Squatting has today become a criminal offence in England and Wales, with ministers declaring the move will help protect hard-working homeowners. So-called ‘squatters’ rights’ are to be scrapped, with persistent offenders facing the prospect of up to six months in prison, a £5,000 fine or both. Justice minister Crispin Blunt said the new law will
Britain to give aid to Syrian Opposition Groups… what will be the consequence?
Britain is to give humanitarian aid to the Free Syrian Army more than tripling its humanitarian and other non-lethal aid to international opposition and human rights groups. The government has argued that the Syrian population could not wait indefinitely for a diplomatic solution to the conflict. The £5m in aid will go to recipients inside
Fears on disabled worker pensions
The Government has been accused of “turning the screws” on disabled workers who, unions say, will receive worse pensions when their Remploy factories are shut and they transfer to private employers. Plans have been announced by the Government to shut 27 factories by the end of the year, with 18 due to close or be
Call over remand prisoner treatment
The Chief Inspector of Prisons has advocated a change in the way defendants are held on remand in prison to ensure places are not used unnecessarily. A prison place costs £40,000 per year on average and around 12,000 to 13,000 prisoners are held on remand for an average of nine weeks. And Nick Hardwick says