UK Legislation

Change in Legislation Recognises Control Is at the Centre of Domestic Abuse

Diana Barran | Posted 30.12.2015 | UK
Diana Barran

From 29 December, 'controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationship' will become illegal. It does not need to be physically violent; it does not even need to be physically threatening, but it is abuse. From now, you can be tried in a criminal court and face up to five years in prison if found guilty of it.

Digital Is the Future in the Wake of Strong Decision Made by the UK

Gi Fernando | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK Tech
Gi Fernando

Limiting internet use will also negatively affect young people's social lives; we live in an era where social media makes up the fabric of social interaction. That which is optional for an older generation is as natural and as necessary as a telephone for today's youth, and offers opportunities for creativity and expression that it is simply wrong to curtail.

Green Investment Bank Privatisation - Six Questions That Need Answers

Sepi Golzari-Munro | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Politics
Sepi Golzari-Munro

With infrastructure at the heart of last week's spending review, Government moves to sell-off the country's only infrastructure investment bank beco...

Would You Take a Ride in a Driverless Car?

Simon Spooner | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK Tech
Simon Spooner

The developers of driverless cars are under a great deal of pressure to ensure that systems are completely secure. A hacked car would have the potential to cause massive damage.

Sharing Our Future

Karim Goudiaby | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK Tech
Karim Goudiaby

Despite the fact that the sharing economy is such a basic endeavor that has existed for centuries, many economists, corporate thought leaders, members of the workforce, and consumers themselves, have expressed hesitations regarding this model.

Anti-Screen Scraping Ts and Cs Can Be Effective, Rules European Court

Andrew Tibber | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Tech
Andrew Tibber

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled that website terms and conditions prohibiting the wholesale extraction of data - aka screen-scraping - can be enforceable.

Porn and Unrecognised Desires

Rose Gibbs | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rose Gibbs

I don't think it should surprise anyone that women's pleasure is not top the list when it comes to pornography in the first place- the fact that it is being banned, just further reinforces what we already know: Porn is made for men.

When Is Truth Irrelevant in Divorce

Vanessa Lloyd Platt | Posted 15.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Vanessa Lloyd Platt

In the light of the Leveson hacking inquiry, the issue of safeguarding the individual's privacy has been found to be paramount. Whilst there have been few prosecutions arising from "relationship hacking" in divorce or relationship breakdown, this is certainly set to change.

Companies, Charities, Co-operatives - Three Legs of the Economic Stool

Ed Mayo | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK
Ed Mayo

The new century has seen two great reforms of organizational life in the UK, in the form of new Acts of Parliament that review and consolidate all the relevant existing legislation. The first was the Companies Act 2006, which followed a lengthy Company Law Review. The second was the Charities Act 2011.

Modern Slavery. It's Time to Act.

Emily Campbell | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Emily Campbell

People are being bought and sold... Something of an epidemic, there are alarmingly many more human persons subject to slavery today, right now and in this moment than there ever was during the entire history of the slave trade.

Do We Need New Disablism Laws?

Simon Stevens | Posted 17.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

No law alone can make one person change their opinion of another person, and just adding law after law to try to will not help anyone, and may actually cause harm and resentment. Instead, we need to get our hands dirty and actually step by step, person by person, create better understanding and behaviour, that could result in better attitudes if we play our cards right.

Five Reasons Why Flexible Working Hours Can Be Good For Business

Diana Verde Nieto | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Diana Verde Nieto

While employers can refuse the request if it is considered detrimental to business interests - for example, it may incur extra staff costs - the right to appeal is also built into the guidelines and feedback is mandatory, giving employees the opportunity to demonstrate why their request should be granted. If organised properly, flexible working hours CAN be good for business.

What the European Parliament Has Done for You Over the Past Five Years

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

Although much has been achieved by the 7th legislature, the work is far from complete. Europe has yet to resume full economic growth, many banks are still ailing and millions continue to be unemployed. The results of the European elections in May will not only determine the direction the EU will take, but how it will tackle these issues.

