariffs is 49. Justice secretary is the only one who has to right to release some of them on compassion grounds- in case they are terminally ill or seriously incapacitated.

The prisoners called their sentences “inhuman and degrading” and Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights protected them from inhuman or degrading treatment. By the way, don`t forget to check our HR document templates.

The only way for a life sentence to remain compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights is after a review of the release possibility.

The judges said national authorities had to decide when such a review should take place.

Former Labour home secretary David Blunkett said his government changed the law “so that life really meant life when sentencing those who had committed the most heinous crimes”.

Serial killer Peter Moore and double murderer Douglas Vinter are the other two guys who appeal their sentences together with Bamber. Moore killed four gay men in north Wales in 1995 and Vinter admitted killing his wife Anne White in 2008.

Lord Chief Justice said jail without the possibility of release should be “reserved for the few exceptionally serious offences”.

 

David Cameron: Intelligence Agencies Work within Law

According to PM David Cameron intelligence agencies operate within the law.

There are allegations that certain agencies have gathered and shared phone records and internet data.

It is still not confirmed or denied if GCHQ had been given access to a US spy programme called Prism but America’s National Security Agency and the FBI are expected to get access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Skype, Microsoft and some other of the world’s top internet companies. They all said they would not give the US government access to their servers.

Mr. Cameron stated that UK’s intelligence agencies kept people safe as at the same time operated within the law. The Legal Stop also keeps their clients safe and helps them find a wide variety of business documents, corporate documents, employment documents and HR documents.

In the words of Conservative MP Sir Malcolm Rifkind due to the British law such agencies need to get ministerial authority so that they get the opportunity to look at the content of the emails of British citizens.

An increase of 137% was registered for the intelligent reports GCHQ did in the 12 months to May 2012.

However, the minister with responsibility for GCHQ announced that UK citizens had nothing to worry about.

Shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander told Today: “These agencies do vital work for us week in and week out. But it’s also vital that the public have confidence that they are operating in a framework of legality.”

Conservative MP Dominic Raab shared his opinion that the happening changes influenced seriously the view of the people so public confidence would erode.

The Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution protects the content of people’s phone conversations.

Government officials may scoop up information on duration and timing of certain calls.

Mr. Obama announced surveillance programmes would protect the US from terrorist attacks

 

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.

 

Sellers Of Lads’ Mags Could Face Legal Action

Retailers were warned by a campaign targeting the so-called “lads’ mags”, that they would most probably face legal action in case they continue selling the magazines.

According to this campaign the magazines showed naked and semi-naked women on their covers so it could be assumed as an act of sexual discrimination that staff was made to handle them.

Eleven lawyers backed up the campaign stating that these magazines also breached the equality legislation in the way they exposed them to their customers.

The campaign was launched in the Guardian with an open letter written by the lawyers.

This letter explains that there are other cases in which staff successfully sued employers for the exposure to pornographic material at work.

Kat Banyard, founder of UK Feminista, said: “For too long supermarkets have got off the hook, stocking lads’ mags in the face of widespread opposition, but this time we have the law on our side.

“Every shop that sells lads’ mags – publications which are deeply harmful to women – are opening themselves up to legal action.”

In the words of lawyers supermarkets that refuse to stop selling lads’ mags would end up in court.

The response of the British Retail Consortium was saying that BRC members did not sell anything illegal and that through voluntary action they observed whether all the front covers which may concern some people are displayed discreetly.

They announced they would not stop having conversations with staff and customers on what is appropriate and what is not.Probably a new HR policy will take place, when it comes to such materials.

 

 

 

Sentences in Certain Magistrates’ Courts Vary too Much

Investigations show that sentences in certain magistrates’ courts vary too much. The statistics of Ministry of Justice point out that a man convicted of a crime in Derbyshire is four times more likely to go to prison than a person with the same offense in Northumbria.By having said that do you have the HR Documents necessary for each company all over Great Britain?

This all happens regardless the existing strict national guidelines on sentencing.

