Government to slash bereavement benefits

March 17, 2017 0 comments

family law

Bereaved families could find themselves up to £12,000 worse off following government cuts to benefit payments. This week the House of Commons voted in favour of the new Bereavement Support Payment Regulations. Under these rules, parents who have lost their partner will only be entitled to support for 18 months. Currently, when a parent is…

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Refuge for a day from a media in meltdown

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December 25, 2016 6 comments

the media

On Christmas Day may we all be protected, if only for a short while, from a media in meltdown. Up here in the real world, far removed from all those terribly important and influential political reporters, inhabitants of Luvvie London,  Christmas is finally here and hurray for that. No doubt most of us will be welcoming…

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Taliban murder woman for divorcing husband

December 21, 2016 1 comment

divorce

Taliban guerrilla fighters murdered an Afghan woman for divorcing her husband and marrying another man according to local reports. The victim’s husband had supposedly authorised her divorce while working in Iran. She duly married another man and set up home with him. But when her first husband later returned to Afghanistan he denied consenting to…

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MPs sceptical about Troubled Families programme

December 20, 2016 0 comments

family life

A committee of MPs has cast doubt on government claims about the success of the Troubled Families programme. Established in 2012, the programme aimed to help disadvantaged families struggling with social problems via millions in funding channelled through their local authorities.  A multimillion pound funding programme was  allocated in two tranches, with the aim of…

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Former boyfriend sabotaged bride’s wedding

December 2, 2016 1 comment

marriage

Police in the Indian metropolis of Mumbai have issued a warrant for the arrest of a man who allegedly sabotaged the wedding of his former girlfriend. The 26 year-old, from the western suburb of Jogeshwari , had been in a relationship with a local 22 year-old for around a year, the Hindustan Times reports. She…

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Council warned after worker loses data on roof of car

November 16, 2016 0 comments

social workers

The London Borough of Ealing has been warned to strengthen its data protection measures after a social worker left confidential files on the roof of her car and drove off. The incident occurred in February this year. The files, a court bundle containing personal data on 27 people, including 14 children, fell off the car…

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Woman ‘raped’ in Dubai faces prosecution

November 16, 2016 0 comments

finances and divorce

A British woman faces criminal prosecution for having sex outside of marriage in Dubai after she was allegedly gang-raped. The 25 year-old tourist was reportedly attacked by two British men after they took her to a hotel room last month. However, when she went to the police to report the crime, the Dubai police arrested…

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Lonely Korean men targeted by marriage scammers

October 29, 2016 4 comments

marriage

South Korean police have launched an international investigation following reports that internet scammers have defrauded men in the coastal city of Busan. The unmarried victims received messages claiming to be from American or British female medical officers looking to settle in Korea. They were liberally illustrated with photos apparently showing the women. Men who responded…

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New Master of the Rolls appointed

October 5, 2016 0 comments

family law

Sir Terence Etherton has been appointed Master of the Rolls following the retirement of Lord Dyson after four years. The Master of the Rolls is the second most senior judicial post, after the Lord Chief Justice. The position is an ancient one, dating back to at least the 13th Century. The name refer to the…

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MPs to consider Brexit implications for young people

October 5, 2016 0 comments

young people

A group of MPs has launched an enquiry into the likely impact of Brexit on international opportunities for young people. The Erasmus+ programme offers funding for young people who wish t to study and gain work experience in Europe. It is the successor to the earlier Erasmus programme (European Region Action Scheme for the Mobility…

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