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Posted 03rd December, 2014 under Miscellaneous by

Attending University can be an expensive time, especially with tuition fees rising – so are you getting what you’ve paid for? Information released by the BBC today indicates that student complaints and appeals have increased and that this may be directly linked to the rise in tuition fees.  With students and their families paying up… Read more »

Posted 02nd December, 2014 under Miscellaneous by

The economy may be looking a little healthier according to some, but many people are yet to feel the effect. Many of us have endured a period of reduced or stagnated income as businesses try to reduce their expenditure in order to survive this period of austerity. Against this background, it is not surprising that… Read more »

Posted 05th November, 2014 under Employment Law by

Overtime payments should be included in holiday pay following a landmark ruling, which could affect thousands of workers across the North East. The Employment Appeal Tribunal has ruled that, for workers who regularly receive additional payments like overtime, commission or bonuses, these must be included in the pay they receive when they take annual leave… Read more »

Posted 23rd October, 2014 under Employment Law by

Judges have ruled that a lorry driver who died of mesothelioma was entitled to compensation, even though he did not work directly with the asbestos that caused his illness. Percy McDonald collected waste products from Battersea Power Station between 1954 and 1958. Although he was not working directly with asbestos, he was exposed to the… Read more »

Posted 31st December, 2013 under Miscellaneous by

The Ministry of Justice’s refusal to raise the small claims court limit has been hailed as a victory for accident victims and for common sense. At the moment, victims who have a claim worth less than £1,000 cannot claim their solicitor’s fees from the person responsible for the accident. Insurance companies have long been lobbying… Read more »

Posted 28th December, 2013 under Miscellaneous by

Every year, the treasury claims tens of millions of pounds from people who die without making a will. Yet despite the fact that most of us would prefer to choose who gets what on the event of our death, still only one in three of us has made a will. So what is it about… Read more »

Posted 27th December, 2013 under Miscellaneous by

Motoring offences and road traffic law can be a minefield. The range of offences is vast, from stopping on a pelican crossing to dangerous driving. Even minor road traffic offences can cause a motorist serious difficulties – particularly if the points start to stack up. For many people facing an endorsement on their licence the… Read more »

Posted 26th December, 2013 under Miscellaneous by

According to the Alzheimer’s Society there are currently 800,000 people in the UK with dementia, including over 17,000 younger people. It is predicted that the number will exceed one million people by 2021. Headway tell us that there are over one million people in the UK living with the long-term effects of a brain injury,… Read more »

Posted 25th December, 2013 under Miscellaneous by

A BUS company that failed to grit its car park has paid out £130,000 in compensation after a bus driver slipped on ice. The Unite Member was a bus driver employed by Go North East, working from their Gateshead Depot. In the harsh winter of 2010, he slipped on ice in the work’s carpark. Go… Read more »

Posted 25th December, 2013 under Miscellaneous by

Blacklisting is the practice of employers refusing to employ, dismissing or discriminating against those who are or who have been members of a Trade Union. Some employers, particularly in the construction industry, have been known to buy lists of names of Union members, and then make decisions about whether to employ a person based on… Read more »

Posted 21st December, 2013 under Miscellaneous by

Last week the heath secretary, Jeremy Hunt, called on each of us to look at how we treat our elderly relatives. He said that the loneliness endured by many elderly people, many of whom live in care homes or sheltered accommodation, was “shameful.” Some may find this a little galling coming from a government whose… Read more »

Posted 19th December, 2013 under Miscellaneous by

Staff at Felling drinks wholesaler Waverley TBS were left “completely shocked” in October when bosses informed them, without any form of consultation, that they no longer had a job. The firm had gone into administration and, when a buyer could not be found, workers were told at a meeting just six days later that they… Read more »