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”.

 

EU referendum: MPs call for public to have their say

Conservative MPs try to persuade the public that they need to give their votes in a referendum on whether Britain should remain in the European Union.

James Wharton proposed that such thing has to be voted by 2017 and the first time his proposal has been debated 304 MPs backed it.

Right after David Cameron found out the results of the vote he wrote on Twitter: “Referendum Bill passes first Commons stage, bringing us one step closer to giving the British people a say on Europe.”

Despite the results, which raised people’s hopes there are still many who will certainly oppose to the bill.

Ken Clarke, Sir Richard Shepherd, Jason McCartney, Sir Malcolm Rifkind and Gary Streeter were the only Conservative MPs who decided not to vote. Many companies might be affected by the result, as many corporate documents will be required if any changes occur.

When starting the debate Mr. Wharton said his bill would allow UK citizens decide the future of their country.  He mentioned that a good example of what he had said were the referendums held in Wales and Scotland.

“We have had so many referendums on so many things,” he said. “It would seem to be farcical to deny a say on such an important thing which matters to so many people.”

William Hague asked all the true democrats to support this bill as it would definitely lead to referendum.

However, Mr. Alexander called this referendum an obsession and stated it was unrealistic.

Because of the Lib Dem opposition, the promise of the prime minister of a referendum by the end of 2017, cannot be accomplished.

Bills proposed by private members have to be backed by the government, otherwise they cannot become laws.

According to UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage if the campaign of the referendum is a good one many people would give their votes.

 

David Cameron ‘warned he cannot stop pay rise for MPs’

BBC found out that the Prime Minister David Cameron will most probably not succeed to block plans for a big pay rise for MPs.

The salaries of the backbench MPs’ are expected to increase from £66,000 to more than £70,000.

PM did not agree with these plans but he could do nothing to stop these.

In the words of the BBC’s political editor the recommendation of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority’s (Ipsa) would make voters angry because the time was such of pay restraints in the public as well as in the private sectors.

Later this month Ipsa is going to announce its initial recommendations. Before it publishes them. MPs and members of the public would be given the possibility to participate in a consultation and right after it finishes the final plans would come into force.

Several newspapers published that the expected increase of backbench MPs salaries is of 15%. Obviously many business documents will be signed before we see it working, but let`s see what the PM thinks.

Speaking in Pakistan, Mr Cameron said:

“Anything would be unthinkable unless the cost of politics was frozen and cut, so I’ll wait and see what Ipsa have to say. What I said to Ipsa was that restraint is necessary.”

Nick Robinson said that in case the government decided to ignore Ipsa’s recommendations MPs would not support its decision.

Last year the Commons agreed to extend the pay freeze into 2013.

However, due to an anonymous online survey 69% of the MPs who were asked were underpaid. They suggested an average salary of £86,250.

Former Labour minister and chairman of the Home Affairs select committee Keith Vaz said: “The last thing on earth MPs should be talking about is their own pay.”

 

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.

 

Super-jails Should Replace Run-Down Prisons – Policy Exchange

A recent report announced that 30 of the old prisons have to be replaced by 12 “super-jails” gathering thousands of prisoners.

According to ex-Ministry of Justice Deputy director Kevin Lockyer this would save £600m annually but the Prison Reform Trust claims that spending money on gigantic jails would be a huge mistake.

Deputy Director said that the appearance and the functioning of the new prisoners would be just like those of campuses.

He suggested the closing of Brixton, Feltham, Holloway, Pentonville, Wandsworth and Wormwood Scrubs, which will lead to a high demand of legal documents- especially employment documents and HR policies.

In his words with the changes proposed the prison budget would save about 20% and the budget of Ministry of Justice would save 9%.

Mr Lockyer said: “In fact, newer prisons outperform older ones, regardless of their size. New hub prisons will not only reduce reoffending and improve safety, they will also deliver vast financial savings and better value for money for the taxpayer.”

He stated the decision of the problem was not trying to reduce the number of prisoners and jails but thinking more carefully about the cutting of cost per prisoner.

The report pointed out that almost a quarter of the prisons were built in the Victorian era and most of the others were built in the 1960s and 1970s. The money for the new prisoners needs to come as borrowings from the public sector.