Businesses Could Face Prosecution If They Fail To Cater To Gay Weddings

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK

Businesses risk breaking the law if they refuse to offer their services to gay couples getting married, the government's equality watchdog has said. ...

Why Smokers Must Be Shamed

Jemma Wayne | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jemma Wayne

People may be happy to be seen as a fun kind of tipsy at a party, but nobody wants to be a drunk-driver.... Playing with our own safety is something that must remain personal choice, but the second it endangers somebody else, anybody else, this is the time for the state, and society, to step in. Smoking anywhere in public must become as unacceptable as drink driving.

Should It Really Be Illegal to Smoke in a Car When You Have a Child in the Car? How Will It Be Enforced and What is Next?

Dr Nicholas M. Almond | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Nicholas M. Almond

Any sensible adult knows that one should not smoke around children and especially when one is in an enclosed space such as a car or even in the same room; however do we really need legal legislation for this? There are a number of issues that we need clarification on, but we also must ask how the police are going to enforce this law?

Storms on the Climate Horizon

Barry Gardiner | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Politics
Barry Gardiner

Science tells us that no particular adverse weather event either can or should be put down to climate change. That is just not the way climate change works. However, science also tells us that climate change will certainly bring an increase in both the frequency and severity of adverse weather events in general.

Gambling Bill's Regulatory Failings Highlighted in Lords Debate

Peter Howitt | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Howitt

Last week's committee stage debate in the House of Lords highlighted concern and confusion over the powers afforded to the Gambling Commission to regulate foreign operators, under the proposed Gambling Bill.

UK Should Follow New Zealand In Dealing With Legal Highs 'Epidemic'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

The Government and police are failing to get to grips with an "epidemic" of so-called legal highs and an overhaul of legislation is needed, a cross-pa...

Post-Warsaw, Why We Must Now Redouble Efforts to Secure a Global Climate Deal by 2015

Adam Matthews | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Adam Matthews

Warsaw revealed some serious divisions amongst groups of countries, and the language used became ever more heated. Indeed, the negotiations may well have raised the curtain on what will be some very difficult discussions when countries come forward with their 'contributions' from the end of next year.

What Price Justice?

Isaac Shaffer | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Isaac Shaffer

Legal aid is there to make sure that people can get justice even when they do not have the financial means to pay for it. It is based on the principle that the law should apply to all (and protect all) equally.

Locked Out: Why Modern Business Needs to Become More Inclusive

Andrew Millard | Posted 14.12.2013 | UK
Andrew Millard

From April 2015, the Government intends to introduce shared parental leave, allowing new parents to choose how they share a year's worth of leave after the birth of their child...

Why Buying Sex Is an Act of Violence

Gabriella Apicella | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Gabriella Apicella

If prostitution rates are to be brought down, and women made safer, the laws around prostitution must be changed. Even the "punters" themselves confessed during interviews for research conducted by Eaves that the most effective deterrents for them would be being added to the sex offender register, publicly identified, or time in prison.

As IPCC Launches Landmark Study, Is the Tide Turning on Tackling Climate Change?

Andrew Hammond | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK
Andrew Hammond

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released last Friday the most comprehensive ever study on global warming. The landmark report, prepared by more than 200 scientists over two years, concludes that global temperatures could rise by up to 4.8 Celsius (8.6 Fahrenheit) by the end of this century compared to pre-industrial levels, but could potentially still be held to 0.3 C (0.5 F) with deep, speedy cuts in emissions.

Henry VIII Rules, Not OK

Tony Ballard | Posted 09.11.2013 | UK Politics
Tony Ballard

Public service broadcasting in the UK is the result of some 90 years of deliberate and carefully considered policy. In the Communications Act, Parliament for the first time incorporated that policy comprehensively in legislation and set up the review and reporting process to support it.