80% Of Girls Say Schools Need To Do More To Tackle Sexual Harassment
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by Emma Guy
5d ago
The UK is facing a ‘national crisis’ of sexual violence and harassment in schools. According to new findings by the End Violence Against Women coalition (EVAW), 80% of girls think schools need to do more to tackle sexual harassment. Almost a third of girls think schools wouldn’t take reports of sexual harassment seriously, while 24% of  girls in mixed-sex schools say they have been the subject of unwanted sexual touching at school. All schools in England must have a child protection policy in place, including measures in relation to protecting children from sexual harassment, whether f ..read more
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Home Secretary Instructed To Increase Asylum Support Payments
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by Emma Guy
2w ago
The High Court has instructed the home secretary, Suella Braverman, to immediately increase the weekly support payments made to asylum seekers from £40.85 to £45. It is the largest ever single increase in the rate of asylum support and is said it will help with the cost of living during 2023. The order given by the court requires Braverman to make an immediate increase in the asylum support rate by 10.1% on an interim basis. A previous decision from 2022, to increase support payments using inflation data from September 2021, meant that payment rates did not take into account the impact ..read more
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High Court Will Allow An Appeal Against The Rwanda Policy
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by Emma Guy
2w ago
The High Court will allow an appeal against last month’s ruling which found the Home Office’s Rwanda policy to be lawful. Under the £120m migration partnership scheme, people seeking asylum would be sent to Rwanda where their claim would be assessed. The case will now be heard before the Court of Appeal and no flights will be leaving the UK to Rwanda under the scheme until a ruling has been made. The High Court ruling, last month, found that the relocation of asylum seekers to Rwanda is consistent with the Refugee Convention and with the statutory and other legal obligations on the gove ..read more
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Human Rights In The UK Are In Crisis According To New Report
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by Emma Guy
2w ago
Over 70 organisations from across civil society in England and Wales have provided evidence for a new report to the UN on the UK’s human rights record. The report concludes that rights in the UK – including everyday rights such as to food, housing, social security, work, trade unions, health and education – are in crisis. Shocking statistics outline the state of human rights in the UK The report identifies a number of shocking statistics, including the fact that one in four children are growing up in poverty in the UK. The report outlines that in 2021/22, a staggering 2.1m emergency food par ..read more
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What Might The Anti-Strike Bill Mean For Workers?
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by Emma Guy
3w ago
On 10 January, the government introduced the Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill or anti-strike Bill to Parliament. While the bill has some way to go as it makes its way through several readings and into the House of Lords, union members say that it the legislation is not necessary.  It’s become a top priority for prime minister Rishi Sunak and the government has said it is a necessary piece of legislation. However, trade union members have spoke up about their concerns that some union members would be required to continue working amid strike action if the legislation is passed. The Bi ..read more
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The Government Accepts Recommendations To Protect Human Rights In Care Settings
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by Emma Guy
3w ago
The government has accepted recommendations made by the Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) on protecting human rights in health and social care settings. A formal response has been published following concerns about the protection of human rights in care settings which include the right to life (Article 2) and the right to be free from torture and degrading treatment (Article 3). The government accepts recommendations to protect rights  The JCHR report (2022) made several recommendations including the provision of medical and personal care, ongoing concerns about visiting arra ..read more
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New Bill Would Mean Every Primary School Child Gets Free School Meals
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by Emma Guy
1M ago
A Bill has been tabled to extend eligibility for free school meals to all children in state primary schools. It was read for the first time in front of the House of Commons last month by Zarah Sultana, MP for Coventry South. In the UK, approximately 4 million children are growing up in poverty, with almost a quarter of them not currently receiving a free meal at school. Sultana said of the Bill: “It is a solution to children crying because they have not had a decent meal all day, and an answer to kids who feel that they have to steal food just to get by. It would extend free school meals to a ..read more
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Rwanda Policy Ruled Lawful But ‘Awful’
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by Emma Guy
1M ago
The High Court has ruled that the government’s ‘awful‘ Rwanda policy is lawful. This follows an intervention from the European Court of Human Rights, which in a last-minute ruling stopped any flights under the scheme until the UK’s domestic courts could determine if it was legal. While the policy was ruled legal, eight individual cases will be determined separately and another hearing could be launched in 2023 if an appeal is made.  The summary of the decisions of the Divisional Court stated: “On the evidence before this court, the government has made arrangements with the government o ..read more
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Parliament Launches New Inquiry Into Assisted Dying
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by Emma Guy
2M ago
Content warning: the following article contains references to assisted dying.  The Health and Social Care Committee has launched an inquiry into assisted dying. It was announced during a parliamentary session on 5 December following a private members’ Bill which was introduced to the House of Lords in 2021. The Bill did not make it past committee stage in 2021 and this is the first time parliament has launched an inquiry into assisted dying.  In England and Wales, it is illegal to assist or encourage another person’s suicide under section 2(1) of the Suicide Act 1961. Euthanasia is ..read more
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Appeal Begins For People Fighting For The £20 Uplift In Universal Credit Payments
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by Emma Guy
2M ago
Two million people on legacy benefits missed out more than £1,500 in extra Universal Credit support payments during the Covid-19 lockdown in the UK. Four claimants brought a challenge to the High Court in November 2021 in relation to the UK government’s failure to apply a similar increase to legacy benefits. Today, the Court of Appeal will heard the case.  During UK national lockdowns between April 2020 to October 2021, people on universal credit received a £20 weekly increase from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). The increase was to help them pay for additional costs inc ..read more
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