On the other hand, Juliet Lyon Prison Reform Trust director declared taxpayers’ money should not be spent on super-sized jails as the rates of crimes and reoffending were falling. She added that prison governors, prison inspectors and prison officers also did not like the idea.

“There is scope to close some outdated prisons and reinvest the money saved into effective community solutions to crime.”

 

Financial Rules On Non-EU Spouses Slammed By Parliamentary Group

A group of MPs and peers announced that the financial restrictions on who is permitted to bring a non-EU spouse and who is not usually destroy families.

Due to the new rules if a British citizen wants to sponsor a visa for a spouse from outside of the EU, they need to prove that their annual income is minimum £18,600. This can be done by using legal documents proving it.

In case the same guy wants to sponsor a visa for a child the amount increases to £22,400 and another £2,400 on top of that for each additional child.

However, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration asked for cancellation of these rules as many families suffer because of them mentioning the fact that there are British children who are not able to see their non-UK parents.

The people who think the policy is not that bad say that tax payers have to receive a reduction to the cost.

“If you are bringing someone into the country, then you should be expected to support that person without recourse to public expense,” said Mark Reckless, a Conservative MP who sits on the home affairs select committee. “Over time, it might be possible that the regulations could be adjusted. There will be hard cases and we learn in light of those experiences.”

Those on the opposite opinion said the restrictions were too cruel and pointed some evidence showing that around 47% of the working population of the UK would not meet the new requirements.

The figures that the government published show that the number of citizens unable to comply with the requirements is 18,000. Despite this fact it declared that the changes were necessary.

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

 

Met Police Discusses Positive Discrimination Law Change

The government and the Metropolitan Police are now arguing about a change in the law saying it would allow them to positively discriminate when hiring new officers.

The discussion is over a policy due to which when a white person joins their ranks one from an ethnic minority must also be recruited, so dear employers think about your Equal Opportunities Policy.

Most people think this “50-50” system would not be helpful enough as less than 50% of the London’s population considers themselves as “white British” and at the same time nine in ten officers are white.

The talks with the government are still going on but Simon Byrne, Met Police assistant, stated that if the proposed plans started functioning, these would lead to a change in the law as it would amount to “positive discrimination”.

According to him modern London is a non-stop changing place so the force had to think of proper ways in order to reflect its diversity better.

In his words things had to change as with the years this organization got mainly white males.

Sir Peter Fahy, chief constable of Greater Manchester Police, also told the Guardian that the ethnic makeup prevented the UK police from struggling with terrorism.

“A big part of dealing with terrorism and crime is gathering intelligence, having people who get to know local people so they have the confidence to pass information.”

However, there were many who did not like the idea.

Chairman of the Metropolitan Police branch of the Police Federation, John Tully, said that people who have chosen this job should only prove they were capable of coping with it. The skin and background should not have any influence for the choice of police officers.

Victims To Have Right To Challenge CPS Decisions To Drop Cases

For the future when the Crown Prosecution Service decides not to pursue a case, crime victims in England and Wales would have the possibility to challenge the decisions.

When the victim disagrees with the fact that CPS had decided either not to bring charges against someone or to stop a prosecution they will have the right to ask for a review. Legal documents for this might be required.

Keir Starmer, the director of public prosecutions, commented that most of the final decisions were correct but in spite of this victims needed to be allowed to challenge those otherwise people would stop trusting the criminal justice system.

“The criminal justice system historically treated victims as bystanders and accordingly gave them little say in their cases,” he said.

Such changes started being commented after a case in 2011 when a cerebral palsy was convicted of assaulting sexually two other men in the same condition.

One of his victims then complained to the CPS and this is why charges were pressed to him.

Keir Starmer shared he did not expect a flood of reviews but in fact he believed there would be more than the 1,600 complaints received by the CPS.

“There’s no right to charge. Nobody has that, nor should they,” he stated. “If the right decision was made then it has to be upheld.”

The following reconsideration of the case will not be reviewed by the same lawyer but it will be held in the same region where the first decision was taken.

Decisions made before the policy being in place will not be reviewed.

Reviews will also not be available for such cases which were dismissed by the police rather than the CPS.