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More than 900 reports of potential modern slavery cases at hand car washes

11th Apr 2019
James Mildred

A pioneering app designed by the Church of England has been used to report nearly 1,000 potential modern slavery cases at car washes, one year on from when it was introduced.

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Senior doctor quits Royal College over new assisted suicide stance

8th Apr 2019
James Mildred

The chairman of the ethics committee at the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has resigned over the RCP’s new official stance of ‘neutral’ on assisted suicide.

MSPs push back strongly on assisted suicide

8th Apr 2019
James Mildred

A cross-party group of MSPs has spoken out about fresh attempts to introduce assisted suicide in Scotland.

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MoJ figures show an increase in divorce petitions

3rd Apr 2019
Jonathan Williams

The latest figures from the Ministry of Justice show an 8 per cent rise in divorce petitions in 2018 compared to 2017, the biggest increase for 15 years. There were 118,141 divorce petitions made last year, 8,788 more than 2017.

Bookmakers in trouble over new high stakes games

3rd Apr 2019
James Mildred

Two of the UK’s largest bookmakers have been forced to drop new, high stakes, roulette-style games after an investigation by the Gambling Commission.

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45 day limit on support for modern slavery victims could be unlawful

2nd Apr 2019
James Mildred

The current Home Office limit on the guaranteed level of support for confirmed victims of modern slavery in England and Wales could be unlawful, a High Court Judge has said.

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Online porn age-verification scheme still not ready

28th Mar 2019
James Mildred

The new age-verification scheme on commercial pornographic websites is still not ready, the Government has admitted. It had been reported that the scheme would come into force on 1 April this year, but that no longer appears to be the case.

MPs vote through sex-ed regulations despite concerns raised

28th Mar 2019
Jonathan Williams

MPs have voted through regulations that will require relationships education to be taught at primary school and relationships and sex education to be taught at secondary school across England, by 538 votes to 21. Some positive elements

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Government stall at providing modern slavery victims with greater support

28th Mar 2019
James Mildred

MPs from across the House used a Westminster Hall debate to push for further support in law for victims of modern slavery. Tabled by the Rt Hon.

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Police response to modern slavery victims obstructing prosecution of traffickers

25th Mar 2019
Rachael Adams

“The officer said they wanted to see someone shackled to the wall, not someone who could’ve opened a door and left.” – Hestia keyworker.

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