An examining of the information given on sentences for the areas in England and Wales by the Howard League for Penal Reform, found that in 2011, 3.8 percent of cases resulted in a custodial sentence, and 4.3 percent in Wales. The percentage in England show a decrease by over a percent from 4.9 percent in 2001, and the Welsh figure has risen from 4.0 percent.

Statistics show different data when talking about immediate sentences- in Birmingham about 6 percent of criminals are given immediate jail sentences, while in London their percent is only four.

A “striking disparity” was found between sentencing rates of areas like Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and Northumbria. The cases with imposed sentences in Northamptonshire were 6.5 per cent, for Warwickshire they were 1.5 per cent and for Northumbria they were 1.6 per cent

The magistrates’ court may set a maximum sentence of about six months for a single offense, or double for multiple aberrations.

The chief executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, Frances Crook, said: “It is pleasing to see that magistrates’ courts are sending fewer people to prison overall than they have in the past.

According to him, the short-term prison sentence would not make the life of the person sentenced better. This could only make them either drug addicted or prone to re offend.

 

Justice Secretary Invites World To Settle Legal Disputes In The UK

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling sent invitations to litigants from the whole globe offering them to bring their legal issues to London.

He wanted to promote the UK legal services market across the world, mentioning that “any plan to promote UK industry abroad that ignored legal services would be like going to Wimbledon and missing the tennis”.

Yearly legal services bring about £3.5 billion as only the battle between Roman Abramovich and fellow Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky made as much as £100 million pounds for the lawyers in London.

In an announcement at London law firm Allen & Overy, Mr Grayling said he intended to increase the sum that the British legal services market makes to the UK economy each year.

In the words of Mr. Grayling, Britain is one of the countries with the best reputation when speaking about law but he desired to go further “Promoting industry. Promoting growth. Promoting jobs. Encouraging international businesses to come to the UK to have contracts written and disputes resolved.”

He also mentioned that UK courts were cheaper and worked faster than those in other European countries. This is why in his opinion foreign litigants would be attracted by the fame of the UK legal system.

“We’re a world leader in legal services. London is the venue of choice for more international and commercial cases than any other city on earth. This is a sector that contributes over £20 billion to the UK economy.”

Unfortunately lawyers made complaints that as wealthy people from all over the world were invited to London at the same time there are many UK citizens who are being denied access to justice because of the cuts in legal aid.

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Lack of Cyber-Crime Fighters in the UK

According to a cyber security report by the National Audit Office, the UK is not equipped well enough to defend cyber-crime in the next 20 years, because of a lack of skilled cyber-crime specialists, who will be able to fight them.

The report claims the lack is a result of not promoting computer science and technology  subjects enough in schools, which means very few students are eager to study these subjects at university. The estimated cyber crime costs at the UK are £27 billion per year, in spite of the fact that there is a significant progress to tackle online fraud.

The NAO considers that effective measures should be taken, so educator would put more effort than simply instilling potential cyber crime fighters with the technical know-how to protect UK systems “…there is also a need for psychologists; law enforcers; corporate strategists and risk managers. Other professionals such as lawyers and accountants also need to understand cyber security in order to assess, manage and mitigate the business risk of cyber threats.”

Although the report is full of dire warnings related to the UK cyber security, it has been found that the government  was looking into overhauling the ICT curriculum to produce future cyber crime fighters. “It expects cyber security to be a strong strand of the future GCSE computer science syllabus.” in addition, the government has already taken some essential steps to strengthen UK`s cyber security. This includes the implementation of the National Cyber Security Programme by 2015, to which the government has committed £650 million.

According to the report 36 sites, selling credit card details and bank accounts have been closed down in 2012 by the Serious Organised Crime Agency. By doing so , £500 million worth of international fraud has been prevented.

“The threat to cyber security is persistent and continually evolving. Business, government and the public must constantly be alert to the level of risk if they are to succeed in detecting and resisting the threat of cyber attack,” said Amyas Morse from the National Audit Office.

“It is good that the Government has articulated what success would look like at the end of the programme. It is crucial, in addition, that progress towards that point is in some form capable of being measured and value for money assessed.”

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