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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 »

Posted 15th December, 2013 under Miscellaneous by

A DELIVERY driver who was left disabled after breaking his ankle at work has won a payout from his employer. Walter Kitch loved his job delivering eggs across the North East, but he was left devastated after breaking his ankle on ice when his boss failed to put grit down. He was forced to take… Read more »

Posted 13th December, 2013 under Miscellaneous by

As anyone who has ever bought or sold a house will know, the conveyancing process can sometimes seem frustratingly slow. Even if there is no chain, the sheer volume of documents that need to be shared and agreed between solicitors, estate agents and lenders often mean that things can take a long time. Of course,… Read more »

Posted 12th December, 2013 under Miscellaneous by

About 45% of marriages end in divorce these days with one in three children experiencing parental separation before they are 16. Not surprisingly the breakdown of a relationship can have a significant impact on the physical and mental health of all those involved.  This is not necessarily limited to the couple and their children but… Read more »

Posted 11th December, 2013 under Miscellaneous by

Help to buy blog for week commencing 14.10.13 Following the launch this week of the second stage of the Government’s Help to Buy scheme, expert opinion is divided about the impact it will have on the housing market. Whilst critics of the scheme cite the easy availability of debt, which they say will inflate house… Read more »

Posted 09th December, 2013 under Miscellaneous by

News that the government has rejected plans by insurers to change the way Mesothelioma claims are handled is welcome news indeed, but the fight to achieve justice for victims is far from over. Following consultation with victims’ groups, the plans – which were proposed by the very insurers who have to pay out when a… Read more »

Posted 08th December, 2013 under Miscellaneous by

The Naked Rambler has lost his appeal against his conviction under section 5 of the Public Order Act (behavior likely to cause ‘harassment, alarm or distress). Notwithstanding the appellant’s article 10 right to freedom of expression a conviction under section 5 Public Order Act 1986 was proportionate when the appellant chose to walk through a… Read more »

Posted 07th December, 2013 under Miscellaneous by

The Equal Pay Act, 1970 came into force on 29 December 1975, following the strikes at Ford’s Dagenham site by machinists who were paid significantly less than their male colleagues for comparable work. In the Act the UK recognised and made a commitment to addressing pay inequality for women. The Act has since been replaced… Read more »